The opulent 1920s are a firm favorite Party Theme. Super-glamorous, the decadent flapper girls style is often called on for Birthday Parties, New Years Eve Parties, and Halloween. With the 20's coming around again (the 2020s are so close we can almost feel it!), the Art Deco, Great Gatsby, Speakeasy, Jazz Age, 20's theme is going to be a firm favourite for lot's of parties these next few years.
When preparing your outfit for a 20's Theme Party, there are many accessories and things to consider, but the most important of course is the dress. Below are my picks of the best new season flapper dresses.
For more inspiration, style advice, and full outfits including the headwear, shoes and accessories then do be sure to read my Blog Spot on 20's Flapper Girl Party Outfits.
When choosing your Flapper Dress you can certainly play with colours if you wish. There are Yellow, Pink, and other bright colours available, but the majority of Flapper Girls Dresses of the Jazz Age would have been Gold, Black and White, Green, Navy or Champagne. All would have had beading, tassles possibly (although expensive to produce in the 20's) or sequins and some would have had feathers. The most common hem length by far was just below the knee, certainly in the first half of the decade. For evening wear in the early 20's the dresses would have been long, and at the end of the decade the short thigh length became fashionable / acceptable for the first time ever for a woman (for evening wear only mind - not to go and buy the bread, or do the laundry). If you are wanting to stay faithful and authentic then Art Deco geometric patterns should be chosen, loose (even straight down) on the waist and not too low in the neckline, as this was definitely not acceptable for a lady in the 20's. If you're headed to a 20's Great Gatsby Theme Party in today's world, you can take inspiration alone from the Era, and bend the rules on the neckline and waist.
Dresses were sleeveless, shapeless, long or short slip gowns accented with hundreds of beads, sequins, fringes, and ostrich or peacock feathers.
Black, Navy, Gold or Rich jewel tone embellishments, added to the simplest of gowns, made the ladies look and feel expensive.
To help you find the perfect flapper dress for your party, I've picked loads out for you below, offering a variety to suit a wide range of budgets. Whether you are looking for the Ultimate Designer Dress, or 'Just need a dress', below you should find the perfect flapper dress for you.
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1. "It's the Party of the Century, a really big deal, and will prob be one on many many, so I'll invest in one that should last a lifetime."
Below is a gallery of some luxury 20s vintage inspired dresses I've hunted out for you to splash out on.
2. "I'll probably get good use from it again and again for a few seasons, so don't mind spending a little bit on my dress, but I'll need buy drinks when I get there, so don't leave me broke!!"
Below is a gallery of some vintage inspired dresses, that offer good 'cost per wear' if you are wearing for a few parties, but certainly not as expensive as the aspirational -for most- ones above.
3. "It's a one off Event / Party. Just looking for an outfit that is on theme, but won't cost the earth."
Below is a gallery of some flapper dresses that will fit most peoples budgets. Suitable to wear to a New Years Eve, Halloween, Christmas or Birthday Party with the 1920s Art Deco, Great Gatsby Theme, but won't leave you feeling like you spent all your money on the outfit and can't now afford to buy the Cocktails.
Smell the Jazz Age - 5 Iconic Perfumes from the 20's
Match your perfume to your 20's outfits, be authentic to the era and smell of the Jazz Age. The 20’s were glory days for perfume. Many of the enduring ‘classics’ of today were actually created in the 1920s. Working women had a new self-confidence, and they wanted to express it through perfume, as well as the flapper dresses (and cigarette-smoking…)
In 1921, a very clever designer and businesswoman created a scent that revolutionised the way women smell. Chanel (originally a Milliner) wanted to launch a scent for the new, modern woman she embodied. Almost 100 years later, Chanel No. 5 is still the world’s most iconic fragrance.
In 1925 another blockbuster was launched - Jacques Guerlain’s Shalimar. Shalimar is one of the best selling fragrances ever.
Lanvin Arpege is another famous perfume of the era, still considered one of the worlds most prestigious perfumes. Jeanne Lanvin was a contemporary of Chanel’s, also originally a milliner, both opened their Paris stores in the same decade. Originally made in 1927, Arpege was reformulated in the 1990s, but is still very close to the original.
Molinard Habanita. Created for the en vogue smoking ladies of the 20's. Habanita's has a unique story, as flapper girls put it on cigarettes to surround themselves with clouds of fragrant smoke. In 1921 it still wasn't the case that every girl smoked. This in itself tells you a lot about the sort of girl who used Habanita.
François Coty L'Aimant - For the Flapper Girl on a tight budget. Cheap but with the same top notes of Lanvin Arpege and Chanel No. 5, it's a fragrance authentic to the decade. If just buying to wear for one party, you can buy it in a small 15ml bottle.