1940’s Style Prom Dresses, Formal Dresses, Evening Gowns

1940s prom dresses

1940s Inspired Prom Dress at Unique-Vintage.com

1940’s style prom dresses, formal dresses and evening gowns are new dresses with plenty of 1940’s fashion inspiration. Perfect for special occasions with a vintage theme.

Authentic 1940’s dresses were long with layers of chiffon hanging down from the empire waist. A matching bolero jacket was sometimes worn over the prom dresses. Teenagers preferred pastel and jewel tone colors. Sequins and beads added a bit of sparkle around the waist bodice and straps. Many formal dresses embrace the classic a- line silhouette made popular in the 1940s. Read about the history of formal gowns in the 1940s here. 

For an old Hollywood or inspired 40’s look consider pin up dresses.  These prom dresses create a vintage vixen look that show of curves in the most flattering ways.

Shop these 1940’s style prom dresses:

Modest Cap Sleeve Teal Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Modest Cap Sleeve Teal Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$175.00

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Surplice Jersey Gown
 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Surplice Jersey Gown

$190.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Morrell Maxie 14672 Rosy Pink Flowing Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Morrell Maxie 14672 Rosy Pink Flowing Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$478.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Short Sleeves Beaded Tea Length Mother of the Bride Dress
 

Short Sleeves Beaded Tea Length Mother of the Bride Dress

$74.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Blush Tulle & Lace Bateau Ball Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Blush Tulle & Lace Bateau Ball Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$200.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Black Sequin & Embellished Cap Sleeve Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Black Sequin & Embellished Cap Sleeve Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$245.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Styling Speech Dress in Roses
 

Styling Speech Dress in Roses

$129.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Grape A-line Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress with Sweetheart Neck Off-The-Shoulder Short Sleeves
 

Grape A-line Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress with Sweetheart Neck Off-The-Shoulder Short Sleeves

$129.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Lady Love Song Dress in Black
 

Lady Love Song Dress in Black

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Women's Terani Couture Embellished Bodice Strapless Chiffon Gown
 

Women's Terani Couture Embellished Bodice Strapless Chiffon Gown

$372.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Green & Nude Open Back Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Green & Nude Open Back Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$191.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Preorder - Blush Ruched Sweetheart Strapless Chiffon Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Preorder - Blush Ruched Sweetheart Strapless Chiffon Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$101.00

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Marina Embellished Lace Bodice Gown with Bolero
 

Marina Embellished Lace Bodice Gown with Bolero

$179.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's Terani Couture Embellished Tulle Strapless Ballgown
 

Women's Terani Couture Embellished Tulle Strapless Ballgown

$372.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

1940s Style Black Floral Satin Old Masters Wiggle Dress
 

1940s Style Black Floral Satin Old Masters Wiggle Dress

$78.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Preorder - Mignon VM1459B Ruched Wrap Bodice Peach Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Preorder - Mignon VM1459B Ruched Wrap Bodice Peach Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$558.00

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Pink A-line Applique Chiffon Long Sleeves Mother of the Bride Dress with V-Neck
 

Pink A-line Applique Chiffon Long Sleeves Mother of the Bride Dress with V-Neck

$134.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Quality Silver Chiffon Embroidered A-Line Mother of The Bride Dress
 

Quality Silver Chiffon Embroidered A-Line Mother of The Bride Dress

$141.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Gray V-Neck Half Sleeves Imitated Silk Mother of the Bride Dress
 

Gray V-Neck Half Sleeves Imitated Silk Mother of the Bride Dress

$94.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Chocolate A-line Backless Taffeta Fashion Dress For Mother of the Bride with V-Neck Beading Short Sleeves
 

Chocolate A-line Backless Taffeta Fashion Dress For Mother of the Bride with V-Neck Beading Short Sleeves

$104.94

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Beaded Long Sleeves Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress
 

Beaded Long Sleeves Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress

$94.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Olive Chiffon Modest Dress
 

Olive Chiffon Modest Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Fashion Black A-line Jewel Neck Short Sleeves Fashion Dress For Mother of the Bride
 

Fashion Black A-line Jewel Neck Short Sleeves Fashion Dress For Mother of the Bride

$96.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Stop Staring! 1940s Style Red Rouge Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1940s Style Red Rouge Dress

