Roaring Twenties Flapper Fashions for Women
What Real Flappers Wore (continued)
...Refer to the main photo above.
1. The tall, skinny flapper in green is wearing a sleeveless top (untucked) over a pleated skirt. It looks like she either sewed or tied striped fabric over her cloche and tied a long, striped scarf, of the same fabric, around her neck. You could get the same effect as the hat by tying a geometric-patterned scarf around your head.
2. The flapper chick in pink is wearing a sheath over a camisole. It looks like she belted her dress around the hips with a sash and pinned a huge polka-dotted bow to the neckline. I may have drawn her hemline wrong… it was difficult to tell. (And, I’m sorry if she’s your great-great-great granny, but she looks like she has been overindulging in the hooch… lol.)
3. The petite flapper in yellow appears to be wearing a sweater with a band at the bottom (or a sash around it) over a pleated skirt. She has a very long scarf around her neck, held in place with a clip or a buckle.
4. The flapper in blue has a bit more cash because her outfit is terribly chic. She is wearing a dress (or a two-piece dress) with panels of fabric that flare out, exposing an under-skirt. Her necklace looks like fringe that flies around when she dances. And, her hat (which probably matches the dress) looks like it’s embellished with a pleated fan of the same fabric.
Two of the girls are wearing Maryjane shoes with thick, medium-height heels. You can find something similar by looking at dance shoes… ‘cause these babes are dressed for frantic dancing.
Flappers Were Rebels
Yes… we can only imagine how horrified the mothers of these girls must have been when they saw this photo. Just a generation prior, it was shocking to see more than a woman’s ankle, but when these babes kick up their heels, you can see the tops of their stockings as well as their longer-legged knickers. Pass the smelling salts.
If you aren’t skinny or flat chested, you can still wear 1920’s accessories with your T-shirts and jeans or your midi-length dresses. Look for these flapper accessories:
- Shoes: Round-toed Maryjanes and T-straps.
- Hats: Newsboys and cloches. (Larger brimmed hats, with simple styling, were also worn.)
- Jewelry: Art Deco bracelets, pins, and cuffs. Layers of beaded necklaces.
- Handbags: Beaded purses and bags with deco-style metal details.
- Makeup: Kohl-rimmed eyes, red Clara-Bow lips.
Don’t wear these things if you don’t love them, but if you have always had a defiant, rebellious streak, Roaring Twenties flappers (and their accoutrements) are ongoing symbols of liberated women throwing off the restraints of outdated Victorian repression. And… the hats are cute.
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