I own approximately six evening / cocktail dresses. (I didn’t actually get up and check because I am feeling lazy right now, but I can remember six off the top of my head) I attend approximately zero cocktail parties each year. Thus, I have a lot of dresses that don’t get worn that
often ever, so every time I find even half of an excuse to wear one, I take it! Last weekend was the Christmas party we have every year on my mom’s side of the family, and though it isn’t a dressy party by any means, I jumped at the chance to dress up in a “Christmas” ensemble with one of the neglected cocktail dresses.
I picked this dress up at the thrift store last year, and though it isn’t something I would normally gravitate to, as it is made out of some kind of parachute material and knitted polyester, it is a surprisingly versatile dress to have. It is true that you should never underestimate the power of an LBD! The first time I wore this dress, was to a swing dance with a theme of “Dancing Under the Stars”. When I wore it that time, I quickly grabbed some gold star garland and fashioned a crown so my outfit would fit the theme of “stars”. I quite liked that outfit, so when I was thinking of what to wear to this party, I decided another crown of stars would be just the thing. I cut out some stars from faux leather, painted them gold and then glued them to a headband. It turned out nicely and is a much more permanent, and slightly fancier, alternative to a tinsel crown 🙂 I think that the stars are just the sort of thing that a flapper would have worn in the twenties, or maybe something a sprite would wear while flitting about the winter woods.
Anyways, I have nothing else much to say about this outfit, so I’ll stop typing now 🙂
Happy First day of Winter to you all!
Shoes: Miz Mooz
Necklace: Ten Thousand Villages
Headband: Made by me
Sheila (of Ephemera)
December 22, 2016 @ 12:19 am
Absolutely lovely outfit – you look gorgeous! I love the headband and the dress is a beautiful fit on you! Well done! Dress up whenever possible is my motto too (glitter shoes and velvet for work tomorrow!).
December 22, 2016 @ 10:57 pm
Oh glitter shoes are the best! (I’ve yet to find a pair that fits me, alas) And velvet is always a good idea too- I can’t wait to see the outfit 🙂
December 22, 2016 @ 2:51 am
What a fabulous dress – and I love the accessories! Happy holidays! Kx
December 22, 2016 @ 10:59 pm
Thanks Karen, and a very happy Christmas to you too 🙂
December 22, 2016 @ 3:40 am
I can’t believe you made that headband, it looks lovely with that dress – so clever!
I too have far too many dressy dresses, at least 4 formal floor-length gowns, countless cocktail dresses etc. I love dressing up! I take any excuse too 😉
December 22, 2016 @ 11:01 pm
They are such a weakness, aren’t they? You do the formal gowns so well though, so it is completely justified! 🙂
December 22, 2016 @ 9:34 am
That is such a cool idea to cutout those stars and put them on a headband. Very creative! And that ruffled neckline on the LBD is a nice touch. That is awesome that you swing dance. I do too. It’s one of my fav forms of exercise.
Oh and those Miss Mooz Mary Jane shoes are adorable!
December 22, 2016 @ 11:05 pm
Thanks Theresa! And, yay another swing dancer! I love swing dancing, but haven’t been forever since there is no local group. I have to go whenever I visit my friend now. I agree, swing dance is such a great form of exercise too, as you are having so much fun you forget all about the fact that you are working out 🙂
December 27, 2016 @ 8:08 am
Great dress, the ruffled neckline is a lovely touch. It goes so well with that headband.
December 28, 2016 @ 10:52 am
Thanks Kate-Em! It was a thrifting score for sure 🙂
December 27, 2016 @ 4:31 pm
I’m hearing you loud and clear on having too many cocktail dresses that never get worn. So glad you got to pull one out this party season. Sometime these dresses need to come out, just for a little while! You look fab, and the star headband lends just the right amount of glamour to the ensemble. Merry Christmas.
December 28, 2016 @ 10:52 am
Another fellow vintage lover all dressed up with no where to go! Perhaps I need to start hosting parties just for an excuse to wear them 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment, and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas too!
January 2, 2017 @ 2:17 pm
I am exactly the same with my ratio of cocktail wear to cocktail parties. Thank goodness for Christmas giving me a chance to wear a few bits!
January 6, 2017 @ 6:24 pm
It is the season for dressier outfits for sure- a fact of which I am very glad too 🙂
January 6, 2017 @ 8:23 pm
I ADORE the neckline of this dress! How fabulous!
Also your headband is perfection!
January 6, 2017 @ 11:08 pm
Aww thanks Janey!
January 14, 2017 @ 10:15 pm
hello Nicole,ciao…great post…this outfit is a charming work of Art…cheers!
January 15, 2017 @ 10:15 pm
Thanks so much for your kind words Aure 🙂