Film Fashion Friday 24. Hostess Outfits for Housebound Glamour

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Today is Friday, so it’s time for another Film Fashion Friday article. This weekly series is dedicated to studying clothes from Code films and trying to reproduce our favorite outfits and looks with pieces from Amazon. Every time you buy one of the products I recommended, PEPS gets a small commission through the Amazon Affiliate program. This series might seem a little pointless right now, when Americans have few opportunities to go out. However, I decided to take advantage of these circumstances. This is the perfect time to look at what ladies wore around the house during the Golden Era, the hostess outfit, also known as the hostess dress or hostess gown. I am going to analyze the different variants of this popular style of lounge-wear from the late 1940s and 50s, pants paired with some flowing dress, long top, or coat.

This type of outfit came in many different styles, and there is no one way to put it together. A more casual variant was popularized in the 1950s by Lucille Ball on her television show I Love Lucy. Rather than reproducing one particular hostess outfit, I am going to include pictures of many different actresses wearing this style in Code films as examples.

Lovely To Look At (1952) | That look, Movie costumes, Costume design

Models in Lovely to Look At (1952), including Ann Miller.

The finale of Lovely to Look At from 1952 is a fashion show, featuring all the styles from Roberta’s. One of the categories is hostess outfits. Five lovely examples of this style are displayed. Skip to 0:51 of the below video to see the models in motion. Three of these styles are textured, flared coats over colorful pants or jumpsuits. The fourth is an Indian-themed outfit with fuller pants, a blouse with 3/4-length sleeves, and a long, open vest. The fifth, worn by Ann Miller, featured sequin leggings, a similarly sparkly strapless bodice, a sheer skirt over the leggings which makes them look like cape pants, and a bolero coat.

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Above is a slideshow of different actresses wearing hostess outfits. Scan through them to get an idea of the many styles of this diverse outfit before we go on to instructions on how to recreate such an outfit for yourself.

These outfits can be composed by many different pieces. The most important item, which creates the style, is the top or wrap. I am going to divide the components into two sections, the tops, wraps, dresses, and other outer decorative wear by numbers, and the pants, blouses, and jumpsuits by letters. Thus, I can suggest with what type of outfit to pair each suggested item.

Tops – Numbers

Tops with High Low Trains – 1

I. “Lrady Women Ruffle High Low Asymmetrical Bodycon Peplum Tops Blouse Shirt Dress:” Style 2# on product page – long sleeves, high neck, high low ruffled train – yellow (pictured), blue, red, white, wine red, and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $38.99 

Pair with any A

II. “Lrady Women Ruffle High Low Asymmetrical Bodycon Peplum Tops Blouse Shirt Dress:” Style 1# on product page – cap sleeves, high neck, high low ruffled train – black (pictured), blue, red, white, wine red, yellow, and green – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $38.99

Pair with any A

 

III. “Lrady Women Ruffle High Low Asymmetrical Bodycon Peplum Tops Blouse Shirt Dress:” Style 3# on product page – off the shoulder short sleeves, high low ruffled train – red (pictured), black, white, and yellow – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $37.99

Pair with any A and perhaps 6 I-VII

IV. “Lrady Women Ruffle High Low Asymmetrical Bodycon Peplum Tops Blouse Shirt Dress:” Style 6# on product page – long sleeves, stand collar, plunging V-neck, waist band, high low ruffled train – blue (pictured), black, red, white, and yellow – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $37.99

Pair with any A and 6 VIII, or pair with C I-III or VII

 

V. “Lrady Women Ruffle High Low Asymmetrical Bodycon Peplum Tops Blouse Shirt Dress:” Style 5# on product page – off-the-shoulder sleeves, plunging  sweetheart neckline, high low ruffled train – white (pictured), black, red, and yellow – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $36.99

Pair with any A and 6 VI-VIII

VI. “ECHOINE Womens High Low Dress – Fashion Elegant Asymmetrical Irregular Hem Ruffle Peplum Top Tunics Maxi Shirt Dress:” Style 02 on product page – long sleeves, high neck, long asymmetrical train split in front – black leopard (pictured), yellow, fuchsia, orange, black, black and white, white, and royal blue – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $38.99-39.99

Pair with any A

 

VII. “ECHOINE Womens High Low Dress – Fashion Elegant Asymmetrical Irregular Hem Ruffle Peplum Top Tunics Maxi Shirt Dress:” Style 03 on product page – long sleeves, puffed on the shoulders, crossed over V-neck, waistband, high low ruffled train – black (pictured), red, royal blue, yellow, and white – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $39.99

Pair with C I-III or VII

VIII. “ECHOINE Womens High Low Dress – Fashion Elegant Asymmetrical Irregular Hem Ruffle Peplum Top Tunics Maxi Shirt Dress:” Style 01 on product page – long sleeves, puffed on the shoulders, plunging scoop neck, waistband, high low ruffled train – royal blue (pictured) and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $39.99