$124.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Women's Terani Couture Embellished Strapless Chiffon Gown
 

Women's Terani Couture Embellished Strapless Chiffon Gown

$305.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Cool Black Satin Lace A-Line Floor Length Mother of The Bride Dress
 

Cool Black Satin Lace A-Line Floor Length Mother of The Bride Dress

$152.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Black Halter Beaded Chiffon Mother Of Bride And Groom Dress
 

Black Halter Beaded Chiffon Mother Of Bride And Groom Dress

$101.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Silver Sheath V-Neck Ruched Chiffon Dress For Mother of the Bride with 3/4 Length Sleeves
 

Silver Sheath V-Neck Ruched Chiffon Dress For Mother of the Bride with 3/4 Length Sleeves

$149.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Women's Faviana Embroidered Chiffon Gown
 

Women's Faviana Embroidered Chiffon Gown

$398.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Shaping Sage Taffeta Elegant Mother of The Bride Dress
 

Shaping Sage Taffeta Elegant Mother of The Bride Dress

$104.94

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Champagne Sheath Ruched Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress with Sweetheart Neck Strapless Lace-up
 

Champagne Sheath Ruched Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress with Sweetheart Neck Strapless Lace-up

$141.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Green Wrap V-neck Floor Length Taffeta Mother Of Bride And Groom Dress
 

Green Wrap V-neck Floor Length Taffeta Mother Of Bride And Groom Dress

$121.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Dark Green Dress For Mother of the Bride with Sheath Off-The-Shoulder Satin
 

Dark Green Dress For Mother of the Bride with Sheath Off-The-Shoulder Satin

$89.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Royal Blue V-Neck A-line Beading Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress
 

Royal Blue V-Neck A-line Beading Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress

$106.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Black A-line Ruched Long Sleeves Beautiful Fashion Dress For Mother of the Bride
 

Black A-line Ruched Long Sleeves Beautiful Fashion Dress For Mother of the Bride

$134.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Red A-line Ruched Short Sleeves Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress with Off-The-Shoulder
 

Red A-line Ruched Short Sleeves Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress with Off-The-Shoulder

$139.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Lane Bryant Plus Size Retro Glam lace dress by Kiyonna - - Women's Size 1X,2X,3X,4X,0X, Black, Crown jewel
 

Lane Bryant Plus Size Retro Glam lace dress by Kiyonna - - Women's Size 1X,2X,3X,4X,0X, Black, Crown jewel

$168.00

Buy at: Lane Bryant

Vintage Pink Organza Bow Strapless Tea Length Fashion Evening Dress
 

Vintage Pink Organza Bow Strapless Tea Length Fashion Evening Dress

$129.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Stop Staring! 1940s Peacock Blue Love Wiggle Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1940s Peacock Blue Love Wiggle Dress

$166.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1940s Style Red Nellie Wiggle Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1940s Style Red Nellie Wiggle Dress

$100.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Preorder - Silver Crotchet Chiffon Modest Long Dress
 

Preorder - Silver Crotchet Chiffon Modest Long Dress

$156.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Sand Lace V-Neck Modest Long Dress
 

Sand Lace V-Neck Modest Long Dress

$126.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Praslin Plus Size Maxi Dress With Jewel Embellishment - Black
 

Praslin Plus Size Maxi Dress With Jewel Embellishment - Black

$65.00

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

A-line Royal Blue Velvet V-Neck Tea-Length Fashion Cocktail Dress
 

A-line Royal Blue Velvet V-Neck Tea-Length Fashion Cocktail Dress

$139.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

A-line Sweetheart Lace-up Lace Tea-Length Wedding Reception Dress
 

A-line Sweetheart Lace-up Lace Tea-Length Wedding Reception Dress

$179.99

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Junior Women's Mac Duggal 'The Blake' Lace Trim Overlay Ballgown
 

Junior Women's Mac Duggal 'The Blake' Lace Trim Overlay Ballgown

$538.00

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Stop Staring! 1940s Style Ivory Billion Dollar Baby Wiggle Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1940s Style Ivory Billion Dollar Baby Wiggle Dress

$162.00

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Preorder - Amethyst Lace Chiffon Modest Long Dress
 

