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.

1950′s mint green taffeta dress, French Navy Vintage.


Rainbow 80s sequined dress, Rust Belt Threads.


1950′s embroidered taffeta party dress, Kitty Girl Vintage.

Strapless ice blue tulle dress, Gadzinas Hamper.


Party dress with black tulle overlay, Nathan Gerard.


1950′s strapless emerald bow dress, Wear It Again.

1980′s halter sequin black dress, Rust Belt Threads.


Red velvet 1950′s dress, Dear Golden.


1920′s black satin hand beaded gown, Wear It Again.

Watermelon pink ruffly strapless cupcake dress, Robin and Wren Vintage.


Purple velvet long sleeved dress, Zest Vintage.


Golden apricot sequin party dress, Coral Root.

Black pleated organza over pale pink, Wear It Again.


Linen and lace 1950′s party dress, Hollie Point.


Black and silver striped bustle dress, Manic Vintage.


Pink with purple tulle dress, Salvato Collection.




Julie Pham
Julie Pham10 months ago


Kathy Lucas
Kathy Lucas4 years ago

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

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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing these cool little dresses.

Morgan Hartman
Morgan H5 years ago

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

Carla van der Meer
Carla v5 years ago

Thanks. I just love vintage clothing and shoes.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Lin M
Lin M5 years ago

Most I reallllly loved. Thanks for the fashion show.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Christine Stewart
Christine S5 years ago

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

a             y m.
g d c5 years ago

all 50's styles???