Pair with C I-III or VII

IX. “ECHOINE Womens High Low Dress – Fashion Elegant Asymmetrical Irregular Hem Ruffle Peplum Top Tunics Maxi Shirt Dress:” Style Lace – 01 on product page – long sleeves of transparent lace, lined lace bodice with sweetheart neckline, high low ruffled train – white (pictured) and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $39.99

Pair with any A

 

X. “ECHOINE Womens High Low Dress – Fashion Elegant Asymmetrical Irregular Hem Ruffle Peplum Top Tunics Maxi Shirt Dress:” Style Lace – V Neck on product page – short, layered flared sleeves, crossed over V-neck, waistband, high low ruffled train – red (pictured), yellow, and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $36.99

Pair with C I-III or VII

 

XI. “ECHOINE Womens High Low Dress – Fashion Elegant Asymmetrical Irregular Hem Ruffle Peplum Top Tunics Maxi Shirt Dress:” Style Lace on product page – heavy lace pattern throughout, long, transparent lace sleeves, high neck, high low ruffled train – white – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $39.99

Pair with any A

XII. “Annystore High Low Tops for Women – Ruffle Bodycon Peplum Asymmetrical Tunic Shirt Dresses:” Style B on product page – long sleeves, plunging V-neck, high low ruffled train – pink (pictured), green, white, yellow, red, blue, and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – zipper closure – $37.99

Pair with any A and 6 VI-VIII, or pair with C I-III or VII


XIII. “Halfword Women Short Sleeve Color Block Printed High Low Front Split Long Shirt Maxi Dress:” cap tunic sleeves, high neck, long asymmetrical train split in front – orange block (pictured), white block, and white chain – 100% polyester – zipper closure – $34.99

Pair with any A

XIV. “Halfword Women Short Sleeve Color Block Printed High Low Front Split Long Shirt Maxi Dress:” Style 1 on product page – 3/4-length sleeves, high neck, long asymmetrical train split in front – white chain long (pictured), white block, and orange block – 100% polyester – zipper closure – $36.99

Pair with any A

XV. “Halfword Womens Short Sleeve High Low Front Split Long Maxi Tunic Tops:” Style Long on product page – 3/4-length sleeves, high neck with band, long asymmetrical train split in front – orange (pictured), yellow, pink, purple, black, and white – 100% polyester – zipper closure – $34.99

Pair with any A

XVI. “Halfword Womens Short Sleeve High Low Front Split Long Maxi Tunic Tops:” cap tunic sleeves, high neck with band, waistband, long asymmetrical train split wide in front, shinier material – blue (pictured), yellow, and pink – 100% polyester – zipper closure – $32.99

Pair with any A

XVII. “Halfword Womens Short Sleeve High Low Front Split Long Maxi Tunic Tops:” Sometimes Style 2 on product page –  cuffed cap sleeves, high neck with cuffed band, higher waistband, long asymmetrical train split higher in front – yellow (pictured), white, orange, and black – 100% polyester – zipper closure – $29.99

Pair with any A

Tops/Coats with High Low Trains and Front Closure – 2

I. “Halfword Womens Short Sleeve High Low Front Split Long Maxi Tunic Tops:” cuffed longer cap sleeves, stand collar, buttons up the front, same colored tie at the waist, floor-length – orange 2 (pattern with orange, turquoise, and white stripes of different widths) – 100% polyester – $32.99

Pair with A I or III in white, or pair with C VII or X

 

II. “jiedream Women’s High Low Asymmetrical Shirt Long Sleeve Striped Dress V Neck Shirt with Belt Blouse:” long sleeves with cuffs, v-neck, tapered waist with differently positioned stripes, patterned cloth buttons on the bodice, same patterned tie at the waist, flared bottom of the blouse in front, floor-length train – black (pictured), blue, and red (all with white stripes) – 100% polyester – $17.99

Pair with any A, or pair with C I-IV, VII, or X

III. “Scarlet Darkness Womens Gothic Steampunk Jacket Long Victorian Waistcoat Jacket Top:” cap sleeves, deep v-neck collar with a stiff ruffled frill, single button at the waist, functional corset-style lacing on the back, high low short gathered skirt-like hem – black (pictured), blue, green, purple, wine, and red (also black and red in slightly different style with metal buttons) – 96% polyester and 4% spandex – $29.99

Pair with any A, or pair with C I-V, VII, or X

IV. “Dunacifa Gothic Vintage Womens Steampunk Victorian Swallow Tail Long Trench Coat Jacket:” long sleeves with black lace at the cuffs, stand collar with black lace edging, three little sets of snaps up the front, functional black corset-style lacing on the back, high low short gathered skirt-like hem – red (pictured), black, black with red lining, and black with purple lining – 96% polyester and 4% spandex – $20.56

