Flappers have become such a phenomenon over the past few years that the term “lady-flapper” has come to describe an extremely broad selection of flappers wearing tight, pleated or sleeveless dresses. Women and girls in their teens to mid-twenties have long been interested in and proud of their flapper style. Flap-style jeans have evolved into high fashion in recent years as well.
But back during the flapper era, dresses were considered as practical day wear. They were made to last, to look elegant, and to feel as though you were wearing something special. The modern women’s fashion industry knows that a dress is only as good as its fit, and flappers understood this well and worked hard to deliver the best fit possible for their own needs.
Now the new generation of fashion and fashion models have adopted the more minimalist style that flappers knew and embraced.
A flapper’s skirt is usually made of thin, lightly padded cotton or linen, with a pleated or semi-pleated skirt at the top of the skirt, or a very short dress that goes to about mid-thigh, with a high-low slit. The shape and cut of the skirt is generally short and round, as on a model who is a fashion model and is known as a “flapper”.
A very long, very short skirt is also appropriate, sometimes called a “singer”. A singer typically has a high collar and no high slit which adds to the effect of a sultry look.
The length can of course vary from one style of flapper to another, from very short to very long, from a very short skirt to that of the “flaming” variety. But all styles are generally appropriate to be worn at night in the most fashionable neighborhoods.
And there are no dress laws. No single city, state and/or country has such strict rules when it comes to fashion.
Why flappers have become such a phenomenon
Since the first flappers were in the 1840s, many people have thought that being flappers meant being “unkempt,” “stubborn and shy.” But flappers did not come up with that stereotype.
Flamappers were in general not “unkempt.”
A flapper’s dress, in many cases, would be made to last. They usually wore a skirt that fell at the knees and was usually slightly long in length.
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