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:

Kay Unger New York Full Skirt Lace Combination Gown in Teal
 

Kay Unger New York Full Skirt Lace Combination Gown in Teal

$237.00

Buy at: CoutureCandy.com

Mignon Spring 2014 Dresses - Pink Asymmetrical One Shoulder Evening Gown
 

Mignon Spring 2014 Dresses - Pink Asymmetrical One Shoulder Evening Gown

$198.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1940s Style Black Satin Scoop Neck Rosa Wiggle Dress
 

1940s Style Black Satin Scoop Neck Rosa Wiggle Dress

$72.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Night Moves by Allure - Black Chiffon Open Back Prom Dress Prom 2015
 

Night Moves by Allure - Black Chiffon Open Back Prom Dress Prom 2015

$248.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Mignon 2013 Fall Dresses - Quartz Embellished Draped Gown
 

Mignon 2013 Fall Dresses - Quartz Embellished Draped Gown

$498.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1940s Style Champagne Metallic Alexis One Shoulder Wiggle Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1940s Style Champagne Metallic Alexis One Shoulder Wiggle Dress

$91.50

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Lauren Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Surplice Jersey Gown
 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Surplice Jersey Gown

$164.90

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Beaded Bodice Gown With Matching Bolero
 

Beaded Bodice Gown With Matching Bolero

$158.00

Buy at: Bluegala.com and alight.com

Tea Length V-Neck Dress With Embellished Waist
 

Tea Length V-Neck Dress With Embellished Waist

$119.99

Buy at: Bluegala.com and alight.com

Short Sleeves Beaded Tea Length Mother of the Bride Dress
 

Short Sleeves Beaded Tea Length Mother of the Bride Dress

$69.99

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

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

1940s Style Metallic Silver Liliann Peplum Fitted Wiggle Dress
 

1940s Style Metallic Silver Liliann Peplum Fitted Wiggle Dress

$158.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

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

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

Absolute Powerhouse Dress
 

Absolute Powerhouse Dress

$129.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Navy Blue Fitted Satin Jami Halter Wiggle Dress
 

Navy Blue Fitted Satin Jami Halter Wiggle Dress

$49.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Graceful Garden Gathering Dress
 

Graceful Garden Gathering Dress

$31.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Styling Speech Dress in Roses
 

Styling Speech Dress in Roses

$129.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Stop Staring! Mad Men Black Pleated Bodice Cap Sleeve Wiggle Dress
 

Stop Staring! Mad Men Black Pleated Bodice Cap Sleeve Wiggle Dress

$154.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1940s Stye Red Havana Wiggle Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1940s Stye Red Havana Wiggle Dress

$50.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

ApC)ritif Tasting Dress
 

ApC)ritif Tasting Dress

$179.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Yasmine Plus Size Gowns in Black
 

Yasmine Plus Size Gowns in Black

$178.00

Buy at: igigi.com

Preorder - Silver Crotchet Chiffon Modest Long Dress
 

Preorder - Silver Crotchet Chiffon Modest Long Dress

$156.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1940s Style Ivory Satin Scoop Neck Rosa Wiggle Dress
 

1940s Style Ivory Satin Scoop Neck Rosa Wiggle Dress

$25.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

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

Plus Size Empire Waisted Sequin Evening Gown
 

Plus Size Empire Waisted Sequin Evening Gown

$348.00

Buy at: Bluegala.com and alight.com

Shimmering Prom Gown
 

Shimmering Prom Gown

$338.00

Buy at: Bluegala.com and alight.com

Donna Mizani Side Tie Gown in Scarlet
 

Donna Mizani Side Tie Gown in Scarlet

$116.00

Buy at: CoutureCandy.com

Donna Mizani Side Tie Gown in Monaco Blue
 

Donna Mizani Side Tie Gown in Monaco Blue

$110.00

Buy at: CoutureCandy.com

Alex Evening Sequin Lace Empire Waist Gown with Bolero
 

Alex Evening Sequin Lace Empire Waist Gown with Bolero

$198.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Marina Embellished Lace Bodice Gown with Bolero
 

Marina Embellished Lace Bodice Gown with Bolero

$179.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Long Gold Ball Gown with Sheer Bolero
 

Long Gold Ball Gown with Sheer Bolero

$218.00

Buy at: Bluegala.com and alight.com

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

$129.99

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

$139.99

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

$89.99

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

$121.48

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

Beaded Long Sleeves Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress
 

Beaded Long Sleeves Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress

$89.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

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

$89.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

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

$129.99

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

$99.99

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

Shaping Sage Taffeta Elegant Mother of The Bride Dress
 

Shaping Sage Taffeta Elegant Mother of The Bride Dress

$121.48

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

$139.99

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

$99.99

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

$99.99

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

$129.99

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

A-line V-neck Knee-length Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress
 