Pair with any A, or pair with C I-IV, VII, or X


V. “City In Left Women’s Slim Long Dovetail Turn-Down Collar Trench Coat Gothic Clothing:” long sleeves, three gold buttons at each cuff, turned down collar, pockets, three hooks down the front, high low gathered skirt-like hem – black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – $57.50

Pair with any A, or pair with C I-V, VII, or X

Split-Front Maxi Dresses/Coverups – 3

I. “Playworld Women Button Down Collar Long Sleeve Casual Long Dresses Loose Sexy Shirt Dress:” cuffed 3/4-length sleeves, stand collar, buttons up the front, same colored tie at the waist, long high low skirt – navy blue, red, and white – polyester and spandex- $35.99-36.99

Pair with any A

II. “Milumia Women’s Button Up Split Floral Print Flowy Party Maxi Dress:” Sometimes Style A on product page – 3/4-length sleeves with band, v-neck, buttons down the front to the knee, ribbed waistband, bow tassel at the waist, flowing long skirt split in front – burgundy, multi-green (navy with green vines and pink flowers), A-yellow, army green, beige_yellow (off-white with colorful leaves), multi-black (black with green vines and pink-hued flowers), multicolor-9 (beige, olive green, off-white, and gray vertical stripes), navy_pink (navy with pale pink flowers), white-1 (white with bunches of yellow, pink, and red flowers),  yellow (yellow with colorful flowers and leaves), black_yellow (black with pink, blue, and yellow flowers), black-6 (black with cherries), Z-multicolor-1 (red with a pattern of small white flowers), Z-multicolor-3 (navy with white polka dots), black-green (black with pale pink flowers and green leaves), white_blue (white with blue, red, and off-white flowers), Z-multicolor-2 (red with orange, white, and blue palm leaves), blue white stripe (white with blue vertical stripes), and white-2 (white with black vertical stripes) – rayon- $28.99-39.99

Pair with any A, or pair with C I-V, VII, or X

III. “Milumia Women’s Button Up Split Floral Print Flowy Party Maxi Dress:” long puffy sleeves with cuffs, v-neck, buttons down the front to the knee, ribbed waistband, bow tassel at the waist, flowing long skirt split in front – burgundy (burgundy with vertical rows of white and blue flowers), green-8 (solid print of palm leaves of many green shades), and multicolor-14 (black with white diamonds around little red flowers) – 70% rayon and 20% spandex – $28.99-39.99

Pair with any A and , or pair with C I-V, VII, or X

IV. “Milumia Women Floral Print Button Up Split Flowy Party Maxi Dress:” cap sleeves, v-neck, buttons down the front to the knee, ribbed waistband, bow tassel at the waist, flowing long skirt split in front – A-multicoloured (white with pastel purple, blue, and green flowers), A-red and white (red with white floral print), blue (pale blue with white flowers), multicolor-white-3 (white with bunches of red and yellow roses), A-red (red with white flowers and green leaves), B-multicolour-2 (leopard print), B-multicolour-3 (lighter leopard print), burgundy, dark blue, green (dark green with pale pink flowers), green-2 (olive green with small white and red flowers), green-5 (solid color), light blue-2 (light blue with small red flowers), multicolour-red (red with white flowers with green leaves), red-2 (red with small white flowers and dark green leaves), black (black with pastel purple, blue, and green flowers), B-multicolour-1 (black with orange plants), blue-2 (dark blue with colorful flowers and dragonflies), light blue (light blue with white geometric patterns), multicolour-2 (black with red, pink, and purple flowers), apricot-1 (off-white with yellow and red leaves), A-light green (mint green with red and white flowers and dark green leaves), burgundy-1 (burgundy with white flecks), multicolor-floral-1 (peach with white flowers and green leaves), pink (pink with white, red, and blue flowers), multicolor-floral-green (mint green with pale pink flowers and light green leaves),  multicoloured-12 (white with green palm leaves and orange and pink hibiscus flowers), dark blue-1 (dark blue with white flecks), multicolor-10 (black with white and orange flowers and green leaves), multicolor-14 (white with black and orange geometric patterns), and multicolor-blue (light blue with blue and red roses and leaves) – 70% rayon and 30% spandex – $19.99-35.99

Pair with any A and 6 VI-VIII, or pair with C I-V, VII, or X

V. “Hibluco Women’s Bathing Suit Bikini Cover Up Hollow Crochet Knit Beach Dresses:” puffy long sleeves with bands at elbows, transparent material, v-neck, buttons down the front to the knee, same colored tie at the waist, long flowing skirt split in front – black – K10 – polyester and cotton blend – $9.99

Pair with C I-III, V, VII-IX

VI. “R.Vivimos Women Long Sleeve Button Up Floral Embroidered Cotton Boho Split Maxi Dress:” long sleeves with cuffs, solid material with same-colored decorations, plunging v-neck, high waistband with three buttons, long flowing skirt split high in front – orange – 100% cotton – $33.99-34.99

