These 1940s style prom dresses, formal dresses, and evening gowns are new dresses with plenty of elegant 1940s fashion inspiration. They’re perfect for special occasions with a vintage theme such as a 1940s ball, WWII dance, holiday party swing dance, or Old Hollywood gala. Read the history of formal gowns in the 1940s here.
These 1940s evening dresses, formal gowns, and long party dresses are new but have a classic vintage 1940s style. For an old Hollywood or cocktail party ’40s outfit, consider the shorter 1940s cocktail dress.
1940s Evening Dresses & Formal Gowns
Once you pick out a 1940s evening gown add accessories, shoes and a hairstyle to complement your outfit.
Authentic 1940s evening dresses were long with layers of chiffon hanging down from an empire waist. A matching bolero jacket was sometimes worn over formal dresses.
1940s teenage girls preferred pastel and jewel tone colors for their prom dresses.
Sequins and beads added a bit of sparkle around the waist, bodice, and straps on 1940s party dresses. Many modern formal dresses embrace the classic A-line silhouette made popular in the 1940s. By the late ’40s, the strapless ballgown came into fashion.