My Vintage Style- Lurex Love

Lurex Ad 1966

Holidays are my favorite time of the year to break out the sparkly stuff. And on the top of my holiday outfit list is anything with Lurex in it. I love Lurex because it gives fabric a nice shimmer and can work for both informal or dressier events, depending on how much is woven into the base fabric.

Many people confuse Lurex with lamé. But  Lurex is actually the brand name of  a metallic yarn that is incorporated into  fabric to give it varying degrees of shimmer, depending on how much is woven in at production. The company that makes Lurex thread has been in the business of making women sparkle since 1946!

Lamé, on the other hand,  is an actual all over shiny fabric.  In other words, lamé can have Lurex in it, but Lurex can’t be lamé.

Lurex fabric vs Lame fabric

Lurex Ad 1955
Ok, so now that I’ve hopefully cleared that up, here are a couple of outfits I wore over the holidays that feature pieces woven with Lurex.

Both of these can easily be worn to a house party or out to dinner.  The Lurex weave adds a festive touch that is perfect for the holidays.

Though glittery is good anytime of year!

1970s Black lurex wide leg pants

1970s Black and silver Lurex wide leg pants worn with 90s black burnout velvet blouse.
60s Gold metallic pumps, red and black silk chiffon scarf and bracelet, brooch and earrings from the 1950s.

70s Black Lurex Maxi Skirt Outfit70s Lurex Maxi Skirt

1970s Beaded Black and silver Lurex maxi skirt worn with black jersey wrap top,
beaded gold fringed woven sash belted at waist, gold lamé and rhinestone clutch, 60s bracelet and earrings and gold laser cut ballet flats.

And here are some authentic vintage Lurex pieces for sale on the website.

Vintage Lurex Clothing

  1. Early 60s Black and silver lurex wiggle style cocktail dress  36b/28w
  2.  1970s Black and silver lurex fitted jacket  34b/26w
  3. Later 60s Black and white tuxedo style cocktail dress with silver lurex. 36b 30w


Till next time,




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By | 2017-11-18T08:19:41-04:00 January 4th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|8 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell January 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks Patti!

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    Patti January 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful vintage pieces! and the lurex is so delightful. thanks for linking up, xo


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell January 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I have no doubt about that, Vix 🙂 And, I totally agree. Lurex is definitely something that should be enjoyed all year long. Anytime is a good time to add a little sparkle in your life!

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    Vix January 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I love both the trousers and the skirt. Utterly fabulous.
    I rarely wear Lurex over the festive season, I prefer it at other times of the year – I’m such a rebel! xxx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell January 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks, Liz. Would love to see a pic of your Lurex baby!

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    Liz January 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I LOVE Lurex! I own one outfit with it and it’s my baby and I love love love it! Your lurex items are fantastic! looking good 😉

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell January 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Thank you so much, Suzanne. I had every intention of selling that maxi skirt, but I liked it so much I couldn’t part with it. I’m sure you know what that’s like! And I hope 2017 brings you tons of fab vintage finds!

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    Suzanne January 4, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Oh wow! That maxi skirt is gorgeous! You sure have some amazing vintage pieces.

    Thanks for explaining Lurex to me.


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