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Would You Wear… a Flapper Dress?


Flapper dresses
Photo Credits: Gucci S/S 2012 via, Whitney Port via Pacific Coast News, Dress via Modcloth

With everyone talking about the upcoming movie remake of The Great Gatsby, 1920s style has returned in a big way. Flapper dresses are a hot topic in the party dress circuit this holiday season. Drop-waists, dramatic beading, sultry colors, and layers of jewelry are key elements of the look.

These glam dresses can be flattering and eye-catching on a variety of body types and their usually-modest lengths make them appropriate for multiple occasions. So we say, go for it!  If you need a little more Boardwalk Empire style in your own life, here’s one way to wear this look to a party:

Flapper dress outfit: Red and black beaded dress, tan dress coat, large jeweled earrings, low-heel black mary-jane pumps
Product Information: Dress – Modcloth, Coat – In Dress Me, Shoes – DSW, Earrings – Pier 1

Will you be wearing a flapper dress to a holiday party?

If you don’t like this look, why? If you do like it, how would you wear it? How would you style a flapper dress? Leave a comment below and let us know. 

Posted on on December 18, 2012 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Flapper Dress?”

  1. 1
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my, yes yes yes! Just the other day I was talking about the jewelry styling from the 20s. This definitely needs to happen :D

  2. 2
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    no. not my style

  3. 3
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I LOVE this look, but I’m afraid to wear it since it is usually tailored for slimmer body types. I am pear shaped, so need something less curve-hugging and more flattering. Hopefully this style can be done that way as well.
    Other than that, I love the opulence and glamour of this style!!

  4. 4
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I almost considered buying that blue dress from Modcloth for New Years! While I adore that style, I was kind of worried it might come off too costume-y.

  5. 5
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’ll admit, the style is growing on me.

    To Kati, flapper dresses tend to be more straight-up-and-down, not really curve hugging at all. I’m a pear shape too and I prefer dresses that have a voluminous skirt and a nipped-in waist. But I’ve tried flapper dresses on, and they do work. They actually flatter smaller shoulders and busts. It helps being slim all over, but that has nothing to do with shape.

  6. 6
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    What I mean is that they tend to have a looser fit, not like bodycon dresses. Hope that clarifies.

  7. 7
    December 18th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I would so wear a flapper dress! That Modcloth dress is just gorgeous!

  8. 8
    December 18th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    These are very cute! Not sure if they’d suit me but I may give it a go :D x

  9. 9
    December 18th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I think the flapper dress is nice contrast to the body con dress

  10. 10
    December 18th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    LOVE the ModCloth dress. Very flapper yet very wearable since it doesn’t have the fringe on the bottom. Whitney looks beautiful in the fringe dress, but very few people could pull it off.

  11. 11
    December 18th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Everyone looks great in them on Downton Abbey, but I don’t think it would flatter me at all! I’d better stick to more recent eras!

  12. 12
    December 18th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I LOVE 20′s style. I collect vintage jewelry and recently bought a cloche hat, especially after seeing your post about Zelda Fitzgerald (she’s a huge inspiration for me due to having the same illness anyway)..
    i’m getting off topic. I LOVE flapper dresses! I’d love to see more about how to style these into modern outfits!!

  13. 13
    December 18th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Oh.. and i’d love to see how to properly wear this trend with a larger figure. i’m like a thick hourglass.

  14. 14
    December 18th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I have tried flapper dresses in the past and they tend to make me look dumpy. Unfortunately my large hips and thighs are not suited to their shape. It’s not a matter of curvature either unfortunately, it’s a meer matter of the fact that a dress of this style normally will fit on my shoulders but won’t go over my bum.

  15. 15
    December 18th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    But, alas, I have the wrong body type. It doesn’t really look “flapper” when I wear dresses like that. Gah, I hate having big boobs.

  16. 16
    December 19th, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I absolutely love these dresses, but like a lot of people above me have said, I think they flatter boyish figures more than they do me. :/
    … Also, does anyone else think that dress looks totally like a 20sified version of the evening dress Rose wears in Titanic the first time she meets Jack? O_o

  17. 17
    December 19th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I wish. I have big boobs and a high waist, so flapper dresses look awful on me. But I think they’re pretty.

  18. 18
    December 22nd, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I own that navy Modcloth dress. :) One of the best purchases I have made.

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