Pair with C I-III, V, VII-IX

Open Front Cardigan Vests – 4

I. “HyBrid & Company Womens Casual Sleeveless/Short Sleeve Open Front Drape Cardigan:” Sometimes Style 52309 on product page, for matte fabric –  sleeveless, open front, no closure, banded edge, front pockets, long hem, below knee – coral (shiny [pictured] and matte), black (matte and shiny), neon pink (matte and shiny), white (matte), cobalt blue (shiny), mint (matte), heather gray (shiny), and red (shiny) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $13.50-26.39

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

 

II. “URRU Womens Casual Sleeveless Open Front Cardigan Sweater Vest with Pockets and Belt S-XXL:” sleeveless, open front with waterfall collar, matching cloth belt which can be tied in the back or in front for closure, front pockets, hem at knee – blue (pictured), dark gray, grey, navy blue, purple, white, wine red, coffee, army green, and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $19.99-25.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

III. “POGTMM Women’s Casual Long Open Front Drape Lightweight Duster High Low Hem Maxi Long Sleeve Cardigan(S-3XL):” long sleeves, open front, mid-calf length, slightly longer in back – beige (pictured), black, B-leopard 01 (tan base), B-leopard 1 (beige base with small black print), black sheer, dark gray, mustard, wine red, Z leopard (tan base with black and brown print), royal blue, brown, white, red, navy blue, green, purple, teal blue, pink, olive, camo print, and light blue – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $9.99-21.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

Open Front Kimonos – 5

I. “Hibluco Women’s Sheer Chiffon Floral Kimono Cardigan Long Blouse Loose Tops Outwear:” Style H on product page – drapey elbow-length sleeves, open front, sheer material, loose through body, knee length, slightly longer in back, large splits on sides – H14 (white with multicolored odd shapes) (pictured), H16 (white with blue and pink flowers), H18 (white with gold and brown flowers and black sketched leaves), H20 (horizontal double rows of yellow, pink, light blue, and navy squares), H11 (red, white, and navy horizontal stripes), H12 (light blue with small yellow and pink flowers), H13 (black with pink and blue flowers), and H19 (black with light pink flowers and white leaves) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $4.99-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

II. “Hibluco Women’s Sheer Chiffon Floral Kimono Cardigan Long Blouse Loose Tops Outwear:” Style S on product page – drapey 3/4-length sleeves, open front, loose through body, mid-calf length, slightly longer in back, large splits on sides – S28 (solid white material with leopard print) (pictured), S 83 (sheer aqua material with colorful flowers), S 84 (sheer navy material with orange planets), S2 (solid orange material with black tiger stripes), S81 (sheer white material with brown leopard print), S77 (sheer white material with colorful palm leaves), S78 (sheer with vertical white, blue, orange, and yellow stripes), S79 (sheer white with green and orange palm leaves), S 82 (sheer light blue material with small pink, white, and beige flowers), S56 (sheer white material with large pink roses), S57 (sheer light pink material with large white and pink roses), S58 (sheer light blue material with large white and pink roses), S59 (solid white material with large orange and brown flowers), and S80 (sheer white material with blue leaves) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $4.99-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

III. “Hibluco Women’s Sheer Chiffon Floral Kimono Cardigan Long Blouse Loose Tops Outwear:” Style K on product page – flared 3/4-length sleeves, open front, loose through body, knee length handkerchief bottom, straight and shorter in back, large splits on sides – K87 (solid white with red and pink flowers and red diamond border) (pictured), K92 (sheer gray with tan, blue, and white flowers), K4 (shorter solid white with colorful flowers and leaves), K 19 (solid green fading to orange with black palm trees), K 20 (solid red with white flowers), K 8 (sheer black with big green leaves), K 10 (sheer black with orange planets), and K 12 (solid navy blue with mauve flowers) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $4.99-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

IV. “Hibluco Women’s Sheer Chiffon Floral Kimono Cardigan Long Blouse Loose Tops Outwear:” Style F on product page – loose 3/4-length sleeves, open front, loose through body, mid-calf even hem, large splits on sides, solid material – F6 (navy with orange tiger stripes) (pictured), F4 (white with horizontal teal and brown stripes), F5 (white with large black and blue patterns), F7 (hot pink with gold tiger stripes), F8 (tie-dye horizontal tan, blue, orange, pink, and gray stripes), and F9 (tie-dye horizontal red, pink, brown, and blue stripes) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $4.99-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

V. “Hibluco Women’s Sheer Chiffon Floral Kimono Cardigan Long Blouse Loose Tops Outwear:” long, loose flowing sleeves, open front, loose through body, long handkerchief hem, large splits on sides – Z95 (sheer black with red and pink roses) (pictured) and A-k 9 (solid white with colorful flowers and leaves and an orange border) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $4.99-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

