Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Vintage Holiday Cheer

What are traditional Christmas colors? Red and green, right? Did you ever wonder how that got started?

It seems to date back only to 1931, when a Coca Cola ad showed Santa in red robes against a green background. Pretty soon those colors represented the holiday in the popular imagination.

Just for fun, let’s look at some vintage holiday wear through the decades and imagine the beverages and music that went along with them..

First up, it’s 1945. You’ve been jitterbugging all night. Now Louis Armstrong is playing Cool Yule while you sit back and sip a Rum Brandy punch in this candy striped rayon dress and peep toe wedge heel shoes.

Next, it’s 1958. You’re dipping into a punchbowl filled with classic eggnog while a 45 record of Brenda Lee singing Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree plays. You’re wearing this strapless fit-and -flare dress over three crinolines.

It’s 1964. You’re listening to Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas by Carla Thomas, drinking a candy cane Tom Collins and wearing this empire waist dress.

Now it’s 1968. You’re in your dorm room celebrating the end of final exams. You put on I Don’t Intend to Spend Christmas Without You by Margo Guryan while your room mate fixes a Brandy Alexander for you both.

You’re in Aspen at the ski lodge having a hot buttered rum in front of the fire, wearing this prairie style dress with Frye boots and turquoise jewelry, listening to Christmas For Cowboys by John Denver.

It’s 1978. You order an Amaretto Sour, feed another quarter into the jukebox and play The Kinks’ Father Christmas while wearing this slinky red halter dress with a matching bolero.

It’s 1980. You pop the cork on a bottle of Cristal champagne and get down to Kurtis Blow’s Christmas Rappin’ while wearing this elastic waist jumpsuit with platform sneakers.

You’re in London watching Live Aid on MTV in the hotel lobby and having a Buck’s Fizz at the bar. The finale, Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas comes on and you raise your glass. You’re wearing this dazzling red gown with sequin detail.

How will you enjoy a little vintage holiday cheer this season?

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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