1920s Style Wedding Dresses

The decadent fashion of the roaring 20s is a rich source of wedding dress inspiration, especially for brides who prefer vintage style wedding gowns with less fluff and more sex appeal. What’s particularly fascinating about this era is its rebellion against the full skirts and corsets of the day, and the exciting androgynous styles that emerged. Hemlines rose, waistlines fell, and busts got flatter, a look that served as the foundation for modern femininity. As the hardships of World War I became more palpable, women turned to beaded flapper frocks and elegant slinky gowns to distract themselves from the gloom that permeated the atmosphere. These 1920s style wedding dresses below are updated with 21st century details while serving a homage to the daring flapper girls that started it all.

Figure-hugging bias cuts and rich embellishments are staples of 1920s dresses. Though you’d be hard-pressed to find a real art deco wedding dress in great condition, this stunning Reem Acra gown is the perfect modern-day compromise.

This mermaid gown by Liancarlo is another gorgeous example of the ornamental, “Anything goes!” style of the roaring 20s.

Drop-waists are a hallmark style of 1920s dresses, and this textured strapless gown by Nicole Miller captures the look quite perfectly.

Girls in nightclubs often made an entrance in sleek column gowns that looked a lot like this one by Amsale.

A delicate lace overlay adds romance to this slinky column gown by Rivini.

Flapper girl may have loved their sleeveless or strapless frocks, but even the most finicky one would have wanted to try this long-sleeved gown by Elizabeth Fillmore, featuring rich floral embellishments and fashion-forward ruched sleeves.

American automobile heiress Frances Dodge wore a knotted crepe dress to her wedding, a look that inspires this dress from Jenny Packham’s spring 2013 collection.

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