This Is the Vintage Fashion Trend We Just Can't Let Go Of

Yes, 1920s style is one trend that never seems to fade. Whether it’s the glitz and glamour of embellished flapper dresses or the impact of a dropped waist, the key looks of the era have endured for decades. Naturally, it’s the sequins, fringing and Art Deco embellishments of Great Gatsby style that have become the ultimate symbol of ’20s razzle-dazzle. (Who doesn’t love a bit of vintage party sparkle, right?)

But if you’re keen to dig deeper into the trends of the time, it’s worth looking to Coco Chanel’s fluted hemlines or the introduction of then-daring bias cuts by French couturier Madeleine Vionnet. Asymmetrical finishes, graphic shapes and statement hosiery were all the rage, too, while plenty of velvet came courtesy of Elsa Schiaparelli. Keen to travel back in time? Keep scrolling to see inspiration from A-listers, plus our pick of the best ’20s-inspired dresses from,, Topshop and more.

Sarah Jessica Parker
1920s dresses:  Sarah Jessica Parker


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We can always rely on SJP to nail vintage trends without venturing into costume territory. 

Solange Knowles
1920s dresses: Solange Knowles


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A modern take on the ’20s dropped waist and fluted hem.

Ada Kokosar
1920s dresses:  Ada Kokosar


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Layering separates is an easy way to recreate the dropped waist—just add a midi skirt with pleating or fringing.

Evan Rachel Wood
1920s dresses: Evan Rachel Wood


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Gold on black with graphic Art Deco detailing, plus a whole load of sequins and fringing? This look ticks all the flapper boxes.

Tamu McPherson
1920s dresses: Tamu McPherson


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Draped faux fur, ruched details finished with pearls, pleated skirts and statement tights—the ’20s nailed with a modern spin. We particularly like the cloche-hat effect of Tamu’s beanie.

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There you have it—all the sartorial inspiration you need to time-travel back to the ’20s.

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