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Christmas in July

Welcome to our annual Christmas in July Sale. We are traveling through summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The days are long and hot. What is one to do to cool down? We are taking a cue from Mel Torme and Bob Wells. They wrote The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) to cool down during summer heatwave in 1945. We are also thinking of cooler weather. What better way to do that than to celebrate summer with Christmas in July?

Until July 31 we will feature current and new items with that Chestnuts Roasting holiday attitude. Expect items to be added as the sale progresses so check back often to see if your favorite is on sale. Think of it as The Twelve Days of Christmas Plus! Fancy fabrics like silk, taffeta, and dupioni, velvet, twill and more are featured.

The origin of Christmas in July might surprise you. While it is a way for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere to celebrate the holiday with the cool crispness of winter in the air, its origins lie in Vaudeville. Theaters were not air-conditioned during the first quarter of the 20th century. This meant that theaters were often dark during the dog days of summer.

Performers would gather in summer colonies. Freeport, Long Island, was a popular location. The group that stayed out there formed the Long Island Good Hearted Thespians Society (LIGHTS). The main function of the group was to celebrate Christmas on July 4th. Their reasoning was there was no time to celebrate in December as most performers were on the road during that time of year. This meant they were away from their family and friends, often spending the day on a train, in a theater, or in a hotel. Waiting until summer when everyone could be together made a lot of sense! (Senelick)

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English / Metric
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BUST 3334 3536 3738 4042 4446 4850 5254 5658
WAIST 2425 2627 2830 3133 3537 3942 4447 5053


What size should I order?

Most people find that our sizing runs generously. If you are undecided with which size to order, it is best to order the smaller size, or give us a call to assist you (1-800-452-5925). You may also email us at sales@recollections.biz with your measurements (bust and waist) and we can help you choose the nearest size.


An exception to the generous sizing is the type of ball gown that requires boning in the bodice and that supports a heavy skirt. Many times this style is also "off-the-shoulder" and requires a firm fit to stay up. These styles tend to not run as generously as most of our other garments because of this. But please, give us a call if you are uncertain.


In most cases you should take your bust and waist measurement to determine your size. Please wear the undergarments that you intend to wear when you do your measuring. For example, take your measurement over the type of brassiere or corset that you may be wearing.


Measure the fullest part of your bust around and the smallest part of your waist.


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