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20 Chic 1930s Cocktail Dresses to Emulate and Wear At Christmas 2021

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Christmas is almost knocking and this year we plan to go all old-world glam sham, bringing back the chic 1930s that once rocked the scene. Is it the makeup? Is it the themed parties? Or the cocktail dresses, that says it all? What about the last one, which holds more importance, while you take a look at other ways to do your 1930s makeup!

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What Defined The 1930s Vintage Style Cocktail Dresses?

Before we go any further to show you more of the vintage style cocktail dresses, understanding a little history and learning about the 1930s fashion would be an apt thing to do. This makes it easier for you to get into the emotional aspect of the 1930s fashion, an era where the depression changed the world of fashion AND FOR GOOD!


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Jean Harlow (Hollywood diva in the 1930s) was the fashion icon in vintage wear! What we saw in the 1920s were the angular and very straight silhouettes and cuts, which accentuated the curves of the beautiful lady. The 1930s saga was a celebration of the female body, her sensuality, her feminine ways, and romanticizing the idea of being a woman overall- flaunting a curvaceous natural waist as well.

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With the 1930s cocktail party dresses, one would notice the hemlines were mostly at the shin or the ankle, with a higher touch given as the 1940s arrived.

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Rayon and not silk was mostly used when the great depression happened, and the 1930s was also known as the GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD and the BIG BANG ERA too.

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It was a time when PYTs and celebs alike flaunted glamorous cocktail party dress ideas galore; silver to metal tones, authentic to vintage and more.

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In Came Madame Vionnet

Madame Vionnet was the pioneer of ‘figure flattering cocktail dresses’, made back in the 1930s. The look was that of ladylike and flowy, made from rayon and silk.

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Sensuous and clinging to the body, the satin gown was a favorite of Ginger Rogers and Carole Lombard, sported well back then.

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Keeping in mind the bodices, they were fitted and had collars quite elaborate- cape like appearance, drapes and ruffles.

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Most gowns had fluffy sleeves, thin belts and peplum tops

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Coming to the end of the of the 1930s, one would notice cocktail party outfit ideas more with V-Necks (quite daring back then), elaborate hip lines and layers of flares as well.

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What To Pair These Lovely Dresses With?

The cocktail dresses are best paired with hats that are decorated with bows or flowers. In addition to that, the look can be achieved with embellished bodices or intricately designed waist lines. Always wear a hat with an angled touch and it should have berets or wide brims.

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When it comes to wearing shoes with the vintage style cocktail dresses, Cuban heels work best, but you could also wear T straps and Mary Janes too! For evening wear, lace-up strappy numbers for the feet in metallic tones are haute! But nothing beats the peep-toe for the feet!

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Hair And Makeup

Hot red lips, flapper girl hair-do of the 1920s into the 1930s and not too shiny makeup for the eyes, but dark kohl rimmed lashes were the norm back then. We leave the rest to you, to add new touches when dolling up wearing chic 1930s cocktail party dresses.

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Have fun!

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