It’s here, it’s here – the holidays are here! Eggnog, songs, lights and my favorite movies all make this a magical time of year. One of the best parts of the holiday season is that it brings you together with your friends and family – and any party with mistletoe, champagne and the potential for presents is my kind of shindig. Here are some of my favorite red, white, silver and gold pieces to add a bit of vintage glam to your next holiday party – shop away!
Are you there readers? It’s me, Dana! I’m so sorry for the length between posts, but time (and by that, I mean work and American Horror Story) has gotten away from me. But…Happy December! Despite the cold, and the snow, and the slush, a part of me really does love winter, especially that magical time right before Christmas when everything is still white and sparkling. So, in honor of this majestic month, I thought I’d put together a vintage shopping guide in lieu of a traditional Monthly Mood Ring. These are all pieces that would be perfect for the vintage-lover in your life or, you know, me.
- This bag is perfect for traveling to a warm (i.e. not Chicago) climate.
- But really, is there anyone who wouldn’t be psyched to get a vintage tee?
- Well this 1950’s opera coat is just amazing, isn’t it.
- As a purse addict, I can attest to the 100% necessity of a little black bag.
- Remember what I said about purses? Well, shoes are just as important.
- The only time I think labels are truly acceptable are on vintage wallets.
- I firmly believe that scarves are for decoration, not warmth.
Even though my actual holiday is Hanukkah, the part of December that I look the most forward to is Christmas Eve. It is the one night a year where I can sit with my family, sip organic eggnog, and watch one of my all-time favorite movies, It’s A Wonderful Life. It is an undisputed classic because of its characters, quotes, and the theme of redemption, but I think that it is also incredibly beautiful.
The movie is shot in black and white, yet there is a hazy glow over every scene, and the characters, especially George Bailey, Mary Hatch, and Violet Bick manage to look dapper even in the small town of Bedford Falls. If the message behind the movie is that even without adventure and travel, one can have a rich and full life, then the wardrobes undoubtedly exemplify this.
Although the movie spans from 1919-1946, the costumes are primarily forties-flavored. George, lanky and jaundiced against those able to get out of town, is nevertheless always well-dressed in a sleek suit, tie, and overcoat. In the 1940s, men and women adhered to a specific dress code, and we see this propriety in the form of hats and gloves.
This sense of manners does not prohibit the sense of style, however. George’s wife Mary wears elegant dresses, the standout being a sheer-sleeved frock when George comes to call and finally succumbs to their love for each other. On the opposite spectrum is Violet, a notorious flirt always bedecked in furs, jewels, and snug-fitting ensembles.