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Great Gatsby Dresses For a Roaring New Year’s Eve

great gatsby dresses for 1920's theme parties - short sequin dress and gold clutch on pinterestingplans

Today I am partnering with ModCloth to share some Great Gatsby dresses and accessories you’ll need to pull off a fabulous roaring 20’s outfit.

great gatsby dresses for 1920's theme parties - short sequin dress and gold clutch on pinterestingplans

Great Gatsby Dresses

When I was browsing the New Year Eve dresses on ModCloth it was pretty obvious they had a 1920’s party in mind.   I think of ModCloth’s overall aesthetic as somewhat retro so it seemed fitting.  What I love most about ModCloth is that they carry clothes for women of all sizes.   While I am not plus size, I have plenty of friends who are.   I love that I can send them to a retailers who accommodates us all in the same styles.

When I mentioned this outfit to a friend she said she has been to SEVERAL 1920’s (or ’30’s)  theme parties and it was always a struggle finding Great Gatsby dresses.   So here I am – hoping to help some of you out – if you’re looking to channel your inner flapper gal :).

The beaded detailing and tiered fringe pieces ModCloth is selling right now are perfect for a 1920’s/30’s themed event.   Not that you need a theme to wear these types of dresses.   They’re all gorgeous for any New Year’s Eve party.

great gatsby dresses - sequin cocktail dress for 1920's theme party

great gatsby dresses - sequin short dress perfect for a roar 1920's theme party

great gatsby dresses - gold heels for 1920's theme party

great gatsby dresses - sequin cocktail dress for 1920's theme party


I went with this gorgeous sequin sheath dress as the hero piece of my flapper look.   While I really loved this beaded dress I felt the sequin option I am wearing was something I would more likely rewear for future occasions.  The dress I am wearing is really great quality.  I am wearing size small in this dress.  I’d say it fits just a touch small.   I normally wear a size 2 and this fits comfortably snug.

I added gold accessories (shoes and clutch) to glam up the look.   My hope was to style my hair as you see below but my extensions made it difficult because there was just soooooo much hair to tuck under, and I gave up.   You really need an elastic headband to achieve the look I was going for.   You can see from the blooper pic at the end of the post – I had a make-shift version that was a flop.


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Great Gatsby dresses really stand out with retro hairstyles.   Headpieces and jewelry were quite defined in  this era.   If you want to do a tuck and cover like the style above you’ll want an elastic headband such as this one so you don’t end up looking like the girl below who tied a choker around her head.

great gatsby dresses - headbands for a 1920's theme party

Must Have 1920’s Accessories

  • Long Gloves
  • Long Strands of Pearls
  • Headbands/Headpieces
  • Long (fake) cigarette holders

Click the accessories below to shop them:

Retro Shoe Picks

Great Gatsby Dresses Often include

  • beading
  • metallics
  • fringe
  • feathers

Here are my favorite Great Gatsby Dresses from ModCloth

Are you attending any fancy New Year’s Eve or holiday events?  I’m still waiting for an invite where I’ll need a sequin dress 🙂

I so appreciate you stopping by to read.   Whatever you do to celebrate the holiday – be safe and enjoy!!  You can find more holiday dress ideas on my HOLIDAY SHOP page.

Thank you to ModCloth for sponsoring this post.

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  • Jessica
    December 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    haha! hilarious and also gorgeous! You look amazing

    • Rachel
      December 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      thank you Jessica!!!
      happy holidays 🙂

  • Sharon
    December 13, 2017 at 1:47 am

    You look amazing! The last photo made me really laugh, you’re too funny. I love your dress but especially love your shoes, they are classic.

    • Rachel
      December 17, 2017 at 2:31 am

      Thank you Sharon 🙂
      Happy Holidays,