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Don’t you just love retro-looking clothing? What about art deco plus size dresses? Whether it’s embroidered bell-bottom jeans from the 1970s or art deco tea dresses from the 1920s, it’s all about vintage fashions in the 2020s, and I’m so glad that it’s come back into style.
Actually, I don’t think that art deco dresses ever really went out of style, they simply were ignored by other “louder” fashion styles.
I know that it can be particularly difficult to find art deco clothing in plus sizes (check out plus size ganster costumes for women ), but I’ve done some searching. They are out there- it just takes some time to find them.
You can save yourself a lot of time by checking out the best plus-sized art deco and flapper dress styles in this article.
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What Is an Art Deco Dress?
For those of you who might not be familiar with this term, a dress would be considered art deco if:
- The dress is made of a flowing, silk fabric in a bold color, such as black, rose gold, silver, or red. The fabric may be patterned with geometric shapes or stylized flowers.
- The dress has a simple, streamlined silhouette. The waist is dropped and the hemline is short, just above or just below the knee.
- The dress is decorated with geometric beading or sequins. The embellishments may be arranged in a symmetrical pattern or in a more random fashion.
- The dress may have a cowl neck or a deep V-neckline. Tops may either have short, capped, or long sleeves.
Here are some additional characteristics of Art Deco dresses from the 1920s:
- They were often made of synthetic fabrics, such as rayon or Bakelite.
- They featured geometric patterns, such as zigzags, triangles, and circles.
- They were often decorated with metalwork, such as beads, sequins, and studs.
- They were typically sleeveless or had short sleeves, but long sleeves were often seen, too.
- They had a dropped waist and a short hemline.
Art Deco dresses were a symbol of the modern woman in the 1920s. They were stylish and elegant, and this fashion was a way to display the era’s fascination with geometric shapes and bold colors.
Art Deco was considered the inspiration for many of the flapper dresses and gowns of the 1920s.
Now that we know what they are, let’s take a look at some of the best styles.
Plus Size Beaded Art Deco Dresses
Remember the scene in Titanic where Rose is about to throw herself off the back of the ship? Remember all those beads clinking against the railing? That dress was pure art deco, and I absolutely loved it!
If you are looking for an art deco dress that has lots of beads, you should consider something like this.
I think this dress would be a real show-stopper no matter what type of event you wore it to!
If you loved the beaded dress that Rose wore in Titanic, this one is very similar.
It’s a bit shorter than what Rose wore but nearly identical, even the color. You will definitely make the best dress list when you wear this number!
For those of you who want something with a bit longer hem, this beaded dress will be sure to knock ’em dead.
Don’t you just love the sheer sleeves?!
I know some girls want to rock the house, and in this gorgeous dress, you will turn heads everywhere.
Don’t forget to add the accessories that make these dresses super vintage, such as a headband,
art deco earrings,
and a bracelet
or a necklace
Beaded art deco dresses are always in style, and these gorgeous flapper designs will make you feel so elegant!
Plus Sized Long and Maxi Art Deco Dresses
I know that most dresses you have looked at are on the short side, and this is because of the appeal that many have for flapper dresses. But what if you are attending a wedding, or if you need a longer dress for a more formal occasion?
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
While short dresses were all the rage, that didn’t mean that women in the Roaring 20s didn’t need long dresses for some occasions. Think Hollywood Red Carpet style and you’ll be in the right mind set.
One look at this beauty and you’ll be screaming, “Yes! That’s the one!”
I’m in love with the bolero jacket that comes with this dress!
Mermaid-styled hemlines were all the rage in the 1920s so you’ll find that this dress is not only elegant but also super vintage looking. The fringed sleeves are to die for!
Robe dresses, which do look like a bathrobe from a distance, were also quite stylish.
You can dress this one up or down and, with that deep scoop neckline, be sure to add lots of pearl necklaces.
For elegance plus, check out this beauty.
I can’t remember when I have seen a more gorgeous art deco dress! You even get the shawl, which is super Roaring 20s cool!
Bridesmaid dresses did you say? Coming right up!
Art Deco Plus Size Bridesmaid Dresses
It’s the hottest wedding look this year (and probably for the next decade!) Art Deco, 1920s wedding themes.
If you’re looking for plus-sized bridesmaid dresses, I’ve found them for you!
This gorgeous dress comes in two colors, and either one would be stunning alongside your white bridal dress.
If you’re not afraid to break the mold, you could go with this dress for your bridesmaids
No one will be expecting this style, that’s for certain!
Want class and not trash?
This dress comes in oodles of colors, and I like the white one so much that I might wear this one as my wedding dress and have all my bridesmaids in navy.
One final suggestion:
I love the backless design! Now it only has three colors, but this dress is drop-dead beautiful!
If you do pick one of these for your wedding, I hope you invite me or at least drop me a few pictures!
Art Deco Plus Sized Fringe Dresses
Nothing will make you get up and shake your shimmy like lots of fringe!
Dresses with fringe are so much fun, it’s not surprising that they are coming back in style!
Looking for something sequin-y but with lots of fringe for a hem?
This dress simply screams “FUN!” and I wish it came in more colors!
If you want art deco heaven combined with fringe galore, you’ll love this number.
I’m crazy about those sleeves and the fringed hem is super long for super swing!
Want even more fringe? Check out this beauty!
I love the bright gold geometric design on this dress!
More Colors? Did someone say more color? Give the people what they want!
This dress comes in more colors than you can shake a martini at AND it’s loaded with sequins and fringe!
Last- if you know how to dance The Shimmy, you’ll want something straight out of The Great Gatsby.
This dress has layers of fringe so you can shake your melons to your heart’s content!
There are so many beautiful art deco dresses that I would be hard-pressed to choose just one so I won’t. I’m going to be picking up several different styles so I can get my Gatsby on!
Before You Go….
If you are looking for a unique and stylish dress, then an Art Deco dress from the 1920s is a great option. These dresses are sure to turn heads and make you feel confident, feminine, stylish, and glamorous.
Written by Kerry Wisby – GatsbyFlapperGirl.com
Owner & Founder of GatsbyFlapperGirl.com
Kerry Wisby, a former teacher with a BA in English, is the founder of GatsbyFlapperGirl.com. With a passion for all things 1920s, including The Great Gatsby novel, her website is the ultimate source for Roaring Twenties fashion, history, and party ideas. Read more about Kerry here.