VI. MayBuy Women’s Long Flowy Kimono Cardigan Boho Chiffon Floral Beach Cover Up Tops:” Style 2 on product page – drapey 3/4-length sleeves, open front, loose through body, mid-calf length handkerchief hem, slightly longer in back, large splits on sides, solid material – 2c-white (white with gold geometric patterns on borders) (pictured), 2d-white (white with gray and blue geometric patterns on borders), 2-floral Print (white with red and dark green leaves and flowers and a red border), 2c-black (black with white geometric patterns), 2b-white (white with teal geometric patterns on borders), 2e-white (white with black and red geometric patterns on borders), and 2-bohemian floral print (white with orange and green flowers and patterned borders) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $11.77-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

VII. “MayBuy Women’s Long Flowy Kimono Cardigan Boho Chiffon Floral Beach Cover Up Tops:” Style D on product page – drapey elbow-length sleeves, open front, loose through body, mid-calf length straight hem, large splits on sides – D-orange-red (semi-solid coral with blue and white flowers) (pictured) and D2-type-a (solid off-white with orange, purple, and green flowers) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $11.77-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

VIII. MayBuy Women’s Long Flowy Kimono Cardigan Boho Chiffon Floral Beach Cover Up Tops:” various styles – different lengths of sleeves, open front, loose through body, different lengths of hems, large splits on sides – 0-multicolored (solid white with orange and gray flowers with flower borders) (pictured), Z-multicolored-2 (solid off-white with faded brown leopard spots), Z3-type 6/Cotton (short solid blue with purple and brown flowers), Green3 (solid green with pink flowers, brown branches, and yellow moons), Multicolored-a (solid black with big pink flowers), Type 1a (solid white with faded green palm leaves and matching belt), Type-leopard Print Kimono (short solid small leopard print), Z-green (semi-solid white with vibrant green leaves), A-floral (semi-solid tan with purple and green flowers and leaves and front tie), Type-c (solid gray with red and pink roses), Z3-type 5/Cotton (short solid white with blue and orange flowers), Z3-white 3/Cotton (short solid white with red and blue flowers), Type-b (short sheer black with red and pink roses), and Type 2 (solid tan rattle-snake pattern) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $11.77-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

 

IX. “Hibluco Women’s Casual Cover Ups Printed Kimono Cardigan Sheer Tops Loose Blouse:” drapey 3/4-length sleeves, open front, loose through body, mid-calf length handkerchief hem, slightly longer in back, large splits on sides, semi-solid material – K78 (white with yellow sunflowers) (pictured), A58 (off-white with bright orange and white flowers), K62 (navy with white and orange flowers), K64 (off-white with small pink and blue flowers), K79 (navy with yellow sunflowers), H3 (white with blue and pink flowers and butterflies), F1 (black with assorted pink and yellow flowers), H15 (white with big blue flowers), S60 (black with white sketched leaves and front closure), and S5 (off-white with blue and red flowers and red borders) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $9.99-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

X. “Hibluco Women’s Casual Cover Ups Printed Kimono Cardigan Sheer Tops Loose Blouse:” fitted long sleeves sleeves, open front, more fitted through body, line at waist, even mid-calf length hem, slightly longer in back, solid material – H21 (vertical white orange, tan, brown, and periwinkle stripes) (pictured), H22 (white with black and brown leopard spots), and S17 (vertical black, tan, orange, red, and olive green stripes) – 95% polyester and 5% spandex  – $9.99-19.99

Pair with any A and any B, or pair with any C

Bolero Shrugs – 6

I. “Belle Poque Women’s Vintage Cropped Shrug Open Front Long Sleeve Ruffled Bolero Cardigan:” long sleeves, open front, high neck in back, ruffles on bottom – red (pictured), coffee, light gray, flower gray, purple, wine red, black, apricot, green, light blue, navy, rose red, royal blue, white, willow green, yellow, pink, airy blue, and sets of two: black and navy, black and red, black and white, black and light gray, and black and apricot  – 95% cotton and 5% spandex  – $16.99-28.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfitsII. “SSOULM Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Open Front Bolero Shrug Cardigan with Plus Size:” 3/4-length sleeves, open front, high neck in back with gathers at the back – black (pictured), red, coffee, peach, white, gray, royal, aqua, eggplant, olive, taupe, charcoal, coral, teal aqua, magenta, fuchsia, navy, and burgundy  – 95% rayon and 5% spandex  – $15.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

III. “HUHOT Womens Versatile Open Front Lightweight Short Sleeve Bolero Shrug:” long sleeves, open front cut far out on the sides, very short – navy (pictured), black, and white – 100% modal  – $15.99 

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

IV. “HUHOT Womens Versatile Open Front Lightweight Short Sleeve Bolero Shrug:” short sleeves, open front cut far out on the sides, very short – charcoal (pictured), black, white, navy, and pink – 100% modal  – $13.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

