I finally have a moment to slow down and write a proper post. This weekend, I was in NYC visiting fam and friends and on Sunday, Linde and I got a chance to hang out which was absolutely wonderful. I definitely miss being closer to my friends but hopefully that will be changing soon. Anyway- Linde asked me what my favorite decade for fashion was and I didn’t readily have an answer. But I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
I’ve decided that this week, I’m going to go through different decades and pick out the styles that I love and feel like have influenced me. The style icon that I’ve chosen to represent the 1920s is Luise Brooks, a well known and revered silent film star. Her short hair and fringed bangs are iconic symbols of the ’20s flapper styles.
In the 1920s the term flapper referred to women who wore both their hair and skirts in shorter styles. A Flapper girl was one that was interested in Jazz and had little interest in behaving “appropriately”. They challenged gender expectations and chose to wear heavy makeup, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, drive cars and ride bicycles, and talk about sex in a casual manner. Of course not ever flapper girl behaved the same way- this was simply the stereotype of one. In the United States’ prohibition era, the flapper girl was considered to be in opposition to American values.
Definitive characteristics of 1920s dress:
- short hair
- dark, kohl rimmed eyes
- red lips
- tans became popular after Coco Chanel got one while on vacation
- shorter hem lines, just above the knee by 1927
- high heels
- no more stiff corsets that added curves, more flexible corsets that flattened the body and made breasts look flatter
- dropped waist lines
The flapper era came to an end when around the time of the stock market crash and the Great Depression. Economic hardship made the flapper lifestyle of decadence hard to maintain and as the US became more conservative and religious, clothing once again became more modest.