34 1920s-Inspired Wedding Dresses Perfect for 2021

Gowns Daisy Buchanan would totally swoon over.
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Anna Hecht
Anna Hecht - The Knot Contributor.
Anna Hecht
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Updated May 19, 2020
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Planning a Gatsby-themed wedding? Then, you have to check out our full list of vintage-inspired 1920s wedding dresses. From cap-sleeves to beaded bodices, pearls, Art Deco patterns, sequins, and scalloped skirts, every one of these 35 gowns incorporates trends from the roaring '20s. If you choose one of the below dresses for your big day, you'll have your wedding guests toasting to the Jazz Age, a time when fashion meant all-things feathers, fringe, and flapper girls.

What Did Brides Wear in the 1920s?

Brides in the 1920s were more willing to take fashion risks on their wedding day than those that came before them. They often experimented with dress lengths and silhouettes — and were totally OK with donning flashy beading, sequins, and sparkle.

Bridal gown trends of the time included, but were not limited to: Looser fits, drop waists, Art Deco patterns, deep-v, cowl, and bateau necklines, and corset-style bodices. Embellishments, such as feathers, fur, or beaded fringe along a gown's bodice and hemline, were also popular.

For accessories, women would sometimes wear a flashy headpiece, such as a wedding veil or cloche-style hat, and it was also common to have a cape covering the shoulders.

What Were Weddings Like in the 1920s?

You best believe weddings in the 1920s were one big party. After all, we are talking about the Jazz Age, a time in our history when lively jazz music (hence, the name "Jazz Age") and flashy dance styles rapidly gained nationwide fame.

A big reason brides would opt for more comfortable fitting dresses is because they wanted to be able to dance and do "The Charleston" all night long.

Weddings during this era were affairs that incorporated all of the fun, fashion, and culture of the '20s.

The Best 1920s Wedding Dresses to Buy Right Now

To help you get started shopping for your big day, we rounded up the best 1920s vintage-inspired wedding dresses that are available for purchase as we spek.

BHLDN Tadashi Shoji Placid gow

A perfectly whimsical wedding gown with ruffled sleeves, lace, and a plunging v-neckline.

BHLDN Tadashi Shoji Placid gown, $650, BHLDN.com

Halston fringe-trimmed dress

The fringe detail on this knee-length wedding dress gives it a major 1920s vibe.

Halston fringe-trimmed dress, $375, Bloomingdales.com

DB Studio beaded matte sequin v-neck sheath dress

A sheath dress that's dripping in hand-beaded details and sequence from head to toe.

DB Studio beaded matte sequin v-neck sheath dress, $500, DavidsBridal.com

Emilia Wickstead Beatrice bow-embellished ruched silk-satin gown

This Emilia Wickstead gown has an understated vibe — but still looks as if it's straight out of the '20s. Play it up with pearl jewelry and a fun vintage-inspired hair accessory.

Emilia Wickstead Beatrice bow-embellished ruched silk-satin gown, $2,215, Net-a-Porter.com

BHLDN Whispers & Echoes Milano gown

Can you say romantic? This dress combines delicate lace with floral embroidery with a sultry open back for the perfect Gatsby-inspired wedding gown.

BHLDN Whispers & Echoes Milano gown, $1,490, BHLDN.com

Temperley London pleated sequined chiffon gown

A halter neck wedding gown with a high neck at the front and an open back that has sophisticated pleats running through the bodice and skirt.

Temperley London pleated sequined chiffon gown, $2,750, Net-a-Porter.com

Y.A.S. wedding lace fishtail dress

If you aren't feeling a stark white dress, you can go for this cream-colored lace dress from Asos.

Y.A.S. wedding lace fishtail dress, $230, Asos.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA ruffled skirt cutout gown

For the ultimate wow factor, consider this stunning bridal gown — which has a ruffled skirt and an elegant cutout just below the bust-line.

BCBGMAXAZRIA ruffled skirt cutout gown, $498, Bloomingdales.com

DB Studio spaghetti strap beaded mini dress with beaded fringe

Inspired by the 1920s, this spaghetti-strap number has beading and a fringe detail along the bottom. If you're a fan of the over-the-top dresses that were often donned by flapper girls, we have a feeling you'll love this one.

DB Studio spaghetti strap beaded mini dress with beaded fringe, $200, DavidsBridal.com

Cushnie cape-effect crepe gown

This "cape-effect" gown by Cushnie has the roaring '20s written all over it.

Cushnie cape-effect crepe gown, $5,295, Net-a-Porter.com

Dress The Population Lola Art Deco sequined dress

This tight-fitting, beaded mini dress has a high neck in the front and a plunging open back. If you aren't feeling a short dress for your ceremony, you can always make this your party dress for the reception.

Dress The Population Lola Art Deco sequined dress, $198, Bloomingdales.com

Torrid ivory chiffon cape sleeve wedding dress

Adding a cape to your gown is one of the chicest ways to achieve a convincing 1920s bridal vibe. This chiffon dress has an attached cape to complete the look.

Torrid ivory chiffon cape sleeve wedding dress, $328, Torrid.com

BHLDN Written in the Stars gown

You'll shimmer and shine in this romantic gown that's made from blush-colored tulle with twinkling sequins embellishments.