V. “Lock and Love Women’s Versatile Open Front Lightweight Short Sleeve Bolero Shrug:” short sleeves, open front, trimmed, knit texture – olive (pictured), gray, lilac, taupe, teal, aqua, dark purple, navy, pink, charcoal, hunter green, dark gray, white, mauve, royal brite, wine, brown, red, and black – 96% rayon and 4% spandex  – $15.95-19.95

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

VI. SSOULM Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Open Front Bolero Shrug Cardigan with Plus Size:” 3/4-length sleeves, open front, fastened with a crystal button at the neck, scalloped trim on edges, knit – amber (pictured), apricot, gray, green, navy, wine, black, ivory, pink, red, and Christmas red (white, red, and gray with reindeer and snowflakes), and sets of two: black and apricot, black and ivory, black and red, red and ivory, black and navy, ivory and ivory, white and navy, and black and black – 65% rayon and 35% acrylic – $7.29-28.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

 

VII. SSOULM Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Open Front Bolero Shrug Cardigan with Plus Size:” 3/4-length sleeves, open front, fastened with a crystal button at the neck, scalloped trim on edges, knit with little holes – red (pictured), black, navy, and ivory- 65% rayon and 35% acrylic – $7.29-28.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

VIII. “SSOULM Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Open Front Bolero Shrug Cardigan with Plus Size:” 3/4-length sleeves, fastened in front by a wide ruffle with three white mother-of-pearl buttons, scalloped trim on edges, knit – black (pictured) and white – 65% rayon and 35% acrylic  – $7.29-28.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

IX. “Tandisk Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Bolero Sheer Chiffon Shrug Cardigan:” 3/4-length sleeves, open front cut far over on sides, very short, sheer chiffon material – blue (pictured), black, coffee, green, grey, navy blue, purple, taupe, white, wine red, yellow, lake blue, and lavender – $12.74-14.58

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits


X. “ATYPE Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Bolero Jackets Crochet Open Cardigan Lace Shrugs for Dresses:” 3/4-length sleeves, open front, very short, thick border, transparent floral lace material – white (pictured), apricot, black, light grey, light purple, pink, wine red, and navy blue – 95% nylon and 5% spandex – $15.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits


XI. “Aibrou Women Short Ruffle Sleeve Sheer Bolero Shrugs Chiffon Cardigans for Dresses:” 3/4-length drapey sleeves with band above the elbow, open front with ruffles, very short, sheer, flowing material – grey (pictured), beige, blue, mint green, navy blue, white, wine red, pink, beige white, and black – 100% polyester – $21.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

 

XII. “SoTeer Women’s Short Sleeve Bolero Sheer Open Front Chiffon Shrug Cardigan:” elbow-length drapey sleeves, open front with drapes, button at the neck, very short, sheer, flowing material – black (pictured), white, navy blue, pink, wine red, gray, blue, and apricot – 100% polyester – $17.99

Pair with any D or with previously mentioned outfits

Bottoms – Letters

Pants – A

I. “Leggings Depot Cotton Women’s Premium Quality Ultra Soft Solid Leggings:” long pants, tight legs, regular waistband, come in eight sizes – black (pictured), ivory, pink, brown, burgundy, navy, white, khaki, charcoal gray, forest green, jade, lilac, lime, orange, red, turquoise, fuchsia, mint, mocha, purple, rose, kelly green, royal blue, yellow, coral, heather gray, hunter green, mustard, olive, peach, and teal – 95% cotton and 5% spandex  – $13.99-15.99

II. “Leggings Depot Women’s Ultra Soft High Waist Fashion Leggings BAT1:” long pants, tight legs, regular waistband, come in four sizes – berry plaid (pictured), B&W checkered, black rose, blueberries, candyberry plaid, checkered tease, dainty blossoms, dinosaur world, donut affair, dragonflies and lilies, dragonfly garden, floral grace, furball cats, holiday plaid, midnight flowers, multicolored scribble, music in me, muted plaid, noble horses, pink butterflies, plaidscape, playful kisses, red gingham, sailin’ away, sleepy owls, unicorn cloud, vine charm, all the stars, bees and flowers, bloom time, and seventy-one other patterns  – 95% cotton and 5% spandex  – $8.99-24.99


III. “Conceited Premium Ultra Soft High Waisted Leggings – 20+ Colors in Capri and Full Length – Regular and Plus Size:” capri-length pants, tight legs, high 3″ waist, come in two sizes – gray (pictured), charcoal gray, fuchsia pink, mauve pink, midnight black, mint, mocha brown, mustard, navy blue, nude beige, off white, pure white, purple, red hot, royal blue, sea blue, and true brown – 92% polyester and 8% spandex  – $14.95

