Hostesses With The Mostest

November 19, 1995|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Nothing like a whiff of nostalgia for the holidays. There's comfort in remembering the old days, and this season fashion is getting cozy with the '50s and '60s. Those were the hostess-skirt decades. You may remember that outfit -- the house-party wardrobe staple of ladies who entertained. Hostess skirts had a strong following then, and still do in circles where a long tartan skirt and frilly shirt are pulled out for winter parties right along with Great-Aunt Madge's eggnog recipe.

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Shoping guide

Page 6 -- Skirt, $145, sweater, $148, and vest, $235, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Shoes, $105, at Joanna Gray of London. Martini glasses from Williams-Sonoma.

Page 7 -- Skirt, $258, at Trillium. Shirt, $68, from Saks Fifth Avenue. Shoes, $155, from Joanna Gray of London. Plate from Williams-Sonoma.

Page 8 -- Skirt (left), $290, sweater, $100, and cardigan, $160, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Skirt (right), $258, and bodysuit, $220, at Trillium. Shoes, $195, at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Page 9 -- Skirt, $90, at Hecht's. Sweater, $220, and cardigan, $288, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Shoes, $105, at Joanna Gray of London. Antique tea set from Heirloom Jewels. Antique tea cart from Susan Nystrom.

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Jewelry throughout from Trillium at Greenspring Station.

Fashion styling by Suzin Boddiford. Food styling by Rebecca Thuss. Models: Lisa Bond and Holly Hartleb Gioioso/3 West Casting. Hair and makeup by Jill Turnbull for Etches Salon. Recipes from "American Gourmet" by Jane and Michael Stern, HarperCollins Publishers (1991).

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