Friday, February 2, 2018

Signs Of Spring

1950's rhinestone studded floral party dress, sold. 

1950's robin's egg blue spun nylon party dress, sold. 

1950's Belgium Chocolate taffeta party dress, available in boutique, waist 27. 

1950's Spring Blossom rayon dress, waist 26. Available in the boutique. 

1950's Illusion lace wedding reception cocktail dress, waist 27". Available in the boutique. 

Elegant 1950's navy blue fitted cocktail dress with rosette and hidden side pockets. Waist 25". Available in the boutique. 

Spectacular 1940's couture sequined ball gown, waist 26". Available on Etsy and in our boutique. 

 Some truly extraordinary dresses have landed in the shop recently. Be sure to follow us on Instagram at xtabayvintage to stay completely up to date. These one of a kind beauties sell fast! Remember, for these quiet winter months our hours are limited. We are currently open from 11-5pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We would love to help you find the perfect dress! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

January Shop Update

 After a fabulous and eventful holiday season things have finally settled down here at Xtabay. 
Last Monday I spent the afternoon taking down the holiday greens, sweeping up pine needles and packing away Christmas ornaments. With everything taken down the store looks sparse but fresh. I get excited and inspired by the potential of all the empty space. So what do I do? I fill it.

January is when bridal season really starts to pick up. Brides have been calling our upstairs sister store The English Dept. and booking appointments like crazy. I've been busy trying to procure vintage dresses that would go well in a wedding party. Which is what I have put together above.Warning: these dresses are going fast, so be sure to visit the shop and follow us on Instagram where I post shop updates and new arrivals daily.

We have updated our shop hours, and are now open from 11-5pm Thursday-Sunday. We are closed Monday through Wednesday to focus on our online sales and out of town customers. We hope to see you soon and Happy New Year! 

Monday, October 16, 2017


A rare and coveted early 1950s cocktail party dress by Suzy Perette featuring a dramatic wrap around faille bow over a velvet bodice. (Sold)

The perfect 1950's polished cotton full circle skirt in a bold floral smattered in sequins. Waist 27". 

Iconic and rare, this 1930's silk velvet bias cut gown with enormous pave rhinestone geometric shaped buttons and satin lining is Old Hollywood at its finest. (sold)

Unusual 1950's eyelash taffeta drop waist cocktail dress with full skirt and cap sleeves. Waist 27". 

Classic and timeless 1930's silk velvet hourglass halter neck evening gown. (sold)

Rare 1950's Frank Usher navy cotton organdy evening gown with rick rack arrows. (sold)

Delicate and ethereal 1920s lace flapper era dress with velvet bows and silk millinery flowers. (sold)

Elegant late 40's New Look era cocktail dress with drop waist and delicately beaded Peter Pan collar. (Sold)

1950s Coral Splendor party dress with sculpted tulle bodice. (sold)

Wonderful 1950s cotton organdy Ceil Chapman party dress, exquisitely embroidered and covered in floral appliqués. (sold)

I adored this 1940's western styled rayon crepe cocktail dress with rose colored sequin collar and cuffs. Look at that draping over the hips! Gorgeous. (sold)

The ultimate in 1960s understated evening elegance. This silk crepe evening gown from Harold's is draped in thick cords of rhinestones. Still available in our Etsy shop. 

The most mauve-u-lous silk 50s party dress with rhinestones and lace appliqué. (sold)

Iconic 1950s rose print party dress in cotton organdy. Being a native of The Rose City, these rose prints are near and dear to my heart. (sold)

One of the most common questions I get asked at Xtabay is "what are you buying?" 
Sometimes I find it hard to put into words exactly what I'm looking for. Often I find it easier to describe what I'm not looking for rather than what I am. For example, I am not looking to buy those fur wraps with the heads on them--ever. Nor am I ever looking to buy an 80s puffy sleeved wedding dress. 
So in response to that question I've compiled a collection of dresses that I've bought (and for the most part already sold) over the last couple months that I feel best exemplify what I'm looking for. These are the pieces that make my heart skip a beat when they come through the door and that best represent Xtabay Style. 
What exactly is Xtabay Style? Well, I've always prided myself in selling pieces that are timeless (meaning they are forever in style), iconic (meaning they best represent the mode of the time period they are from) and exceptionally crafted.  That I suppose is the essence of Xtabay Style. 
If you have anything that you feel qualifies give us a call, we would love to take a look.