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Flappers: 1920's Fashion

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Annie Coomber

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Flappers: 1920's Fashion By: Annie, Erika, Maura and Shaima The Origin of Flappers The flapper look was a response to the 1st world war. Many young women worked as nurses overseas during World War I. Out of practicality, they had to wear simple dresses. The nurses also needed to crop their hair so that it wouldn't get in the way. When these girls returned home, their hair didn't grow out right away and they didn't want to return to dresses that restricted their activities. These girls became the first flappers. What is a Flapper? Men's Fashion How Flappers Relate to "The Great Gatsby" Bibliography Instead of curvy being the ideal figure, flappers wanted to be tall with boyish figures. They wore lots of make-up and shocked people with the amount of skin they showed, with hems that rose above their knees and bare arms. In fact, the word “flapper” began as a derogatory word for women who tastelessly showed too much skin. Soon, however, most women were following the flapper trends. After the privations and stress of the war, people just wanted to let loose. The flapper look was a trademark of this period. Men’s fashion, like women’s fashion in the 1920’s, changed drastically. Unlike the overly formal attire men wore in past times, the clothing of this era was much more relaxed and comfortable. Before World War I, men of an upper class were expected to change their suits depending on the time of day. After the war, they decided to take a more casual approach when it came to fashion and instead chose one suit that fit the purposes of their entire day. Lighter colors such as cream, beige, and tan became popular (although knit sweaters and socks were much brighter) as well as lighter, thinner fabrics. Clothing Accessories were rather important and were said to have ‘made a man’. Ties and bow-ties were a necessary part of a wardrobe and patent leather shoes were the norm. Gloves were optional and hats were an important part of a wardrobe. But perhaps the most important rule in fashion for a man in the 20’s was that a well-dressed man never left home without a handkerchief tucked neatly into his pocket. Accessories Women's Fashion In the 1920’s, women switched from bustles and corsets as were worn before the war, and instead
adopted a greater freedom of expression when it came to fashion. Outfits were vibrant and beautifully
coordinated. The designs of clothing were simple yet elegant, with carefully selected fabrics and great use of color that popped but was never overwhelming. As compared to before the war, dresses in the 1920’s were lighter, brighter and shorter than they ever had been in the past. Many women also began to wear pantsuits, hats and canes. A straight-line chemise topped
with a cloche hat was the norm for women as well as low-waisted dresses with fullness at the hemline
which allowed for more movement when it came to dancing. Clothing Clothing An ensemble of hats, shoes, stockings, handbags, dresses, and great amounts of jewelry created a typical outfit for the women of the 20’s. They bore much more skin than would have previously been considered appropriate and shoes and stockings were more important
than ever as they could finally be seen in an outfit. Accessories Flapper Fashion - 1920s Fashion History. [Online] Available: www.fashion-era.com/flapper_fashion_1920s.htm. February 17, 2013.

Flappers. [Online] Available: https://sites.google.com/site/fcruzthegreatgatsby/flappers. February 17, 2013.

Related Topics: 1920's Flappers. [Online] Available: https://sites.google.com/site/gatsbysgreat/related-topics-part-two. February 17, 2013.

THE GREAT GATSBY IN 1920. [Online] Available: http://gatsby1920.blogspot.ca/2010/05/flapper.html. February 17, 2013.

1920's Fashion. [Online] Available: glamourdaze.com. February 17, 2013. The flappers of the Roaring 1920s are related to the book The Great Gatsby in different ways. The author of the book himself went to the First World War and was also once married to a flapper. Nick, the main character of the book, represents a man who did participate in the war and was surrounded by the new fashion of the women. For the author this is a way to remember and show the change that has occurred during that time, in a way the flappers are related to the book because they were part of the changes in history. The culture introduced in the book shows part of the revolutionary changes that occurred after the war and we can understand the reason why the characters acted the way they did.
Also, in the story Daisy and Jordan are both female characters that act as flappers. Knowing about flappers helps us to perceive and further understand some aspects of the book.
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