A-line V-neck Knee-length Taffeta Mother of the Bride Dress

$89.99

Buy at: LightInTheBox

Sheath/Column Floor-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress(52014)
 

Sheath/Column Floor-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress(52014)

$99.99

Buy at: LightInTheBox

Sheath/Column Strapless Floor-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress With A Wrap
 

Sheath/Column Strapless Floor-length Chiffon Mother of the Bride Dress With A Wrap

$99.99

Buy at: LightInTheBox

Navy Ruched Crossover Cold Shoulder Long Gown Prom 2015
 

Navy Ruched Crossover Cold Shoulder Long Gown Prom 2015

$118.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Fall 2014 Mignon Antique Ivory Long Sleeve V-Neck Chiffon Gown
 

Fall 2014 Mignon Antique Ivory Long Sleeve V-Neck Chiffon Gown

$598.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Fall 2014 Mignon Black Long Sleeve V-Neck Gown
 

Fall 2014 Mignon Black Long Sleeve V-Neck Gown

$518.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Fall 2014 Mignon Quartz Pleated Chiffon Evening Gown
 

Fall 2014 Mignon Quartz Pleated Chiffon Evening Gown

$718.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Mignon Spring 2014 - Face Powder Side Swept Cap Sleeve Prom Dress
 

Mignon Spring 2014 - Face Powder Side Swept Cap Sleeve Prom Dress

$458.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Mignon Spring 2014 Dresses - Blush Ruched Embellished Cap Sleeve Prom Dress
 

Mignon Spring 2014 Dresses - Blush Ruched Embellished Cap Sleeve Prom Dress

$298.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Mignon Spring 2014 Dresses - Sky Blue Beaded Striped Cap Sleeve Prom Dress
 

Mignon Spring 2014 Dresses - Sky Blue Beaded Striped Cap Sleeve Prom Dress

$538.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Mignon Spring 2014 - Powder Pink 1930s Style Grecian Beaded Elegant Prom Dress
 

Mignon Spring 2014 - Powder Pink 1930s Style Grecian Beaded Elegant Prom Dress

$598.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Black Beaded Lace Mesh Cap Sleeve Long Dress Prom 2015
 

Black Beaded Lace Mesh Cap Sleeve Long Dress Prom 2015

$200.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Black Lace & Chiffon Cap Sleeve Gown Prom 2015
 

Black Lace & Chiffon Cap Sleeve Gown Prom 2015

$98.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Navy Chiffon Floral Cap Sleeve Gown Prom 2015
 

Navy Chiffon Floral Cap Sleeve Gown Prom 2015

$200.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Navy Beaded Lace Open Sleeved Long Dress Prom 2015
 

Navy Beaded Lace Open Sleeved Long Dress Prom 2015

$178.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Some Kinda Wonderful Dress in Sky
 

Some Kinda Wonderful Dress in Sky

$194.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Love Every Moment Dress
 

Love Every Moment Dress

$34.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Black Sequin Beaded Gathered Dress Prom 2015
 

Black Sequin Beaded Gathered Dress Prom 2015

$98.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Plus Size Turn It Up Dress
 

Plus Size Turn It Up Dress

$329.00

Buy at: Bluegala.com and alight.com

Unique Vintage Black & White Polka Dot Dorothy Wiggle Dress
 

Unique Vintage Black & White Polka Dot Dorothy Wiggle Dress

$83.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Plus Size Black & Navy Valentina Illusion Wiggle Dress
 

Plus Size Black & Navy Valentina Illusion Wiggle Dress

$95.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Sue Wong A-Line Embroidered Dress in Black/ Nude
 

Sue Wong A-Line Embroidered Dress in Black/ Nude

$79.00

Buy at: CoutureCandy.com

Alex Evenings A Line Dress with Beaded Neckline - BLACK - 16
 

Alex Evenings A Line Dress with Beaded Neckline - BLACK - 16

$155.35

Buy at: Hudson's Bay

Alex Evenings Embellished Keyhole Detail A-Line Gown (Plus Size)
 

Alex Evenings Embellished Keyhole Detail A-Line Gown (Plus Size)

$180.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Long Chiffon and Jersey Dress with Bolero
 

Long Chiffon and Jersey Dress with Bolero

$198.00

Buy at: Bluegala.com and alight.com

ASTR Jacquard Full Midi Dress
 

ASTR Jacquard Full Midi Dress

$88.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

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

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