Holiday Elegance-1930s Burgundy Velvet Hostess Gown

1930s burgundy velvet hostess dress

Melanie Garbo Byrnes, owner of Vintage Diversity in Fort Lauderdale, and a long time vintage loving friend of mine, recently gifted me this wonderful 1930s silk velvet hostess gown. Despite it needing some TLC, I knew I could repair this beauty so that I could wear it just in time for some holiday entertaining.

I had to carefully hand stitch a sizable tear by the shoulder seam and a few tears on the skirt. Due to the nap, luster and folds of the fabric, the repairs blend in pretty well. It’s my belief that it’s a tragedy to throw away lovely vintage pieces just because they have condition issues. As they used to say during the WW2 era “Make do and mend.”  And now I have a glamorous vintage maxi dress to wear for the holidays!

30s burgundy velvet dress

Back in the day women wore what was know as “at home” wear to entertain.

If you were having company over for a special dinner or cocktail party, this type of outfit is the past’s version of what we now refer to as “dressy casual.”  Right up to the 1970s “at home wear” was an integral part of a woman’s wardrobe.

1930s burgundy velvet hostess gown

The rich burgundy color definitely called for gold accessories. Luckily I just happened to have a pair of 1930s gold sandals that I had purchased some time ago from Maggie at Denisebrain on Etsy. Check out her shop. She has some fabulous things.   Also, a 1980s quilted gold belt that I thought would complement the dress perfectly. I never mind mixing my eras. As far as I’m concerned the more outfit options the better!

1930s silk velvet hostess dress

The corsage and the hair clip were made by me.  You can check out my previous post on how to make vintage inspired Christmas corsages here.

1930s burgundy silk velvet maxi dress

I added some 50s red and clear rhinestone screw back earrings and a vintage garnet bracelet that was my Mom’s. My Dad gave it to her for Christmas many, many years ago. It is her birthstone and happens to be  mine as well. Wearing it brought back so many fond memories of the family holidays of my youth.

30s burgundy velvet hostess dress

Wishing a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.  See you in the Roaring 2020s!




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By | 2019-12-23T12:26:34-04:00 December 23rd, 2019|Fashion, My Vintage Style|6 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 December 27, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Thank you.

  2. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 27, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Thanks, and same to you Suzanne!

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    Jill December 26, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Loving this glam look! Your dress is gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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    Suzanne December 24, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! I agree that mending is a much better choice when possible.

    All of your accessories are fabulous.

    Happy Christmas Theresa! All the very best in 2020!

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 24, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Thank you Ann. Always appreciate your input, as you are the queen of accessorizing! And, yes, I do think preserving vintage pieces is important. But even new clothing with issues could be kept out of the landfill if more people repaired things. Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

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    Ann December 23, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    What an absolute dream of a dress, and I fully agree it would have been a shame to discard a beautiful vintage piece like that just because it has some issues. People often do not make the effort do make do and mend anymore, which is an utter shame. I love how your enhanced that rich and sumptuous burgundy with the gold accessories and yes to mixing eras: that quilted belt is just perfect with it. As is that handmade corsage! This is certainly one to wow your house guests with! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xxx

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