IV. “Leggings Depot Women’s Popular REG/Plus Premium Warm Fleece Lined Leggings Tights Pants:” Style High Waist on product page – long pants, tight legs, high waist, come in two sizes, fleece material – mocha (pictured), cocoa, black, coral, dark brown, forest teal, hot pink, maroon wine, mauve, mint, plum, purple, red, royal blue, turquoise, and wine burgundy – $11.99

V. “Leggings Depot Women’s Popular REG/Plus Premium Warm Fleece Lined Leggings Tights Pants:” Style High Waist on product page – long pants, tight legs, regular waistband, come in two sizes, fleece material – burgundy (pictured), brown, coral, hunter green, magenta, mocha, mustard, navy, olive, plum, royal blue, rust, black, charcoal, charcoal gray, khaki, light gray, mauve, and red – $11.99

Blouses – B

I. “Romwe Women’s Solid Elegant Bow Tie Neck Long Sleeve Work Office Blouse Top:” long, loose sleeves with cuffs at the wrists, blousy through the body, high neck with ruffles, little keyhole and thin tie at the neck – white (pictured), burgundy, pink, black, navy, yellow, black #5 (with small red and white flowers), multicolor #5 (larger squares of different patterns in tan, brown, navy, and black)  – 100% polyester  – $7.99-21.99 

 

II. “Romwe Women’s Floral Print Long Sleeve Mock Neck Elegant Work Blouse Tops Shirts:” long, loose sleeves with banded cuffs and ruffles at the wrists, blousy through the body, high neck with ruffles all the way around, keyhole in the back with a button at the top – white (pictured), green (with white speckles), black and white (white with black speckles), navy #1 (navy with white speckles), black and white #1 (white with black speckles), and multicolor (peach with pink flowers and green leaves) – 100% polyester  – $9.99-17.99


III. “Romwe Women’s Floral Print Long Sleeve Mock Neck Elegant Work Blouse Tops Shirts:” long, loose sleeves, gathered at the wrists, blousy through the body, high neck with ruffles all the way around, white pearls on the front of the torso, keyhole in the back with a button at the top – navy (pictured), pink, burgundy, green, and yellow – 100% polyester  – $9.99-17.99

IV. Double Plus Open Women Vintage Pleated Collared Button Down Shirt Long Sleeve Blouse Stretch:” long sleeves with cuffs and buttons, fitted through the body, high neck with ruffles all the way around, pleats beneath it, same colored buttons up the front – apricot (pictured), white, atrovirens, and red – 97% polyester and 3% spandex  – $23.69

Jumpsuits – C

I. “Made by Emma Women’s Casual Tube Top Strapless Stretchable Long Wide Leg Jumpsuit:” tube top with spaghetti straps, decorative knot on front of torso, fitted torso, long, loose pants – black (pictured), teal, mustard, and red – 100% rayon – $10.97-19.98

II. “Made by Emma Women’s Casual Tube Top Strapless Stretchable Long Wide Leg Jumpsuit:” tube top with spaghetti straps, fitted torso with ribbed material, long, loose pants, pattern with flowers and leaves – white (pictured), black, navy – 100% rayon – $10.97-19.98

 

III. “DIDK Women’s Stretchy Scallop Edge Halter Slim Fit High Waist Zipper Long Jumpsuit: halter neck top with scalloped edges, fitted torso, waistband, pockets, tight pants at the ankles – black (pictured), blue, and navy – 97% polyester and 3% spandex – $26.99

 

IV. “Knitee Women’s Vintage Lace Floral Sleeveless High Waisted Wide Leg Rompers Formal Jumpsuit: Style C on product page – fitted sleeveless top, crossed-over v-neck, flaps on the shoulders, waistband, long, loose pants – black (pictured), dark green, navy blue, and burgundy – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – $35.99


V. “Knitee Women’s Vintage Lace Floral Sleeveless High Waisted Wide Leg Rompers Formal Jumpsuit: Style A on product page – fitted sleeveless top, straight-necked bodice, lace on shoulders, waistband, long, loose pants – burgundy (pictured), dark green, navy blue, and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – $35.99


VI. “Knitee Women’s Vintage Lace Floral Sleeveless High Waisted Wide Leg Rompers Formal Jumpsuit: Style F on product page – fitted top, low scoop neck, short flared sleeves with slit on the side, same-colored tie at the waist, loose pants which end just above the ankle – navy blue (pictured), black, and burgundy – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – $35.99

VII. “ROMWE Women’s Sleeveless Scallop Edge Solid Mid Waist Long Pants Jumpsuit: sleeveless top with scalloped edges, fitted torso, waistband, pockets, looser pants, ankle-length with scalloped edges – black (pictured), burgundy, and green – 97% polyester and 3% spandex – $27.99-28.99

VIII. “Elliatt Women’s Apparel Women’s Cherish Sleeveless Cowl Neck Wide Leg Dressy Jumpsuit: halter top with cowl neck, blousy torso, same colored tie at waist, flowing long pants, satin material – white (pictured) and Aegean blue – 100% polyester with 92% polyester and 8% spandex lining – $45.09-199.95

