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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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.
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).