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December 18, 2010

Holiday Dresses And Michelle Obama In Vintage Norman Norell

By RetroRuth

Who out there is excited to dress up for the Holidays? 

Oh! Oh! *madly waving arms in the air* “Meeeeeeeeee!”

Well, maybe I am not as excited as our fashion-forward First Lady, Michelle Obama, who wore a vintage Norman Norell dress at a recent Christmas special taped at The White House.


Completely gorgeous!  In the article, it also states that more vintage dresses are going to be worn by her in future appearances.  Lovely.

But I am still pretty excited.  And why am I excited, you ask?  Oh, only because I have a killer Holiday outfit this year! Ka-Pow!

It consists of a retro leopard print dress with a teeny black sewn-in petticoat (Squee!), my grandmother’s amazing vintage necklace and (in a nod to the recent freezing weather) black footless tights.  Very glam.  It is supposed to be finished off with black and tan opened-toed shoes, but since the weather has decided to turn Arctic, I have been wearing leather boots with it.  I have worn it to the theater, I am wearing it tonight to go out to a fancy restaurant, and I most likely will be wearing it for Christmas Eve.  Good thing the dress is machine washable!

I will try to remember to take a picture tonight so everyone can admire my amazing fashion sense. *Fluffing hair*

In the meantime, I have found some totally amazing vintage Holiday dresses  on Etsy so we can make like the First Lady for the Christmas.  Man, Tom is lucky I have SOME self-control.


This gorgeous dress may look like it belongs to the summer, but a few sparklers and some vintage white fur accents will make it fit for an Ice Princess.  From RaleighVintage.


This amazing bronze stunner  has a gorgeous skirt! I would be all over this.  Ahh…if only. From momodeluxevintage.


Some red Holiday splendor.  Oh yes. From melsvanity.


Pretty, pretty cranberry satin. From TheVintageStudio.


Red chiffon houndstooth. Also from TheVintageStudio.


A cherry blossom party dress. From shopREiNViNTAGE


There is something very charming about this little black dress.  I think I might love it. From IKAN.

So, what are you wearing to this year’s holiday festivities?  I am dying to know!

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6 Responses to Holiday Dresses And Michelle Obama In Vintage Norman Norell

  1. MoMoDeluxe Reply

    December 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    What beautiful dresses! Such wonderful inspiration…now I have to think up somewhere to go so I can get all dolled up…hmmm…
    Thank so much for including my “bronze goddess”! It really is such a gorgeous thing. If only I could squeeze into it!
    Thanks again!

  2. ModCloth Coupon Reply

    December 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Oh yeah, everybody talks about First Lady Michelle Obama’s dress these days, I also wrote a post about this the day before yesterday 😉

    And I absolutely agree with you, her vintage style dress is shining, but I’m just curious why nobody talks about Obama’s eldest daughter’s dress 😉

    BTW, Your Etsy recommendation is really gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing, RetroRuth!


  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Oh gosh, ALL those dresses are so completely gorgeous! I’ll take them all please!!! 🙂 And, how cool is that that the First Lady is dressing in vintage? I guess it just confirms what we already know to be true – vintage is best!

  4. Anonymous Reply

    December 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Those dresses are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see you all dolled up, Ruth. Your outfit sounds beautiful! We go absolutely nowhere during the holidays to wear anything nice. Everyone in sweats and jeans…sweats and jeans..

  5. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    December 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Those dresses are all amazing! Ruth, I can’t wait to see you all dolled up. Your outfit sounds like perfection!

    All of our Christmas parties are sweatshirts and jeans kind of affairs. I’d love to have somewhere fancy to go!

  6. Annie B. Reply

    December 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Ruth, you absolutely must share a photo of your knockout holiday outfit!

    Michelle O. looks great in vintage (and everything else!).

    My favorite holiday for wearing vintage is New Year’s Eve. One New Year’s, I convinced my very conservative husband to go vintage with me by wearing a 1940’s ladies brown wool beret with ribbons down its side (he must’ve hit the champagne early that year). The patrons of the local bistro where we spent the evening kept asking him which foreign military he was in. Hootie fun.

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