Things To Look For In Your Vintage Christmas Dress

December 6, 2010 • Magazine

Things To Look For In Your Vintage Christmas Dress

Things To Look For In Your Vintage Christmas Dress

Mon, 2000-12-04 02:00

Angel Cutsforth

Your Christmas dress should be special and different from what everyone else is wearing. Yeah, you could go for an obscure designer but why not look to the past? Vintage dresses have amazing tailoring and some beautiful details that you just can’t find on modern garments.

If there’s a time for velvet its Christmas. There are some gorgeous vintage velvet dresses out there from all different decades. My favorites are red velvet cupcake dresses from the 1950’s or early 1960’s. Think Grace Kelly or Betty Draper.

Lace overlay dresses are on the high street and catwalk again but you can’t beat an original. Make sure to check that the lace is in good condition to stop it from disintegrating while you dance the night away. Some of the best are from the 1920s, but the 1950’s and 1960’s also had some beautiful lace dresses that are better for different body shapes.

Beading and Sequins
Nothing says party or Christmas like a little bit of sparkle. Why not go all out in a fully beaded or sequined dress from the 1980s? Or if you’re less confident of your sparkle capabilities bead or sequin detailing at the neckline, waist or even cuffs can turn any dress into the perfect Christmas party dress.

While fringe is usually associated with the 1920s the best samples survive from the 1960’s. Imagine dancing the night away with fringe swaying to and fro. Not only will it hypnotize the man you have your eye on but it will definitely hide any lumps and bumps.

Shopping Guide
Velvet: Rose Red 1950s Dress $125
Lace: Vintage 20s Flapper Chantilly Lace and Pink Silk Dress $150
Beading and Sequins: Silk, Sequin and Beaded Maxi Dress $86
Fringe: 1960’s Mad Men Midnight Blue Wiggle Dress With Fringe $68

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