Entertaining with a velvet touch (1963)
Velvet fashions are sweeping the country… they are smartest, we think, for at-home party wear.
The prettiest hostesses this holiday season will be wearing velvet — and they’ll have a rainbow of beautiful colors from which to choose. Chances are the pacesetters will wear long dresses; if not, glamorous “pajamas” that look like skirts with bright printed overblouses. They will entertain at formal dinners, because they know women love to dress up (and men love to see women in long dresses).
The big news in velvet and velveteens (other than the fabulous colors) is the prints and charming embossed designs. Some are even quilted. Simple accessories are prettiest with these vibrant colors — perhaps matching velveteen shoes and jeweled earrings.
With the marvelous new finishes on most velvets, they are practical and easy to care for. Some are even spot-resistant and crush-proof. All velvets have nap — be sure to consider this when you choose a pattern.
Chic velveteen dress looks
Princess dress in Persian-blue velveteen has a halter-effect neckline with a high back. Vogue.
Design No. 5889, Shoes by Pappagallo. Giant hoop earrings by Brania. Embossed velveteen (it’s actually a decorating fabric) makes an elegant though simple sheath. Vogue Design No, 5721. Gold snake. skin bracelets by KJL. Shoes by Evins. Demitasse and other accessories by The Pink Balloon.
Colorful, versatile velvet hostess dresses
Velvet hostess dresses are suitable for almost any type of party. Colorful and versatile, they range from the sleek and formal to the playful or demure. Bright and beautiful red velvet (Amity) well deserves a double take, left. The back interest is set off with bows, while the front is all graceful simplicity.
Shoes by Pappagallo, black velvet (Martin) skirt is topped with an eyelet blouse and turquoise vest buttoned with … braid frogs (Franken) — a perfect example of the layered look for evening.
Rosy pink velveteen maxi-dress
Rosy pink velveteen (Crompton) dress with a high waistline and straight neck is the height of femininity. Vogue Design No, 6000. Therese Ahrens bow, Brania pin,
Vintage velveteen dresses: Slim wrap
Right: Leopard buttons and belt are accents for slim double-breasted avocado green velveteen wrap dress, Vogue Design No. 6077, Velveteen pillows in bright shades are by Lazybuck.