IX. “Elliatt Women’s Apparel Women’s Cherish Sleeveless Cowl Neck Wide Leg Dressy Jumpsuit: sleeveless top, fitted torso, same colored sash on left side of neck hanging down in front, waistband, pockets, long, loose pants – dark green (pictured), burgundy, navy blue, and black – 95% polyester and 5% spandex – $37.99

X. “C/Meo Collective Women’s Publicity Sleeveless Wide Leg Cropped Jumpsuit: bodice with spaghetti straps, low-cut blouse with gathered material, same colored tie at waist, flowing long pants – ivory (pictured) – 100% viscose – $168.93-176.86

Jumpsuits with Cape Pants – D

I. “KOH KOH Womens Sleeveless Cocktail Wide Leg One Piece Jumpsuit Romper Playsuit:” sleeveless top, high scoop neck, blousy through torso, waistband, long pants, cape over hips, meeting at the front with a slit up to the mid-calf, creating cape pants, keyhole back with tie at the top – black (pictured), gray, ivory white, light brown, navy blue, pale pink, purple, red, and sky baby light blue – polyester and spandex- $34.99-49.95

II. “VERWIN Patchwork Overlay Embellished Plain Women’s Jumpsuit High-Waist Woman Romper:” sleeveless top, high scoop neck, fitted through torso, high waistband, long pants, fairly tight, cape in back, coming down from waist, zipper closure in the back, pictured belt not included – blue (pictured), red, white, and pink – 100% polyester (twilled satin) – $35.99-45.99

III. “VERWIN Patchwork Overlay Embellished Plain Women’s Jumpsuit High-Waist Woman Romper:” different styles of tops with long sleeves, fitted through torso, high waistband, long pants, fairly tight, cape in back, coming down from waist, zipper closure in the back, pictured belt not included – red with long sleeve (sheer 3/4-length sleeves) (pictured), red lace (top with red and black floral print sequins, cold shoulders, and elbow-length sleeves), red ruffle (3/4-length sleeves with ruffle at neckline and one bare shoulder), white long sleeves (3/4-length sleeves), and white one shoulder (fitted bodice with one gathered long sleeve and matching white belt) – 100% polyester (twilled satin) – $35.99-45.99

If you want to buy a ready-made hostess outfit on Amazon, I found one such product. The below garment is called the “Snow Lotus Women’s Satin Long Sleeve Jumpsuit Detachable Waist Cape Pants Prom Dress.” It’s a jumpsuit with a detachable waist cape that makes it a hostess outfit. The top has a v-neck and 3/4-length sleeves. The pants are fitted and end above the ankle. There is a large waistband and then a long, stiff cape. There is a back zipper for ease of dressing. This has a real 1950s look. It conveniently comes in all sizes. This garment comes in royal blue (pictured), blackish green, dark blue, dark green, gray, navy, picture green, purplish red, fuchsia, burgundy, light green, blue, red, turquoise, and deep red. It has satin material. This outfit costs $85.99-$111.99, which is a good price considering all that you get. 


The Model and the Marriage Broker streaming

Dennie Moore, Jeanne Crain, and Nancy Culp in The Model and the Marriage Broker, 1951.

As with any style, you can use specific outfits in movies to give you ideas of exactly how to create your own hostess outfit or outfits. This style is so versatile that you can create many different outfits with only a few pieces. Pair them with your own shoes, belts, and jewelry if desired to create your own unique look.

Born Yesterday (1950)

Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, and William Holden in Born Yesterday, 1950.

The beauty of this outfit is its versatility. It can be worn around the house, but it is nice enough to keep on when doing a video conference call, having close friends over, or hosting a ladies’ bruncheon. As the name suggests, this is a great outfit to wear when hosting informal gatherings. It also is a lovely thing to slip on when you are going to spend the day at home with your husband and want to look glamorous without dressing up.

A Date with Judy (1948)

Jane Powell and Scotty Beckett in A Date with Judy, 1948.

Since this outfit can be worn so many ways, it is appropriate for every age and body type. With a little exploration, you can find a combination that it is just right for your figure, tastes, and setting.

Phffft (1954)

Jack Carson and Judy Holliday in Phffft! (1954) after being in self-isolation for too long.

That concludes my description of this outfit. I hope that reading my article has given you something interesting. Hopefully it will inspire you to recreate a vintage-style hostess outfit for yourself. There is nothing like vintage glamour for brightening your spirits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born Yesterday (1950)

Judy Holliday learning something new in Born Yesterday, (1950).

 

 

 

Remember, take pictures of yourself in vintage style and send them to me to be featured in a future Film Fashion Fridays article! I will gladly republish your pictures, advice, and experiences in vintage clothing for others to see and read. Let’s make Friday a day for film fashion!

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