Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In Blue & Green at the Crudrat Wrap Party in Hayward

Hello Fashionable Reader! Today I have for you and blue & green patterned dress with brown accessories worn at the Crudrat Wrap Party. I first wore this dress in France but I haven't had a chance to wear it locally before this event. I chose it because it kind of went with the book's cover.

Book not available for purchase.

I paired it with brown accessories because I never have a chance to wear them. My browns don't travel well, so I don't wear them often. I went with a little neck scarf and a beret for a French look.

The wrist muff is s Thrift store score for $12 (yes it's real and it has a zipper with a secret pocket), the scarf is also Thrifted $2, vintage leather gloves were a gift, earrings I bought at a steampunk convention.
Miz Mooz boots in dark brown, no longer available

Stylebook: glimpse at my brown collection

The event was a blast and I had a grand time. For medical reasons I am also wearing fully corseted foundation garments. (I don't really post about it much but when you have size J boobs on a size 4 frame, the weight can really cause serious problems. Lately, I've been unable to wear a bra because I needed stitches on my back right where every single bra strap hits. When I can't wear a bra I can't really do anything, not even leave the house, people stare and I feel humiliated and awful. I can't exercise and I get depressed. Life with a Rack, mostly, is no fun. Sorry boys, but that's the truth of it.) Anyway, I could reschedule the wrap party so I went with my only other option, strapless corset. Like so:

Balmain dress and petticoat, circa 1950

Although I am using a Victorian style fully boned corset.

Mine is custom made from Dark Garden and I've tweaked it to make is as comfortable as possible and not laced tight. Unfortunately, most of my clothing doesn't really work with a corset, it hangs wrong. Even the vintage stuff. Not so this dress.

With Stephanie (instrumental in organizing) via FB
Women’s dresses in the Sears Catalogue, Spring_Summer 1958. via theniftyfifties tumblr

I'll have to wear the corset more in the future, I forgot how comfortable it is. All the weight is off my back and on my hips. And my hips can totally take it. It may not work with many of my dresses, but the ones it does work with, it makes them look so much better.

One of the things wearing the corset did was make me think about dresses I could add to my wardrobe that would go over a corset. Here are a few off the recent runways...

 2014 Burberry Prorsum; 2014 Jenny Packham

2014 Pamella Roland; 2014 Delpozo

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.


  1. This is a really great color of dress, Much better than on the pictures from catalogs.

  2. This is such a lovely ensemble. The dress is a beautiful fit and color for you, and I adore the beret, boots, and muff most of all.

    I'm sorry to hear you haven't been able to get out much; I agree that time trapped indoors without exercise is an express train ticket to depression. ): I hope you are on the mend and up and about soon!


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