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3 Vintage-Inspired Holiday Party Outfits


It’s great to be able to wear vintage-inspired pieces all year round – but when it gets close to the holidays, we are all looking for that perfect outfit to wear to a holiday party. That’s why vintage-inspired pieces are the perfect solution: they’re much more unique than your typical Forever 21 fare, but still totally modern and wearable.

Whether you’re getting together with your family or going out with your friends, here are some great vintage-inspired outfit ideas for all your Holiday get-togethers!

Outfit #1: The Classic Dress

What to wear to a holiday party

Product Information: Fujita Garden Dress – Modcloth. Steppin’ Out Earrings – Zappos. Calvin Klain Patent Clutch – Endless. Cesare Paciotti shoes – Zappos Couture. Trench Coat – Old Navy.

(Note: the Old Navy trench coat is currently out of stock on the Old Navy website. They do, however, have a great selection of similar overcoats and I am keeping my eyes open for when the trench coat comes back in stock!)

When I saw this dress from ModCloth, I fell in love with it – I love all the details. The chic and feminine print, the nipped in waist, the neckline – every part of it is fabulous and I think it would be great for a fancier holiday party. There is something very 1940s about this dress and it would work well for just about any occasion.

That said, for the holidays, I would pair the dress with some simple but chic glittery earrings and some pretty black pumps. For the travel to and from the party, a great trench or overcoat in black is a great pairing to keep you comfy & sophisticated.

Outfit #2: Cute & Comfy

Cute and comfy Christmas party outfit

Product Information: Pretty in Peppermint Dress – Modcloth. Pearl & Flower Choker – Oasis. Beaded Shrug – Aerie. Classified Flats – Cutesy Girl.

For a holiday dinner at your friend’s apartment or decorating the house with your family, be it for Hanukkah or Christmas, this would be a great outfit.

I love the color of this dress – the lace detail at the bottom creates a lot of visual interest. For warmth and a bit of coverage, I would add a snuggly shrug – this one from aerie is perfect because it has a small amount of beaded detail. Paired with a great necklace and some cute embellished flats, this is a perfect comfortable yet stylish outfit – perfect for your favorite holiday traditions!

Outfit #3: Separates

Holiday party look

Product Infromation: Black in Black Skirt – ModCloth. Sequin Vest – Oasis. Multi Chain Earrings by Betsey Johnson – Zappos. Knit Shrug – John Lewis. Nina Zion shoes – Piperlime.

One of my friends mentioned to me the other day that sometimes, when people talk about what to wear for the holidays, they almost always talk about dresses. But that doesn’t help her at all because she has a really difficult time finding dresses that fit her correctly! So this outfit is for her.

I love pencil skirts – they are a classic piece that will last you a lifetime. Flattering on every body type, they are appropriate pieces for just about any event: school, going out, parties, work, etc. For this outfit, I chose this pencil skirt from Modcloth because I love the unique details – the slit and the buttons are really cute and add some visual interest. On top, I would tuck this sequined purple top into the pencil skirt. For footwear, a simple pair of black pumps would keep things elegant. For a little visual interest close to the face, I added some earrings. Finally, for warmth, you can always throw on a great shrug like this one from John Lewis or your favorite cardigan.

What do you think?

What do you think of these vintage-inspired outfits? How would you wear these fabulous dresses or separates? Do you like to wear dresses to holiday events, or are you more of a skirt and top kind of girl? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on December 19, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “3 Vintage-Inspired Holiday Party Outfits”

  1. 1
    December 19th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    These are all outfits I would totally wear! I love the separates look, and am really digging the purple sequin shirt! I love how it’s all “vintage-inspired” and not at all costumey– which, unfortunately, so many vintage-inspired outfits tend to be. Happy Holidays! Great website!

  2. 2
    December 19th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I emerge from the finals vortex to this beautiful post…in fact, I have fallen in love with the green dress in the second outfit and think I will go add it to my Christmas list. Love that you used Modcloth, my favourite store in the universe (except not for shoes, they have too few 5’s).

  3. 3
    December 19th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I love all of these outfits! When I saw that Peppermint dress on ModCloth a few weeks ago, I instantly fell in love with it!
    Your posts are by far some of my favorites on College Fashion…keep up the good work!

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    December 19th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I think these outfits are somewhat out of style especially with the shrug in outfit 3. I would wear the seperates in outfit 3 with my white boyfriend cardigan, my black ballet flats, and diamond encrusted earrings. Usually for holiday parties I like to go the dress route because I think they’re very girly and flattering.

  5. 5
    December 19th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I love those shoes in the first outfit! Super eye candy.

  6. 6
    December 19th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Why must the Cesare Paciotti shoes be over $700? I am one sad and financially dismal panda.

  7. 7
    December 19th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Love the first outfit, but why no cute separates with pants? I would freeze the moment I stepped out the door wearing a dress right now.

  8. 8
    December 19th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    They are so BLAIR W.!
    Love it!

  9. 9
    December 19th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I love the first outfit..the print dress with feminine details, shoes, and clutch make it the perfect vintage inspired outfit!

  10. 10
    December 20th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    that $700 dollar price tag breaks my heart, those shoes are so cute
    i love this post :)

  11. 11
    December 20th, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Personally, I would never wear the first and second outfit. The first one because well it kinda looks emoish. The second one is tooo vintage for me. And green doesn’t suite me. While the third one I think is beautiful, the only thing I’d change is that I’d wear the skirt as a high up skirt, with maybe a cute belt, and take the cardigan off. Love this blog though.

  12. 12
    December 20th, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Pretty ideas!

  13. 13
    December 23rd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Loved these! I adore the jewelry you’ve picked out, they’re all gorgeous.
    Even though it’s not really my style, you’ve inspired me with some of the details- I love those first shoes and you’re right, the color of that second dress is just wonderful. And thumbs up for the pencil skirt rec, more people need to realize they’re just amazing!

  14. 14
    January 28th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    i love all of the clothes but dont know to wear for the first day of school

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