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19 Vintage and Handmade New Year’s Eve Dresses

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19 Vintage and Handmade New Year’s Eve Dresses

Oh, the end of December. It’s many people’s favorite time of year, what with the one-two punch of Hannukah/Christmas and New Year’s. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s all about family, love, food and partying. Nothing not to like in there! In my house growing up, New Year’s was always a pretty quiet affair. Whoever could muster up the strength to eat mom’s cooking for a week straight and then stay up long enough to watch the ball drop in New York from the TV screen was the prize winner of… bragging rights? Yawn. As much fun as hanging out in your PJ’s in front of the TV can be (and believe me, I’m not fighting off it’s cherished place in my life), by the time I’d hit the road and moved out after high school, I was always out-and-about for New Year’s. And, as a certified big dress loving girlie-girl, getting dressed up has always been the best part of the holiday for me. As I’ve gotten older, the celebrations have gotten smaller (on the agenda this year is a Mad Men themed affair at a best friend’s house), but the costumes never do!

While it might be a little late in the game to be ordering online, we hope that this roundup of fancy party dresses will get you in the mood and get you at least perusing your local Goodwill or thrift shop for your own finds. Worse comes to worse, you can always bribe one of the shops below with an extra $20 to ship you something overnight. But no matter what you do, I hope you do it safely, with renewed spirit in your heart for the year to come and wearing something that makes you feel awesome – whether that’s sparkly house shoes or high heels. When else… and why not? Cheers and happy new year, friends!


50s/60s full skirt brocade dress, Rags Feathers.


Handmade cocktail dress, Folded Roses.


Strapless hot pink silk dress, REDress Me.

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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9:42PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

Amazing blogs you have guys!! Keeps the ball rolling…..

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5:30PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Thanks for sharing these cool little dresses.

2:38PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Cute! I really liked the red dress on page 2.

6:15PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thanks. I just love vintage clothing and shoes.

8:43AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thank you

4:47PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Most I reallllly loved. Thanks for the fashion show.

6:48AM PST on Jan 1, 2013


5:39PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

I am not going out on New Year's eve- but thanks for showing me what I could be wearing! ;-) ...

1:37PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

all 50's styles???

10:38AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Thank you!

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