Get out on the roaring 20s dance floor in a 1920s flapper dress with beading and sequins that shimmy, shake and shine. The flattering knee length and drop waist 20s flapper dress is easy to wear on all body types. Prices range from the cheap flapper costume dresses (hello Halloween!) to the elaborate Great Gatsby party dress ($100+).
While not authentic to the 20’s, short fringe flapper costumes are always a favorite choice. Sequin flapper dresses are a ’60s does ’20s style, while long beaded gowns reflect the elegance of Old Hollywood movie stars.
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Learn how to dress in an authentic flapper outfit here.
What is a flapper dress called?
A drop waist shift dress is the most iconic 1920s flapper dress. A flapper dress looked like a straight body and a low waistline around the hips. Party flapper dresses were beaded, decorated in sequins, and sometimes had strings of fringe. The abundance of fringe flapper dresses today were not based on reality as the decorations were very expensive in the 1920s.
Most real flapper dresses were simple silk dresses with a drop waist or waist-less body. They were knee length or longer with sleeves and a modest neckline. The beauty was in the rich fabric, minimal but elegantly place decorations, and the loose fit on the body. More about real 1920s flapper dresses.
What is a flapper dress in the 1920s? Why is it called a flapper dress?
Teenage girls and young women who defined traditional women’s roles, who stayed out late dancing, drank alcohol, smoked, did not wear a corset and kissed a lot of boys, were called Flappers. Flappers were the ultimate party girl and as such wore 1920s party dresses to go out dancing.
Flapper dresses were dazzled in expensive glass beads, metal sequins, fringe and sometimes feathers. The movement the dress made would swing with the dance music and the beads would clink and clack drawing attention to the flapper girls.
Not all flapper dresses were decorated with expensive materials. A simple dress with a loose fit ant and a swinging skirt or hemline was enough to make a flapper girl stand out.
What colors were flapper dresses?
Black flapper dresses are the most popular color with white, red, blue, and gold as alternatives. Other popular 1920s dress colors were pink, lilac purple, teal, emerald green, medium blue, hunter green, orange, navy blue, red, bright yellow, and white. The 1920s were a very colorful time in fashion.
What do I wear with a flapper dress?
The most typical accessories to wear with a fun flapper dress is a headband, very long pearl necklace, fur wrap, feather boa or fringe shawl, elbow length long gloves, a beaded purse, long stem cigarette holder, backseam stockings and heeled shoes. Learn more about accessorizing your flapper dress.
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