BHLDN Written in the Stars gown, $1,495, BHLDN.com

Galina beaded chiffon wedding dress with flounce skirt

A stunning gown — with Art Deco-inspired patterns, matte flat sequins and delicate beading — for a boho take on traditional '20s fashion.

Galina beaded chiffon wedding dress with flounce skirt, $499, DavidsBridal.com

Brandon Maxwell open-back silk-charmeuse halter neck gown

You're sure to turn heads in this sultry, silk gown with a plunging open back.

Brandon Maxwell open-back silk-charmeuse halter neck gown, $3,195, Net-a-Porter.com

ASOS Edition plunge lace wedding dress with pleated skirt

In this short-sleeve lace wedding dress with an open back, you'll feel like a princess on your big day.

ASOS Edition plunge lace wedding dress with pleated skirt, $214, Asos.com

DB Studio beaded sheath v-beck dress

We give you the most elegant, floor-length take on the flapper dress.

DB Studio beaded sheath v-beck dress, $500, DavidsBridal.com

Jump junior's lace-up glitter gown

This gown, with its allover glitter pattern, scalloped design across the bottom, and playful lace-up back, majorly pays homage to The Great Gatsby.

Jump junior's lace-up glitter gown, $129, Macys.com

Torrid ivory mesh faux pearl tea-length wedding dress

This figure-flattering tea-length wedding dress is made in a comfortable mesh fabric and has pearl accents across the bodice to elevate the look.

Torrid ivory mesh faux pearl tea-length wedding dress, $398, Torrid.com

Melissa Sweet hand-beaded lace cap-sleeve tall wedding dress

If you're hosting a Gatsby themed-wedding, you have to at least consider this hand-beaded, cap-sleeve dress, which has over 2,500 beads and 20 different types of sparkling embellishments.

Melissa Sweet hand-beaded lace cap-sleeve tall wedding dress, $999, DavidsBridal.com

BHLDN Catherine Deane Kellyn gown

This retro-inspired tulle gown — which has show-stopping pearl accents and an elegant open back — has an ultra-flattering A-line silhouette.

BHLDN Catherine Deane Kellyn gown, $1,995, BHLDN.com

DB Studio sheath plus-size wedding dress with beaded details

You'll stun guests in this show-stopping sheath gown from David's Bridal.

DB Studio sheath plus-size wedding dress with beaded details, $200, DavidsBridal.com

ASOS Edition wedding floral embroidered dobby mesh flutter-sleve maxi dress

A dreamy floral embroidered gown with romantic flutter sleeves and an open back.

ASOS Edition wedding floral embroidered dobby mesh flutter-sleve maxi dress, $174, Asos.com

Adrianna Papell embellished cape gown

In this hand-beaded mesh gown with a sophisticated floor-length cape, you'll look like 1920s royalty on your wedding day.

Adrianna Papell embellished cape gown, $479, Macys.com

Bronx and Banco catalina bridal gown

Greek goddess meets Gatsby gal in this sparkling metallic bridal gown.

Bronx and Banco catalina bridal gown, $529, Revolve.com

David's Bridal Allover Scroll beaded long sleeve gown

You'll surely turn heads in this long-sleeve beaded bridal gown with an open back.

David's Bridal Allover Scroll beaded long sleeve gown, $500, DavidsBridal.com

Calvin Klein illusion-yoke popover gown

If you're after a more conservative '20s-inspired gown, this number from Calvin Klein is a great option.

Calvin Klein illusion-yoke popover gown, $219, Macys.com

Watters V-neck embroidered trumpet wedding dress

No Gatsby-style wedding is complete without this dreamy floral embroidered frock from Watters.

Watters V-neck embroidered trumpet wedding dress, $1,250, Nordstrom.com

BHLDN Rockland gown

If you're doubting your ability to choose a Gatsby-themed dress, go for an option with cap sleeves. This trend was all the rage during the roaring '20s.

BHLDN Rockland gown, $1,800, BHLDN.com

ASOS Edition embroidered flutter sleeve wedding dress

Another dreamy dress with flutter sleeves with floral appliques sewn throughout the bodice and skirt.

ASOS Edition embroidered flutter sleeve wedding dress, $151, Asos.com

Torrid ivory lace beaded sleeveless mermaid wedding dress

A lace gown that has an elegant bodice with silver-tone and clear beads in floral designs.

Torrid ivory lace beaded sleeveless mermaid wedding dress, $398, Torrid.com

CAMI NYC the issa gown

For the bride who wants a sultry silk gown, you just found the perfect '20s-inspired option.

CAMI NYC the issa gown, $478, Revolve.com

BHLDN Willowby by Watters Nikola gown

If you don't want to be so literal when dressing for your Gatsby-themed wedding, this floral frock from Willowby by Watters has a more modern feel than many of the other 1920s-inspired wedding dresses in this list.

BHLDN Willowby by Watters Nikola gown, $1,495, BHLDN.com

Galina Signature beaded tulle trumpet wedding dress

Last, but definitely not least, we have a beaded tulle number with body-contouring beads and sequins that will shine bright on your wedding day.

Galina Signature beaded tulle trumpet wedding dress, $1,458, DavidsBridal.com

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