For New Year’s Eve, I try and do something somewhat dressy and festive, because it’s often the only time I get the opportunity to wear an honest cocktail dress.  I live in a super casual town, and it’s rare that there is an event that requires me to show up in a beautiful cocktail dress, but New Year’s Eve is different. It’s the time of year to break out the false lashes and nail polish with glitter, dig out my black stilettos, and put on a dress that I absolutely love. I might even get to wear the mink coat that my late mother left me (don’t worry – I’d never buy a new one) if I’m lucky. Because really, where does one wear a mink coat in a beach town?

Stop Staring! vintage and retro inspired dresses

This year, just like last year, I’ve been looking through vintage styled cocktail dresses, and I wanted to share my favorite brand with you: Stop Staring!. Stop Staring! was born in 1997, by Alicia Estrada who was only 17, and has been providing retro chic vintage style cocktail dresses and separates ever since.  All of the clothing is made right here in the United States.

Sizes go right up to 18, and celebs such as Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Alba, Nigella Lawson, Ashley Greene, and Olivia Munn, have worn Stop Staring! among others.

I purchased a cobalt blue metallic one shouldered number from them a few years back, and it is one of my all time favorites – I get so many compliments on it when I wear it, it’s crazy. So here are my picks for this year – and I can’t decide which one I’m going to get.

Stop Staring vintage cocktail dresses


Left to right: Billion Dollar Baby in Navy ($154), Nightlife Fitted Dress in Black ($154), Million Dollar Baby in Red ($152)

Beautiful cocktail dresses by Stop Staring - perfect for the holidays


Left to right: Alexis in Metallic Champagne ($174), Celebrity in Black with White Dots ($170), Moda in Green ($158)

Festive vintage style cocktail dresses from Stop Staring!


Left to right: Twilight in Black ($170), Billion Dollar Baby in Red ($154), Molly in Blue With Beige Plaid ($154)

Vintage and rockabilly dresses by Stop Staring


Left to Right: Darla in Taupe Lace ($186), Billion Dollar Baby in Black ($152)

I honestly love them all. Which one would you pick?

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