Gold Rush Dancing outfit ideas
DIY Gold Rush dance hall girl dress (thrift find) with Karl Jaeger shoes, fishnet tights (all own)

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Fashion at the Last Frontier in the early 1900s

When you happen to visit Fairbanks in the week of the Golden Days celebrations you should attend one of the Old Times Dance evenst. Even if you aren’t a dancer, just the costumes are worth seeing. Some people seem to just live for these parties with full attire bought for the early 1900s in the style of late 1890s fashion. Back in the times, it took about 2 to 3 years until the trends from the East Coast finally arrived in Alaska.

Other people like me go there for the dancing. Thus, they make the costumes themselves or have a hand-me down from the former crowd.

What I wore for the Golden Days in Fairbanks

Here are my poineer time inspired dance costumes that I promised in my post about the real rocket in the Golden Day parade to post today. They may give you some inspiration for what to wear on Halloween.

The additional mass of the long multi-layer asymmetrically cut skirt of this floozy dress makes it harder to spin. One also has to adjust when to stop spinning as the skirt still moves in the direction of the spin when you stop. It took me two dances to figure it out for this skirt and the longer, even bulkier skirt in the fourth photo.

I am always wearing bikers underneath a dance dress so that when the skirt spins too high I am still covered. As it was cold yesterday (in the 60s, 15oC) I wore a little caplet for the commute to the dance hall.

Style blogger donning a gold rush costume

mature woman wearing a gold rush costume with a cape
Outfit details: Gold rush saloon girl costume with cape, black fishnet tight, Jäger dance shoes, faux bun and fascinator (all own)

I wore the following outfit to the Golden Days social dance of the Fairbanks Ballroom Dance Club. Very serious and conservative. 😉

1890s inspired pioneer time women costume in white with vest
Long white pioneer days costume with black vest, Double-H lace-up boots and ethnic belt and faux ponytail

It is a southwestern slip I bought in Vail, Colorado, a dirndl blouse, a vest with a metal belt and lace-up double H booties. I had all the pieces of this outfit somewhere in the back of my closet. 😉

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Tip: When you love to go DIY on costumes, pin one of the outfits to your pinterest board so you can easily find this post when youlook for inspirations.

Photos: G. Kramm

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