Lucky 13 Vintage Holiday Dresses

by jennine on December 1, 2008

You’re probably thinking… where’s the red? Well… I do love red, probably, consistently more than any other color, but it’s not necessary to wear red to put on the holiday spirit. Then again, I wore blue to my last holiday party and some one asked me if I were Jewish. And what the heck, why not? L’chaim.

Deco Divas

I think this would be my first pic along the lines of how to dress up this holiday season… I love the swirling lines of the jazz age, and it’s really easy to do it up with sequins and beading without looking cheap… and what better way to incorporate feather head pieces into an ensemble?

1920′s sequined shrug (ends Dec. 03)
1980′s art deco ruched dress (ends Dec. 04)
1930′s black lace and sheer gown

Sexy Sequins

I tried looking at red sequin dresses, but red sequins are really difficult to do tastefully, I can’t seem to shake the whole Tootsie image and I’m not sure looking like Dustin Hoffman is a good thing.  I really do like sequins, but wearing them I feel there’s a fine line between hot and drag queen. Here’s a couple of nice little dresses that I liked…

80′s sequin, sheer AND fringe ruched party dress… you think it might be too much, but it’s perfect.
80′s sequin and sheer black party dress sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical deets
80′s black and white block sequin dress

Office Scandal

I’m not assuming that anyone has ever discussed my attire at the water cooler, but I wouldn’t be surprised if word got back to me that they did. I love the 80′s era of cut-out dresses, especially on the Moschino Couture Peace Dress, which doesn’t really look like a peace sign until you look at the back, the front has a sweetheart halter neckline .

Moschino Couture Peace Dress
80′s Glam Royal Blue Dress
80′s Black Lace Cut Out Dress

Festive Foxes

With all the Mad Men mania out there, what wouldn’t be more appropriate for 2008 than a bit of mid-century festivities? The smoking, the drinking, the knee grabs. Full skirts, taffeta, tiny waists and plenty of details…

40′s deep V beaded bow dress (ends Dec 05)
50′s western fringe rockabilly swing dress (ends Dec 07)
50′s green taffeta party dress  (ends Dec 04)
Rosie pink Joan wiggle dress (ends Dec 04) ooh, I can totally see Joan wearing this with red lipstick…

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Fenke December 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

uh, i think i am going for the green one! or maybe blue?

daria December 1, 2008 at 11:24 am

funny, my heart goes out to the blue one, and i AM Jewish :)

WendyB December 1, 2008 at 12:51 pm

I’ll take the Moschino and the first fringe dress please!

Cindiddy December 1, 2008 at 12:52 pm

oh i love the first one on the third row!

jennine December 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm

@fenke…ooh i can see you in the blue one for sure! with a mesh shirt underneath?
@daria… heheh that’s awesome, i had a bunch of blue dresses in my watch list… maybe it’s time to convert?
@wendy… i had a feeling this had wendy written all over it!
@cindiddy…oh yes, that has a nice detail in the skirt!

Kezia December 1, 2008 at 3:39 pm

oooh! i love the deco dresses. i need to find a dress for a winter wedding.

alixrose December 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm

“80’s black and white block sequin dress” I heart it!

cas ruffin December 1, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I think the gray sequin fringe dress is my favorite. The cut really captures a different kind of elegance that you don’t normally see.

Fajr December 1, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Hilarious, because I was reaching for the red as I’m reading this! I’m in need of a holiday dress and I can’t resist the sequins either!

MY Fashion Frenzy December 1, 2008 at 6:15 pm

I’m such a sucker for vintage! :)

Lexie December 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm

i love the blue dress! what a great neckline!

violetville December 1, 2008 at 7:16 pm

i want to see the moschino from the front, but your link sends me to the blue one - freudian slip perhaps?? i love them all!!

Eyeliah December 1, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Very pretty choices!

violetville December 1, 2008 at 7:17 pm

p.s. but i am all about red during winter! I think the color will keep me warm…

susie_bubble December 2, 2008 at 6:20 am

Yay to fringe shoulders…

Stickers and Donuts December 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I like how you featured no red in your holiday dress post. The girl in the deep v bow dress reminds me of Mad Men Peggy!

adahpotato December 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm

My two favorites are the 80′s art deco ruched dress and the b&w block sequin one.

songy December 3, 2008 at 5:26 am

first dress does it for me perfectly. :)

summershoegal December 4, 2008 at 10:30 am

Oh I totally ♥ the blue one!
Love how there is no red although
I never wore red for xmas (big family party at the 24th) but I just might this year :)

Rhiannon December 6, 2008 at 10:40 am

Wow, thanks so much for including my dresses with all these wonderful ones!!! I’ve definitely been looking out for holiday party dresses too, even though I don’t have any parties to go to. That ’40s rhinestone heart dress is especially amazing.

fitness girl February 2, 2011 at 12:05 am


Blue scandal and black deco diva is my choice…..
Love it that fits me perfectly…..

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