PARTY QUEEN / Feb 29, 2024


You've been invited to a Great Gatsby-themed party and you're totally pumped. Only problem is, you have no idea what to wear. What does a Gatsby themed outfit look like, anyway? Well, don't sweat it! This article has you covered with five fabulous flapper-inspired outfits that are sure to make you the cat's pajamas at any roaring ‘20s shindig!

Find Your Gatsby Theme Outfit: 5 Dazzling Options

We asked our style experts to handpick their favorite Great Gatsby theme outfits. Below, find five expert-recommended styles that capture the sparkle and luxury of the Roaring Twenties. Expect gold, silver, sequins, beads, feathers, and more!

1. Red and gold mermaid dress with rhinestones

A red dress dripping in gold rhinestones? Yes, this looks like a Gatsby themed outfit to us! Both gold and red are very popular colors for ‘20s-inspired outfits because they're eye-catching and glamorous.

Most Gatsby theme dresses will feature sparkly embellishments, such as beads, sequins, glitter, jewels, or rhinestones.

And as you can see in this dress, the rhinestone patterns also accentuate an hourglass shape. Who can say no to that?!

Styling tip: When it comes to your Gatsby themed outfit, there's no such thing as too much gold! Complete this look with a gold-embellished clutch and shoulder-grazing earrings.

Mesh Sweetheart A-Line Long Dress with Rhinestones

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2. Black and nude trumpet dress with embellishments

If you like the Great Gatsby themed outfit above you'll adore this dress option too. Similarly, it brings sparkling embellishments and flattering designs, which is a winning combo, if you ask us!

Black is one of the most common colors for Great Gatsby themed outfits, and there's a good reason for it. Before the 1920s, people avoided wearing black because it was associated with mourning and death. However, in 1926, Coco Chanel released a short black dress in Vogue, and the color immediately became popular. People realized it's so flattering and versatile—and shouldn't just be worn at funerals.

This dress also features cap sleeves, which was a popular sleeve style during this era. Cap sleeves emphasize an hourglass shape. Paired with the bead designs, this number gives you gorgeous curves for days!

Styling tip: Curl your hair and sweep it to the side for a chic 1920s-inspired vibe. Or, if you want to create an authentic look, try your hand at finger waves.

V-Neck Floor Length Dress with Rhinestone on Stripe

Get the look: GL2053 V-Neck Floor Length Dress with Rhinestone on Stripe

3. Navy and champagne mermaid dress with beads

Another sleek Gatsby themed outfit is this navy and champagne dress.

The bead designs are more subtle than the other styles we showed you, but they're just as stunning—and flattering! The sparkly beads gather at the waistline and flow vertically down the body, emphasizing a small waist and elongating your legs. The waistline is adorned with jewels, which further accentuates your hourglass shape.

Higher necklines were very common during the 1920s and this dress offers a modern take: a sheer crew neckline! It's sexy, and at the same time, it provides the coverage that you need.

Styling tip:With a high neckline, we recommend styling your hair in an updo. Chignons are a popular Gatsby-inspired hairstyle so put your hair up and channel your inner flapper girl!

Jewel and Beads Embellished Tulle Mermaid Long Dress

Get the look: GL2555 Jewel and Beads Embellished Tulle Mermaid Long Dress

4. Gold mermaid dress with feathers and sequins

Of course, we have to show you an all-gold Gatsby themed outfit—because what could be more luxe than that?

We love that this gold mermaid dress pulls out all the stops with feathers, glitter, and sequins! You already know that glitter and sequins are typical of Great Gatsby-inspired dresses. But feathers are another detail that sets this fashion era apart.

If you research Gatsby outfits, you'll likely see feathered headbands. Feathers on the shoulders and skirt are a modern take on this classic flapper accessory.

Styling tip: Long gold gloves would be an ultra-chic addition to your outfit. Add a traditional feathered headband if you want to embrace the feather details!

Feather Embellished Sleeveless Mesh Prom Dress

Get the look: GL1983 Feather Embellished Sleeveless Glitter Mesh Prom Dress w/ Sheer Back

5. Black and gold mermaid dress with sequins

Head-to-toe sequins are a very popular choice for 1920s parties. Here, the gold sequins at the bottom of the dress mimic the look of fringe, which is a staple in flapper dresses.

Plunging necklines and form-fitting silhouettes were also very common during the ‘20s, and this dress offers exactly that. It has an illusion V-neck, which means there's a mesh layer for added security. Dance the evening away stress-free!

Styling tip: Embrace the classic flapper look by adding traditional accessories, like a long beaded necklace and a sequin headband.

V-Neck Full Sequin Spaghetti Strap Long Dress

Get the look: GL2899 Illusion V-Neck Full Sequin Spaghetti Strap Long Dress

Find Dresses for All Types of Parties

Today, you're looking for a Gatsby themed outfit. What will tomorrow's party theme be? Find inspiration for all types of occasions in the blogs below—from garden parties to discos and more! You can also explore the full GLS catalog for more options.

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