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Flapper costumes are the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas and the hotsy-totsy choice for fun-loving gals with a taste for the high life. Pay homage to everyone’s favorite historical decade — the roaring 1920s — by dancing the Charleston in a red sequined flapper dress.

Women's Flapper Dresses

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Flapper Dresses & Costume Ideas

Flapper Costume Ideas

Flappers were a new breed of young women in the Roaring '20s. They wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, smoking and driving automobiles.

The popular dances were the Charleston and the Fox Trot. They frequented jazz clubs and vaudeville shows. Speakeasies were a common destination, as the new woman of the ‘20s adopted the same carefree attitude toward prohibition as men. Flappers were urban, single, young, middle-class women, and their icons were Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Josephine Baker and flapper diva Zelda Fitzgerald. Sound fun?

Flappers - Choose Your Fashion

  • “Time to drink champagne and dance on the table.”
    - Charleston Cutie
    Charleston Cutie Bio

    Charleston Cutie

    Ooze glamour and cut a rug in this black satin dress, which features plenty of fringe and glittering lace overlay to catch the light while you're vamping it up on the dance floor. The attached belt with matching details and removable rhinestone buckles lends some extra va-va-voom to the ensemble.

  • “Who wants to go to town?”
    - Daisy Buchanan
    Great Gatesby Daisy Bio


    The art deco dress is now easier to assemble than ever. Transform into the beautiful and charming Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby. Show off your charming side with this Great Gatsby Daisy Bluebells Dress. It comes with a purple lace dress, pink chemise and a hip scarf with brooch.

  • “Oh to be a flapper girl in a Gatsby world.”
    - Fashion Flapper
    Fashion Flapper Bio

    Fashion Flapper

    Let her be queen for a day. Then become a bear-cat with sequins, fringe and feathers, plus a gold-sequined headband. Rock some short, bobbed hair. A fire-engine red dress takes this hot number up a notch. With layered fringe and a golden, embroidered neckline, it's sure to garner attention from every fella in town.

  • “So many men, so few who can afford me.”
    - Sophisticated
    Sophisticated Lady Bio

    Sophisticated Lady

    If dancing on tables isn’t your style, you can still embody the Jazz Age with this Sophisticated Lady Flapper Costume. It includes a burgundy velvet dress with an embroidered gold neckline and a sequin scroll design, finished off with a hemline trimmed with sequin fringe. It also features a gold sequin headpiece with an ostrich feather.

Flappers & Gangsters Costume Ideas

Flappers & Gangsters Group Costumes

The dress shape that defined a decade can be summed up as knee-length, dropped waist and sleeveless. Common features of 1920s flapper dresses include beads, sequins, lace, fringes, shiny and shimmery fabric, uneven hemlines and peter-pan collars. If you’re going to recreate the flapper look, you need to get a cloche hat or a headband with a feather. Footwear is important, too, so add some Mary Jane high heels. There were plenty of gangsters and bootleggers around. But they were criminals with style, in striped double-breasted suits and hats. Sometimes even the women had to do the dirty work. It’s all about love and war, fun and decadence, in 1920s style.

Flapper Friend & Couples Costumes

  • Gatsby & Daisy

    Gatsby & Daisy

    Beautiful and mesmerizing, Daisy Buchanan is the symbol of sociability. Then add young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion and obsession for the former debutante. The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age like no other.

  • Flapper & Vintage Hollywood Tuxedo

    Tuxedo & Flapper

    Channel your inner Daisy and Jay from The Great Gatsby. The ‘20s look works well for both men and women because it’s a timeless, classic style that isn’t trendy. The look is clean and polished but fun. Plus, the look makes a man appear handsome and a woman look glamorous.

  • Flapper & Gangster costumes

    Flapper & Gangster

    Prohibition was in full swing, and the Roaring 20s were, well, roaring. These two both have a carefree attitude about prohibition, so a flapper and a gangster are the perfect couple. Marry your styles with pinstripes, fringes and hats. Your characters will be the talk of the party until you decide to blow that pop stand.

  • Boy Flapper Girls

    Flapper Girls

    Fringe accentuates every move you make, and you'll love dancing in these fun fringed dresses from the '20s. You'll want to shimmy and shine all night long in this silver or pink flapper dress for girls. The feathered headpiece just adds to the fun. Don’t forget the all-important feather boa, dahhhling.

Flapper Costume Essential Features

1) Feather Headband

2) Elegant Gloves

3) Fringed Dress

4) Long Beaded Necklaces

5) Long Boa

6) Sassy High Heels

  • Flapper Costume Breakdown
  • Headbands became integral to a flapper’s look and were feathered to invoke mystique. Fanciful and decorative, they were also useful for keeping the flapper’s hair in place while she danced the Charleston! The must-have accessory is a pair of gloves. Long, shoulder-length or elbow-length satin gloves, to be specific. You’ll be puttin’ on the ritz in this black, fully fringed dress with adjustable straps for the perfect fit. Whether you know how to dance the Charleston or not, you’re sure to have a blast in this fringed frock. Long pearl necklaces are the most iconic of all ‘20s jewelry, but long beaded necklaces were equally popular. They had round faceted stones in the art-deco color palette. It didn’t matter if they matched your outfit, as clashing colors were en vogue.Footwear was more visible with the short dresses of the ‘20s, so it became a more important fashion accessory. Many women preferred a feminine look and embraced high-heeled Mary Janes for their ensemble.

Ultimate Costume – Charleston Cutie

1) Feathered Headpiece

2) Black Satin Dress

3) Belt with Rhinestone Buckles

4) Fringed and Lace Overlay

5) Fishnet Stockings

  • Charleston Cutie Ultimate Costume
  • They frequented jazz clubs and vaudeville shows, and speakeasies were a common destination, as the new woman of the ‘20s adopted a carefree attitude toward prohibition. Bring the vibrant spirit of the Roaring 20s to life at your next costume party; you'll be the cat's pajamas while rocking a sultry, sequined dress! Ooze glamour in this black satin dress that features plenty of fringe and glittering lace overlay to catch the light while you’re busting a move on the dance floor. The attached belt with matching details and removable rhinestone buckles lends some extra va-va-voom to the ensemble. The feathered headpiece is essential for flapper style and keeping your bob in place. Fishnet stockings will show off your killer pins and a long strand of pearls are all a flapper needs to be dressed to the nines! It’s all included and you can get it for just a few sawbucks.

Enhance Your Style - Flapper Costume

  • Flapper Dress Enhance Your Style
  • Traditional flapper accessories include long pearl necklaces, a small sequined purse, a cigarette holder and a feather boa. Wearing fishnet stockings also completes the ensemble. Go back in time to the roaring ‘20s, and be sure to go there in roaring red style. Like Daisy from the Great Gatsby, you’ll go crazy for this classic, timeless masterpiece. This Red Flapper Dress is the bee’s knees! Why be a fringe character when you can wear fringe instead! Shake, shimmy and dance the Charleston; the stunning red dress will move as much as you do! The adjustable shoulder straps ensure a proper fit. The Flapper Deluxe Headband is embellished with black sequins, strings of black and white beads, a black feather and a silver ornament. Add the black and white boa, which is made entirely of feathers. And don’t forget the plastic cigarette holder in black with a silver tip and cream-colored mouthpiece. It was considered an essential part of ladies' fashion in the 1920s.