Flapper Fashion By meredith mahon

The New York Times article "Wild Things" of 1922 listed an attribute of flappers as "She refuses to wear uncomfortable clothes because her grandmother considers them ladylike." This is entirely true because rather than wearing the traditional tight chested loose bottom dress, Flappers went for a "boyish" look. Flappers celebrated flat breasts, little curves, and loose fabrics. The more sparkle and sheer the better was an idea kept when making and/or shopping for new flapper attire.

Another magazine that wrote about Flappers was The Modern Riddle. In the article titled "The Flapper" they stated "She does respect her parents and she obeys them just as well as her grandmother did hers, but she has common sense and she knows when it's time to use her own judgement and exercise her own authority." This shows the "gas" of the 20th century because the flapper was moving forward from conservative beliefs. She advocated for women's rights in many ways. The flapper was not afraid to show skin or talk to boys openly. The flapper changed the fashion world which also changed how people viewed women. However the rise of Flappers also presented a "break" in the 20th century because conservatives viewed them as "unladylike" and were against all things the Flapper presented with the developments in women's rights.

In 1926 a new way of dressing emerged throughout the middle-class; the "flapper fashion." This consisted of women getting short hair cuts, wearing dresses shorter than the traditional ankle length dress, exposing skin, and wearing a plentiful amount of make up.
Flappers would be known to go out and dance to Jazz at night, drink openly during the time of prohibition, and smoke cigarettes. They were carefree as opposed to the elders at the time.
Flapper dresses had hemlines at calf length, dropped waistlines, loose cuts, and were considered to be shift dresses. These dresses showed the women with "boyish" figures because curves were not shown with the dresses being so loose. They were commonly made out of a faux silk called rayon.
The flapper fashion of the time was very different from the fashion of 1910-1920. During that time conservatives traditionally wore hobble skirts down to the ankles with little ruffles. This was casual and presented a more feminine look.
Another popular fashion trend of the time was the Cloche Hat. This is because they had a narrow fit around the head sharply highlighting features. Additionally, they were a great accessory because they were decorated with anything ranging from feathers to sequences.
This is a picture of Clara a very famous flapper of the time. She was known as the "It girl" of the 1920's in Hollywood because of her success with movies, beauty pageants, and her charm.

All in all, the remembrance of the Flapper is that she was not afraid to be herself and break away from traditional standards. Although traditional wear of showing very little skin was still popular during the time, the Flapper fashion took control of the younger generation. Fashion affects how people and view others. This was strongly shown throughout the Flapper community as they were more confident and broke barriers.

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