Fashion and Lifestyles of the Roaring Twenties
Several fashion statements that emerged from the flapper fashion of the roaring twenties still exist or have reemerged in society today. From flapper’s high heels to bobbed haircut, reminiscence of the twenties are present in current lifestyles.
There are several periodic examples in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Nick says: “I have been drunk just twice in my life…” (Fitzgerald 29). This is a result of the prohibition movement.
“In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another” (Fitzgerald 40). Another result of prohibition.
“The last swimmers have come in from the beach now and are dressing up-stairs; the cars from New York are parked five deep in the drive, and already the halls and salons and verandas are gaudy with primary colors, and hair shorn in strange new ways, and shawls beyond the dreams of Castile” (Fitzgerald 40). This shows the automobile craze, the fashion statements of the bobbed haircuts and feather boas.
“…and a great number of single girls dancing individualistically…” (Fitzgerald 46). Women were now more independent and did not need a man to dance with.
In the 1920’s, Flappers were changing the ways of the Gibson Girl. Dress lines were dramatically shortened, hair was chopped off, and some dared to paint their faces in makeup. The doll’s outfits we created include Flapper inspirations, along with a modern twist. Feathers and fur were big with the flappers. Extravagant, sparkling outfits were common pieces for a Flapper to wear while going dancing. Head scarves covering short cropped hair were also trendy, as well as long beaded necklaces. Drawing inspiration from some of these Flapper fashions, we created a few outfits for our little Flapper Girl, ranging from dancing outfits to a casual outfit, and even fancy evening wear. The bold colors such as hot pink and purple added a modern look. Along with the eye popping colors, the bags our doll is sporting really modernize the look. The zebra print bag, with a strap decked out in polka dots encompasses some of today’s fashion, along with the large fur bag with a sparkling strap. Bold colors and outrageous prints are big among the fashionable in today’s society. The polka dot pattern that appears in some of the outfits, whether it is part of a dress or headband, are quite popular among the young and fashionable of today’s stylish individuals.
THEN & NOW…
Long Necklaces continue to be a fashion from the 1920s to present
Bobbed Haircuts can also be seen on the social scene in the 1920s and present
Feather Boas were characteristic of flapper girls in the 1920s and are still worn today
Flowing Flapper Dresses are the most commonly associated with the Roaring Twenties and are still around