Top 5 Tuesdays: Party Time Excellent!

Yes, yes, my dears, it is without a doubt that time of year again. It’s chilly out, you have a sudden craving for hot cocoa or hot toddies, and you can’t go to the store without them hocking Christmas wares in your face. That’s right: it’s party time. Christmas shopping, party planning, it all eludes me. Except, that is, when it comes to finding the perfect party ensemble. Not to toot my own horn, but when it somes to getting dressed for a fiesta, normally I find my dream outfit first, then help one or all of my friends find theirs. This year, I’d be happy to help you out too. It is with this in mind that I give you this week’s Top 5 Tuesday: My Favorite Monster Vintage Party Dresses.


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Give your little black dress a break this holiday season and go for a seasonless white dress, like this 1960’s number. It’s lighweight (and perfect for layering over some tights and under your favorite winter coat) and has lovely beading, perfect for a all night affair.
The second dress is so simple, yet far from boring. Very 1940’s. Very versatile and can be classed up for a family party with tights and flats or worn barelegged and bling-ed out for a cocktail event. And that bow is just the sweetest thing!
For those of you all too happy to banish basic black and stand out at a party, the third dress, from the 50’s is perfect for you. More versatile than you might think, it would look perfect with a neutral cardigan and some boots for a more understated look.
The fourth dress is even more gorgeous in person, shiny yet flattering, and a breathtaking shade of winter blue. The little tiny bow at the neckline has pretty rhinestone details, making this dress perfect for any evening event. Very film noir vixen!
The last dress is subtle yet stunning, definitely an overachiever. It has tiny gold leaves printed all over. Definitely special enough to stand alone without too much effort… Love the 40’s silhouette!

So what have we learned today, sweeties? First off, I obviously have a soft spot for 1940’s dresses…
But more importantly, if you are trying to get more mileage out of your party dresses this winter, go for versatility. With tights, without. Layered with a lovely cardigan or even a tuxedo jacket. Heels, flats, jewelry, different purses. All that good stuff. And if you don’t already have these items in your closet… well we have bigger problems. But you should be able to find a dress or two that already goes with things you own. Don’t go broke this holiday season!*
There are so many choices, I had a tough time choosing just five. You can shop Monster Vintage dresses here, or here if you’re feeling really fancy.

xoxo,
Sally “Party Over Here” Mulligan

*Unless you’re buying me that pony I always wanted…

Modern Day Date Digs

With the zing of bitterness passing after wasting two years in a dead relationship I decided I was ready to hit the dating world again. Hello world- I’m 26, single, stylish and ready to snag me Mr. Right… or something like that. So ok, it’s not as easy as it seems. First I found myself skipping the idea of a traditional dinner date, and going for more of a ‘meeting’ at a dive bar (seems way less intimidating). However this shifts the dynamic of ‘dressing up’ for a date. Really, do I want to go out of my way and get dolled up for a casual meeting at dive bar? Not really. Something about old men telling war stories in a dimly lit cheap drink atmosphere doesn’t strike me as the place to sport my best date digs. So as I stood in front of my closet trying to get ready for this said ‘meeting’, yet another dilemma came into sight. My youth is slipping away at a consistent speed, which isn’t bad, but at this point in my life I don’t feel like a low cut shirt and a push up bra is going to leave the right impression (you know, we all have worn something like that on dates in our early 20’s… gravity is on our side, we’re not looking for anything but Mr. Right Now and the early morning walk of shame isn’t really even a walk of shame)… but I digress.

 Bottom line is the age old question of ‘what do you wear on a first date’ has now transformed into a complicated mid 20’s ‘What do you wear on a dive bar date when you are no longer trying to look fun-sexy but more classy-sexy?’ Boy, that’s a mouthful… and so thought provoking.

I tackled this question with a leopard cardigan, a scoop neck tee, red purse (preferably a clutch, it just spices a casual cardigan up without going over the top), and pointy toe flats. Cardigans this year are the key to every woman’s wardrobe. The possibilities are endless. Prints, beaded, embellished, plain, dip dyed, boyfriend length, short, belted, buttoned, open… if only men were this versatile my dating life would be flourishing!

-Britt

Ask Monster Vintage- Wedding

Vinnie writes us with this week’s conundrum:

That’s probably the look I get when I have to dress up for special occasions!
I guess you might say that I’m fashionably challenged. I don’t really shop for clothes and accept gladly all that is given but that is starting to leave me in some rather awkward situos where at least some attention to attire is expected by dem who make the nasty looks. My mom is getting married soon and I would really like to not completely embarrass her in front of the new family… so I thought I’d ask what you guys and gals thought might work for that; if you’ve got something available I would be happy to take a look but I don’t have much $$ (even if I did I’m cheap:) The wedding won’t be too formal but as I said, some attention will be expected and I’m at a complete and utter loss as to what I should wear!!
Thanks for any pointers,
– Vinnie the Vintage Bummer

Dearest Vinnie,
First off, congrats to your mom! How exciting!
Don’t bum out! I feel your pain, buddy! My mom got married a few summer’s ago and she is a bit of a square (cover up all my tattoos at a Summer wedding?! HA!) And who doesn’t want to look fabulous and have a good time at a wedding? Let’s see what we can do for you.
The key to fitting in at a party is a good fit (get it?) Nobody has ever gone wrong with a tailored jacket and pants. Especially in a more casual setting, try out cuffing your trousers or rolling up your sleeves to see how that jives with you. Although a tie doesn’t appear to be necessary, if you’re trying to look a little snazzier I would say go for it. In my personal opinion, the skinnier the tie the better! If you are forgoing the jacket altogether, I would recommend that you opt for either a nice vest or a cardigan sweater to tie your look together. Polish it all off with some snazzy, clean leather shoes. As far as looking put together looks, I would also recommend that you stick to a somewhat monotone look, with one or two (matching!) pops of color. I’m a big fan of a navy blue, black or grey suit with, say, a red tie and suspenders. You want it to look fresh and show some personality, after all.

My last piece of advice is to make sure you feel comfortable in the clothes and feel confident in your look. OWN IT!
Here are some pieces from the site you might like to try:


And here are some other visuals courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes and Darling Dexter to help give you an idea of what might work:

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What do you think? Can you get down with this kind of look? I hope we helped, Vinnie. We didn’t get your e-mail address, but if you want to shoot us an e-mail at support@monstervintage.com we’ll give you a 25% off discount for the site- then you can still be a cheapskate!
xoxo,
Sally