With prom season just around the corner, I am starting to see some trends happening on my Pinterest boards. The biggest prom theme trend is the 1920s theme. No doubt inspired by the Great Gatsby movie, this year’s new selection of prom dresses have beading and sequins in party worthy colors. Popular 1920s prom dresses are not the authentic 20s style dresses I usually feature on VintageDancer, instead they are brighter, more dramatic, sexier, and classic prom gowns. They are the perfect mix of contemporary taste and a 1920s sense of formal glamour.
Let us take a look at ten 1920s prom dresses getting the most love on Pinterest:
- This article was written in 2014 so many of the dresses are out of stock, however, scroll down or click here for currently available 1920s gowns.
The Sparkle All Night 1920s Prom Dress
This stunning all peachy gown by Mac Duggal had an explosion of sequins and rhinestones all over the bodice and cascading down the skirt. It is a dress that would fit perfectly into one of Great Gatsby’s parties. I would wear this in a heartbeat and so would most Pinners.
The Lace 1920s Formal Dress
Lace dresses have been the talk of the town this year. Mixing lace, chiffon, tulle, and some bling brings an “old” materiel to life again. Lace 1920s prom dresses are classy and sophisticated. They also can be more affordable than an all beaded gown. The little bits of sparkle on this lace mermaid gown is all it needs for a Great Gatsby prom theme. $302
The Diamonds are Girl’s Best Friend Evening Dress
The best sparkle of all has to be diamonds, right? Well that would be a priceless gown but a silver bead or sequin gown has all the sparkle of diamonds at a more affordable price tag. This Faviana gown is stunning and very much in the 1920’s style. $398.
The White is not for Weddings Great Gatsby Prom Dress
A white dress doesn’t have to mean it is a wedding dress. With sparkle and a hint of Art Deco design white dresses have found a new place in 2014 proms. Just search Pinterest for prom dresses and you will see the most loved dresses are all white, off white, silver or other light colors. White is the new black! While many prom goers don’t want to wear a 20’s costume, when dressed up with the right accessories this Flapper dress can look 21st century gorgeous. $282
The Daring Short Flapper 1920s Cocktail Dresses
Flappers were know for causing media scandal when they dressed in “short” dresses in the 1920’s. Short dresses today would have been obseen in the 20’s. Luckily they are on trend and just as glamorus as long prom gowns. This sexy little prom dress has a stunning sequin design. Made by Mignon, my favorite formal dress designer. $498
The Classic Sweetheart 1920s Style Prom Dress
The Sweetheart strapless dress has been and will probably always be a classic formal dress. Classics can be updated and in this case with a beaded bodice for a dash of Great Gatsby prom inspiration. It has just enough sparkle to fit the 20’s theme and with a full skirt that flatters all body types. You can’t go wrong with a prom classic! $216
The Elegant 1920s Evening Dresses
White there are plenty of colorful 1920’s style prom dresses available I still see the trend for everyone’s favorite formal color: black. Coco Chanel, top designer in the 1920’s, is given credit for first making a simple black dress the new trendy style to wear. Black velvet, silk satin and chiffon were the most common evening fabrics in the 1920’s. This Black satin gown with sheer crystal neckline and detail is so elegant! And the slit in the leg… just a taste of the scandalous side of the 1920’s. $268 Jovani is another premium designer with similar gowns.
The Sexy Prom Dress
For even more Great Gatsby scandal, show off more skin! The open back on the dress is a signature style of 1920s fashion. Since cleavage was too daring in the 20’s designers revealed open backs to tempt and tease from behind. I love the side cutouts on the Jasz Couture dress t0o. For an extra bit of 20’s flair wear you long necklace draped backwards (around the front neck and hanging down your open back.) $338
The Modest 1920s Prom Dress
Think all 20’s dresses were skin flaunting and flashy? Think again. Most 1920’s formal gowns were long, elegant, and simple. Long sleeves were popular on evening dresses as well as shorter “flutter” sleeves in the late 1920’s. This adorable Dusty Rose dress has flutter sleeves and a natural (not drop) waist which is more flattering on fuller body types. It looks like it could walk off the set of the Titanic movie too. $128 up to 4XL.
The $100 of Less 1920s Prom Dress
For the budget shopper, sacrificing 1920’s style in not an option. Luckily it doesn’t have to be. Typically longer gowns with more bling on them will be more expensive. Shorter dresses or long gowns with only small clusters of sparkle like this gold gown can be found for less than $100. You can always add more spake to a dress with your jewelry. My own prom gown was similar to this one and I added rhinestones to the waist and strap for more “wow”. This Shimmering taffeta gown comes in several colors and sizes up to 6XL for only $66!
What is your favorite 1920s Prom dress?
Look, pin, and share you favorite 1920’s style prom dress to Pinterest with #vintagedancer. There are hundreds more dresses to choose from here or below. Pin your favorites and help your fellow prom goers find the perfect dress this year.