The earlier the decade the harder it is to find good vintage inspired or reproduction dresses for sale. This is especially true for the 1920’s. Most clothing of this era is found on cheap costume sites which is fine for a one time party but not a great choice for an authentic look and feel.
Real 1920’s inspired evening gowns are covered in beaded patterns, made with rich materials like velvet, silk or chiffon and almost always feature a drop waist. Drop waists literally dropped over the entire decade. Early drop waists hung around the high hip while later dresses came all the way down to the knee. Some dresses didn’t have a waist at all- just one long sheath dress.
Day dresses were made with cotton and other less expensive materials yet still featured the drop waists and embroidery instead of beads. Sashes were used to create the illusion of the waist band over sheath dresses. Colors were light pastels of green, peach, pink and blue for spring with slightly darker shades for fall.
My favorite sites for 1920s dresses for sale online:
Vintage Dancer: Yes that is here. Rather then send you all over the web looking for 1920s dresses I have compiled several pages of 1920s style dresses from multiple online retailers. Talk about one stop shopping!
1920s Style Dresses – My handpicked selection of 1920s style dresses for both formal and casual day wear from around the web all in one place. For longer 1910-1920s inspired Downton Abbey dresses look here.
If you need 1920s style dresses in Plus Sizes this is the page for you.
For 1920s Costume dresses (cheap) see the selection here.
UK shoppers can find some amazing 20s style dresses here.
I also have shopping pages of 1920s style shoes, stockings, hats, headbands, jewelry, shawls and purses to complete your outfit. Start here to shop ALL 1920s style clothing.
More 1920s dress sites:
Unique-Vintage.com carries a line of 1920’s style dresses that are elaborately beaded on sheer netting just like real 1920s dresses. Most if not all of their gowns are copied from original 20’s dresses. They also have all the accessories you need to complete your look.
Wardrobeshop.com – If you need a tea dress or something romantic for a 1920s themed wedding than Wardrobe Shop is one to browse. The Nataya brand has the styling of the late teens to mid 20s.
Another new shop is Wear Dreams are Made. They design their own line of gorgeous beaded dresses as well as carry the popular Nataya band. Similar dresses in Australia can be found at Vintage Now Clothing.
On etsy.com is a talented design who favors simple, elegant day to evening 1920s dress that are NOT beaded. These dresses embrace the classic 20’s dress shape without all the fuss. Look at House of Recollections
Modcloth.com– Collects a handful of cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories for a Gatsby inspired style. Stock is always changing and sells out very quickly!
Nordstrom.com , Macys.com and BlueGala.com carry formal evening gowns that are inspired by the 1920s. Designers Terani, Mignon, Sue Wong, Papell, Pisarro Nights and Mon Cheri are some brands that always seem to carry 1920s inspired gowns. These are great for white tie events, proms, and weddings. See my bests picks at the Formal Dresses page.
www.revampvintage.com – For very authentic 1920’s dresses, skirts and pants look no further than revamp. This company takes original patterns and recreates them in limited runs so that your outfit is almost as rare as the originals. New selections are added often so its worth bookmarking or following on Facebook to see the latest additions.
BlueVelvetVintage- Recently started to carry a few 1920s reproduction beaded dresses as well as the romantic Nataya brand dresses. I am a big fan of this site for other retro repro clothing and now to have 20’s is just icing on the cake!
For even more vintage dress websites look at this list.