Preorder - Amethyst Lace Chiffon Modest Long Dress

$156.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Mocha Lace Cap Sleeve Modest Long Dress
 

Mocha Lace Cap Sleeve Modest Long Dress

$132.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Burgundy Beaded Modest Dress
 

Burgundy Beaded Modest Dress

$108.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Silver Lace & Chiffon Modest Gown
 

Silver Lace & Chiffon Modest Gown

$134.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Preorder - Cassandra Stone by Mac Duggal 10020A Elegant Black Lace Corset Nude Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Preorder - Cassandra Stone by Mac Duggal 10020A Elegant Black Lace Corset Nude Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$538.00

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LM by Mignon HY1045 Coral Strapless Peplum Long Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

LM by Mignon HY1045 Coral Strapless Peplum Long Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$278.00

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Preorder - Mignon VM1536 Red Sheer Illusion Low Back Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Preorder - Mignon VM1536 Red Sheer Illusion Low Back Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$358.00

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Madison James 15-169 Pine Green Iridescent Beaded Halter Jersey Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Madison James 15-169 Pine Green Iridescent Beaded Halter Jersey Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$418.00

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Nina Canacci NC-1040 Nude Chiffon & Beaded Bodice Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Nina Canacci NC-1040 Nude Chiffon & Beaded Bodice Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$338.00

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Aqua Sheer Illusion Long Sleeve Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Aqua Sheer Illusion Long Sleeve Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$191.00

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Terani 151P0085 Coral & Nude Intricate Detailed Bodice Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Terani 151P0085 Coral & Nude Intricate Detailed Bodice Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$438.00

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Sydney's Closet SC0784 Purple In the Spotlight Knit Halter Plus Size Dress Prom 2015
 

Sydney's Closet SC0784 Purple In the Spotlight Knit Halter Plus Size Dress Prom 2015

$278.00

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Preorder - Nina Canacci 8047 Sheer Illusion Mint Green Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Preorder - Nina Canacci 8047 Sheer Illusion Mint Green Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$458.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Junior Women's a. drea Twist Front Ballgown
 

Junior Women's a. drea Twist Front Ballgown

$158.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Deep V-neck Long Sleeves Black Dress With Side Vent
 

Deep V-neck Long Sleeves Black Dress With Side Vent

$29.23

Buy at: ChicNova

Black Pleating Dress
 

Black Pleating Dress

$32.93

Buy at: ChicNova

Plus Size Women's MICHAEL Michael Kors Long Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress
 

Plus Size Women's MICHAEL Michael Kors Long Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress

$77.98

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Women's ERIN erin fetherston 'Nathalie' Embellished Chiffon Gown
 

Women's ERIN erin fetherston 'Nathalie' Embellished Chiffon Gown

$355.00

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Women's Eliza J Embellished Lace & Chiffon Gown
 

Women's Eliza J Embellished Lace & Chiffon Gown

$228.00

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Women's Alyce Paris Embellished Strapless Chiffon Gown
 

Women's Alyce Paris Embellished Strapless Chiffon Gown

$398.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Chi Chi London Premium Embroidered Off Shoulder Prom Dress In Longer Length - Teal green
 

Chi Chi London Premium Embroidered Off Shoulder Prom Dress In Longer Length - Teal green

$151.00

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

Women's Tadashi Shoji Asymmetrical Ruched Mesh Gown
 

Women's Tadashi Shoji Asymmetrical Ruched Mesh Gown

$248.00

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Women's Daymor '8031' Ruched Elbow Sleeve Dress
 

Women's Daymor '8031' Ruched Elbow Sleeve Dress

$775.00

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Women's MARC by Marc Jacobs Ruched Fit & Flare Dress
 

Women's MARC by Marc Jacobs Ruched Fit & Flare Dress

$358.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Light Purple V-Neck Ruched Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress
 

Light Purple V-Neck Ruched Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress

$94.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Terani 151P0063 Black Column Open Back Gown 2015 Prom Dresses
 

Terani 151P0063 Black Column Open Back Gown 2015 Prom Dresses

$495.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Women's Alex Evenings Embellished Jersey Gown & Jacket
 

Women's Alex Evenings Embellished Jersey Gown & Jacket

$208.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

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