Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

What to Wear to a Holiday Party: Vintage Velvet Dress

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Continuing the holiday outfit series, if you’re not sure what to wear to a holiday party, look no further than a velvet dress! This vintage velvet dress is one of my most treasured finds to date, I almost could not believe my luck in finding this piece. I scored this dress at my favorite vintage shop Edith Machinist in the LES. That place seriously never disappoints, and I walked away with this dress as well as a vintage velvet denim jacket that will be featured on the blog very soon. I fell in love with this dress because not only is it velvet, but it’s purple, one of my favorite colors! I also like the retro mod style shape that reminds of me of Twiggy. Lastly, the dress is super warm and perfect for Winter as the velvet is a very thick material.

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What to Wear to a Holiday Party

So when it comes to dressing for a holiday party this season, there are a few key pieces I like to incorporate:

    • A velvet dress (obviously!). Bonus points if it’s vintage to guarantee you won’t have the same dress as everyone else, but of course there are tons of cute non-vintage options available. I’ve picked out a few for you below at different price points.
    • A pair of red heels. This is an easy way to add a festive touch to your look.
    • Colorful over-the-top accessories. Nothing screams holiday than colorful jewelry or a handbag that you probably wouldn’t wear on just any day of the week.

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For my look, since the velvet dress is sleeveless I layered it over a black lace turtleneck for extra warmth. I paired the dress with red lace-up heels for a festive and feminine touch, and finished the look with over-the-top accessories. I chose a vintage suede mustard handbag for an extra pop of ย color, a red statement ring to match my red shoes, and a pearl necklace of for a super girly vibe. I even dressed up my nails with white polish and a pop of pink on the pinky nail. The result is a fun and colorful look that will put anyone in the holiday mood!

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I’d love to hear what are your holiday party looks! Let me know in the comments below. If you’re looking for more holiday outfits inspiration, check out my post on the perfect holiday brunch outfit.

Shop the Look:


What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Vintage (similar here)
Top: From Asia (similar here)
Shoes: Poetic Licence
Bag: Vintage (similar here)
Ring: From Argentina (similar here)
Necklace: From Asia (similar here)ย 
Nails: in White Noise & Mean Girl

Thanks for reading,

Photography:ย Lloyd Lee

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41 comments so far.

41 responses to “What to Wear to a Holiday Party: Vintage Velvet Dress”

  1. Neha says:

    Omg loving the purple!

  2. Amber says:

    Okay that velvet dress is amazing! The color looks beautiful on you. Thanks for the inspo!

    Xoxo Amber

  3. Kara says:

    Love love love this dress! Vintage finds are seriously the best
    xo Kara

  4. You look so good! I really love your yellow bag, it’s fabulous!

  5. April says:

    You look so cute and whimsical, Mary! I love the velvet dress and the red heels add the perfect amount of color to your outfit. A great holiday look!

  6. Tabitha Blue says:

    What a fun mix of colors! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great look!

  7. Tabitha Blue says:

    Such a fun mix of colors. I love the bright holiday look!

  8. Barb says:

    The most adorable holiday look! Your shoes are amazing!

  9. Ilona says:

    OMG Mary i love those shoes!!! They are so cute! The dress is a really beautiful color too! xoxo

  10. Lee Anne says:

    What an amazing find! This dress is simply stunning and I adore the color!

    Lee Anne

  11. Erica Nicole says:

    That velvet dress is beautiful and you look absolutely incredible in it as well! I love the color.

  12. Belle says:

    Love the purple velvet dress and how you paired it with a lace top!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  13. I love this look so much! There is so many aspects to admire and just stare at! You look gorgeous and thankk you for this style inspiration!
    xo Debbie |

  14. stef says:

    very creative! I probably would’ve skipped right over that dress if I saw it. I think I may wear some velvet for my holiday look on my shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I’m usually style challenged during the holiday party. We had our office party today and I was not stylish at all LOL. Thanks for your post.

  16. Amanda Kruse says:

    I love that vintage is coming back! I also love that you added some fun colors to this look.

    Amanda ||

  17. Liz says:

    I just love how you styled this! All the colors are so much fun but I especially love that purple. Happy Friday!


  18. Keri says:

    Aww, this is such a fashionable holiday outfit! Love the bright colors

    Enclothed Cognition

  19. Melissa Chee says:

    This outfit is so fun! I love everything. The shoes are so cute.

  20. Rochelle says:

    Love the purple and red together! Looks so glam.

    With Love Rochelle

  21. Ivana J says:

    Love how you combined all this colours, and still looking amazing. Dress is beautiful, love velvet xo

  22. Lisa Autumn says:

    This purple looks AMAZING on you!

    xx Lisa

  23. Natasha says:

    I so adore this look with contrasting and complimentary colors!

  24. NEHA says:

    This velvet dress look so lovely on you ….luking beautiful hun….xoxo, Neha

  25. vidya says:

    You look super cute. Great suggestion.

  26. Katy Alicia Byrne says:

    Such fun colours! You look so pretty!
    Katy Alicia x

  27. Jessica Lam says:

    The colour of that dress is gorgeous! Love the way you styled it ๐Ÿ™‚

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