For those of us suffering an addiction to vintage, the holidays offer a unique opportunity to indulge our passion. Here, members of the Vintage Fashion Guild give tips on how to easily incorporate vintage into your holiday celebrations!

Vintage apparel and accessories are the most obvious starting points. While party and cocktail dresses are always popular at this time of year, there are many ways to incorporate vintage clothing into your holiday wardrobe. For office parties, ladies can choose a day dress or suit slightly dressier than standard work attire. Or, accessorise your career outfit with more formal shoes, bags, and jewelry for the party.

Entertaining at home? Wear a vintage apron over your hostess dress while preparing dinner. For office or home events, gentlemen can wear vintage blazers or suits, and/or sport holiday-themed ties and accessories such as vintage cufflinks and tie tacs/bars.

Vintage outerwear is a “must-have” for women and men alike—women’s cashmere coats, men’s camel-hair topcoats, formal capes, wraps and stoles – and don’t forget a vintage hat!

Another fabulous way to share your addiction is by giving vintage items as presents. While one has to carefully assess whether a friend or relative would appreciate such a gift, we find that just about everyone who recognizes unique or unusual quality items will love a vintage gift.

Jewelry is one of the most visible gift items—Christmas jewelry, of course, but any special piece of jewelry makes a lovely gift, particularly something in the receiver’s favorite color or material (Bakelite, sterling, plastic, etc.).

Other ideas include vintage compacts, watches, cashmere sweaters, lingerie, handbags, slippers, perfume bottles or dresser trays. The list is endless. Continue the theme by using vintage ribbon and lace, wrapping paper, and note cards on your carefully chosen gifts.

Shop the online and brick-and-mortar stores of VFG trade members to purchase your vintage holiday apparel, fashion accessories, and gifts. Our Member Shop & Website Directory includes shopping venues as well as research and resource sites.

If you already have your holiday frock and want to know more about its maker, age, or fabric, visit the VFG website. Its Label Resource includes information on hundreds of fashion designers and companies, with examples of labels from different decades. Check out the Dating Tips & Tricks to help narrow down your garment’s era and the Fabric Resource to answer your questions about different fibers, weaves, fabric names, and more. Many other resources are also available on the site. To discuss vintage fashion from all eras with like-minded individuals, be sure to visit the Guild’s informative Discussion Forums.

Finally, don’t forget the vintage decorations and housewares! Pull out your tree ornaments, fondue pots, and barware; decorate your dining table with vintage linens and a centerpiece. And, while browsing VFG member shops for fashions, you just might find more holiday-perfect home accessories!

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