1920s Evening Gowns & Formal Dresses

Last Updated: December 14th, 2023 by Kerry Wisby (Teacher-BA English Literature, 1920s & Great Gatsby Expert)

Turn on the Elegance with 1920s Evening Dresses & Formal Gowns

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The 1920s era was unique in every way, and that includes clothing styles. During the roaring 20s, women started putting a lot more effort into how they are going to look, especially at formal events.

If you got an invitation to a party, and you need vintage 1920s evening dresses, you’ve come to the right place. We prepared a list of clothing items that will impress you.

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Before you shop for an evening gown, check the selection below to get inspired and learn how to find the perfect outfit!

A Vast Choice of 1920s Long Evening Gowns

It’s hard to imagine a better choice than a long party dress for your upcoming formal event. The trick is in finding the one inspired by the vintage 1920s, but the good news is that a vast selection is available.

If it is summer or you feel like wearing bright colors, how about going with white sequin 1920s evening dresses?

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Fashion experts pinpoint it is all about the material, and chiffon was popular during the roaring 20s. The white sequin dress is elegant, and its length goes all the way down to the floor. It is also sleeveless, which is another reason why it’s suitable for sunny days.

If that doesn’t sound elegant enough, you can choose a floor-long chiffon dress with illusion-like styled sleeves that are see-through.

Chiffon Beading Keyhole 1920s evening dress

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These art deco 1920s evening dresses might feature a V-neck, but you can also go with a round-neck combination. Whichever you choose, don’t forget the accessories. If you acquire a matching handbag, women at the party will be impressed by the outfit.

You can also choose a beaded flapper dress that will feature an A-line style.

Cap-sleeved A-line 1920s evening wear

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Women are familiar with this style since it is tight in the upper body while it allows moving legs freely. That is convenient if you plan on chatting with guests or showing your skills on the dance floor. You can choose any color, but black is timeless (see more stunning 20s Black Flapper Dresses) and fits any era. The beaded bod will ensure that you complement the roaring 20s.

Do you feel like wearing a maxi dress? The good news is that you should find a plus size easily, and the only thing to consider is the desired color. Floral beading was popular in 1920s style evening dresses, so don’t hesitate to go with that motif.

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The lavender color will ensure you send positive energy vibes and seem inviting. That can be important if you are a Gatsby party host since you want to send a message that everyone feels welcome. As long as you choose maxi 1920s evening dresses in light motifs, that is precisely the message you will convey. (See Great Gatsby Upper Class 1920s Fashion here)

A Modern Touch Inspired by 1920s Evening Dresses

You don’t have to stick to the roaring 20s era all the way. It is enough that you have several details that pinpoint you fit the party theme. If you don’t appreciate the 1920s style evening dresses, how about going with a modern outfit inspired by the era?

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It would surprise you how much a vintage dress can fit the preferences of a modern woman. For example, just switching up the colors and choosing navy blue will ensure everything looks different.

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Go Mermaid Style with Your Gatsby Evening Dress!

Do you love wearing mermaid dresses and would like to shop for one for your upcoming Great Gatsby party? Here is the good news – you can’t go wrong with elegant 1920s evening dresses that follow your body shape.

Girls should feel free to choose the favorite color or the one that matches the partner’s outfit. For example, how about a navy blue mermaid dress?

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It is perfect for proms and other formal events, which means it will fit the roaring 20s era. You can’t go wrong with a floor-long cropped dress that will look gracious but also give you the freedom of moving. Additionally, it is only a bit provocative, which means it fits the formal party style while attracting the views of males at the event.

If you don’t appreciate the idea of lace for your dress, an alternative is to pick a sequinned mermaid outfit. Sequins were among the main motifs of the roaring 20s, and they can fit 1920s evening dresses perfectly.

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It will be a win-win situation because you will look sparkly and attractive while perfectly fitting the theme. The importance of accessories should be underlined, so don’t’ forget to shop for a pearl necklace, headband, and even long satin gloves.

As for the 1920s style evening dress, you can pick between different color variations. You can go green and look like a true mermaid, but also combine black and pink or silver.

Pick a Flapper Evening Dress and Dazzle Everyone

If you think about the roaring 20s, two things can come to mind – flappers and gangsters. It is a formal event you are dressing up for, which is why you can’t use a mobster costume. However, a flapper dress can be a smart choice.

Women whose idea of formal involves a long dress should consider a sequined flapper outfit that follows their body curves.

Black and Green 1920s Sequins Flapper Long Dress

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The mixture of black with green works well, and the sequins add the sparkly details the era requires. You might have a floor-long dress, but the V-neck and no sleeves will ensure you look provocative and dazzling.

How About Choosing a Dress with an Extension?

If your Great Gatsby is wearing a tuxedo, it might be time to turn the elegance up a notch. You can do that by picking sequined 1920s evening dresses that are all-black but feature a lace pattern on the bod.

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The dress extension ensures it goes all the way to the floor and also gives you more freedom while moving.

If that is a combination you like, you can find many 1920s evening dresses following that motif. Those looking for a pattern that looks a bit more unique should go with a combination of black and gold on their outfit.

Red and Black 1920s Sequined Long Flapper Dress

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Since the extension is completely black, it will look perfect with accessories like black satin gloves and a handbag. And if you want to resemble a flapper look better, don’t forget a headband, which could feature flowers or feathers.

Here is a similar combination of an art deco dress ideal for any special occasion.

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The carefully chosen premium materials are there to cause heads turning at any party you visit.

Are You Dreaming About Being the Lady in Red?

Who says that 1920s evening dresses can’t allow you to display your charm and sexiness? If you like combinations that show a bit of skin, it is time to shorten that outfit by choosing a fringe flapper dress.

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And don’t worry because you will be in line with the expectations of a formal event. You can always go for black and rely on sequins to pinpoint the elegance. If you need an extra touch of graciousness, shop for black satin gloves and matching heels.

If you got tired of wearing black dresses, how about switching to another color? Can you imagine a better choice than red to emphasize your passionate and fiery personality?

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Feel free to choose a red sequin tulle dress with a V-neck. While its length is short, the straps at the bottom are unique and ensure you don’t show too much.

Ultimately, the choice is up to you. We hope that our selection of dresses is sufficient to pick your favorite, or at least inspire you while shopping for a Great Gatsby party outfit!

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