So....What are you wearing to host your Christmas dinner/party/cocktails?
How about a butter yellow sleeveless maxi dress with flowered over-jacket (or whatever you call it). This is not technically a Hostess Dress, which tended to be rather billowy maxi-dresses, with impractical sleeves, and had nothing to do whatsoever with cooking. The New York Times had an interesting article on the history and evolution of Hostess dresses which you can read here. Dress from Jackpot Vintage.
I love rows of covered buttons on dresses, even if they are a pain in the ass to fasten
In the 60's and 70's, the job of the hostess was to look pretty and keep their guests full of food and drink (Crab Nippie, anyone?) We can retire the idea of women as "attractive servant" when it comes to Holiday parties, but sometimes it's kind of fun to channel your inner retro hostess.
Quilted, front-snaps, vibrant colours and POCKETS! Hostess skirt available at Lovesick.
And then, there is the dress for the occasion when you want to make a spectacular statement and are not afraid of being the center of attention.....
Holy Sequinned Awesomeness Batman! If this dress was my size, I would have definitely tried it on, but it is about a 4/6, so there is no way it would fit me. On the right woman, it is going to make jaws drop, and you would not be expected to serve anyone drinks or food while wearing this. Dress available at The Sentimentalist, and yes, there is just one.
detail of bird pattern on dress
As for me, I will be wearing a blinged-out sweater of my own creation (thanks to Value Village, and their "create your own Christmas sweater" display). I'll be sure to post a photo of the results.
If I don't have a chance to post tomorrow, I want to wish all of my readers, and blogging sisters, a very Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate). Your comments and support over the last 4 1/2 years have been an unexpected and very welcomed source of cheer and inspiration at times when both have been in short supply. May you have a roof over your head, food on your table, loved ones to laugh and cry with, and an outfit that makes you feel fucking fabulous.