It’s party season. Time for a look at gorgeous, romantic vintage evening dresses. From the sexy beaded flapper dresses of the 1920s to the sleek Hollywood gowns of the ’30s and full ballgowns of the ’40s and ’50s, there is a vintage style gown with your name on it this year.
Here are some examples of vintage evening gowns and new vintage inspired evening gowns by decade (and some history too).
1920s Evening Dresses
Formal dresses of the 1920s were known for their exquisite hand beading. These tea length bead and chiffon dresses were floating layers of elegance. The silhouette was straight or with a low drop waist so that the emphasis was all on the intricate beadwork or the drape of the fabric. The iconic flapper dress was a bit shorter and had fringe or beaded tassels, but they were not the mini fringed flapper dresses most costumes have.
For your 1920s formal dress, look for short knee length or mid shin length tea dresses made of silk or chiffon that feature beaded decorations all over, around the neckline, waist or bottom edge. All over beaded dresses are gorgeous, too, although some people feel they may be too “costume” looking. The trend for prom goers this year is to wear a dress with a sparkling beaded or rhinestone bodice and long chiffon, tulle, velvet or satin skirt. The sparkle adds just a touch of the “Great Gatsby” party look without being a flapper costume.
Accessorize your 1920s evening dress with a pair of 1920s Style T-strap shoes, seamed stockings, Art Deco jewelry, and a fringe shawl. For some extra wow!, style your hair into rolls of waves and curls around your neck and pin back to one side with a bead or feather headband. For long hair, a simple chignon or faux bob will look stellar. Add simple 1920s makeup and you will be all set for your party.
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