Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gail Carriger in Vintage 1970s Navy Crinoline with Striped Top and a 1960s Marigold Cocktail Dress

So, Fashionable Reader...

On the second day of WorldCon, your Gail brings to you, one striped top, one navy skirt, and a marigold dress with leopard access-or-ies!

The top is a navy and white striped sailor top which I think is from the 1970s. I paid about $15 for it. I prefer my stripes vertical, if at all. The skirt is from eShakti (similar $11). I mostly use it as an underskirt and I don't love it. I wanted it in black, but it is the right length and look so it's working right now. It's no longer for sale. Again, I am carrying my new bag (Charming Charlie Everyday Bag-in-bag $30), and I paired it with vintage navy gloves (similar $14), steampunk earrings (similar $6, I bought at a convention a few years ago), a brown cardigan ($20 thrifted, although I do love this cute knitted shrug $14). My hair was misbehaving so I put it up in a scarf and did not wear either of the two straw hats that I had packed. I'm wearing my flats because my feet hurt.

Not sure I really dig this outfit, it didn't feel entirely me. Although I'm getting into Navy which I always have avoided. 

That night I wore my marigold dress, which hasn't been out and about in years. It's my favorite cocktail dress but I must face the fact that it just doesn't fit 'em like it used to.

I paired it with my leopard accessories. Those are Calvin Klein wedge sandals from ages ago, I likely paid about $60 for them (these are the ones I would buy now to replace them, if they needed it). That's a studded knuckle clutch from TJ Maxx (similar on Amazon for $25) although what I am carrying is a leopard wine carrier $18. Don't flinch; it works great and it keeps stuff cold in transit. I use it for my lunches on the go, and I like how multipurpose it is, how light, how easy to pack, and the size so I might get another one), leopard gloves from Ross (similar $12), leopard hair clip (similar $10)  and a jet jewelry set from Dark Garden at the Dickens Fair (I love tassel necklaces, here's one like it for $18).

Sautoir  Van Cleef & Arpels, 1927  Sotheby’s

Now on to the dress.

Yes, I love this dress but it just isn't fitting right anymore. The shoulders keep falling off, even with keepers. It no longer looks quite right from the back. As I age I'm redistributing my fat, and yes, putting on a bit as well. I'm not begging for compliments or whatnot, I know what I look like and how much I weigh. I'm not upset with myself. I just want to dress what I got correctly, and show off what I should. I'm not sure this dress does that right anymore.

What it looked like about 5 years ago. From a professional photo shoot I did with Vanessa Applegate. Look how long my hair was. Crazy. I was practicing vintage poses.

Plus it wrinkles like a mofu if you sit in it for any length of time.

Anyway, I'm not sure I'm ready to entirely retire it, but I am giving it the jaundiced eye.

In other news, on the advise of a young lady at WorldCon, I'll be trying a new face powder for my next event. I'll let you know how it works & photographs.

It's Besame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder, and I had a gift card to Sephora from family, so I figured I'd give it a try. Right now I use MAC (Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation - N3) over a smoothing serum (Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum). It gives good coverage, but my skin hates MAC. I'd love to switch to my preferred daily tinted SPF moisturizer (Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture Spf 15 02 Beechwood) with the new powder over if it works for a good vintage look.

More to come on that soon...

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