While the world is talking about the Gatsby now, I myself also found this story and the real message behind amusing and inspiring, I might as well talk a bit about the 1920s, what people regard this era the roaring 20s or the Jazz Age.
I believe not many of us out there (at least those who read or write on the web) have personally gone through this era. As a result, a big thanks to the internet where massive amount of information can be found especially those that was supposedly (or I should say easily) lost or forgotten. I admire the glamour of the flapper style. And because of the movie, I started to study this era a little bit more which helps me appreciate the movie and later on I believe the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald a lot more.
I’m sure many of us would have admired the flapper style at some point in your life. But if you ever want to play dress up for parties or want to be a trending 20s style bride, I think you also want to know a bit more about what “flapper” really means, shall we?
Flappers, according to wiki, were a “new breed” of young Western women in the 1920s. Flapper is also a slang word, describing a young woman, and is sometimes supposed to refer to a young bird flapping its wings while learning to fly.
Stepping in the modern era when social values were loosened, the “new breed” of young women were seen as pleasure-seeking, undisciplined, and independent. They were often seen dancing, listening to Jazz, smoking, driving, and drinking.
The flapper style, pioneered by Coco Chanel, also made girls look young and boyish: short hair, flattened breasts, and straight waists. So no more corset or gown hemlines.
5 Things to get the 20s flapper look:
1) Hair >your hair must be short, either bob or wavy. wavy is different than curly to my understanding, so please make sure your hair is wavy not curly, lol. if you do not want to cut your hair short just for a party, twist and hide under a headband.
2) Headband >you are half way to the 20s look if you wear a headband. wear one preferably in white or cream shades with lace or embellishments or feathers. personally I like it with bangs showing or covering the forehead.
3) Cloche >you are another half way to a complete 20s look if you wear a cloche, a fitted, bell-shaped hat, which is especially popular in 1920s. Its name is a french word meaning “bell”. However, it’s not common to buy a real cloche nowadays.
4) Low-Waisted Dress >loose or straight dresses with dropping waistline or with no waistline make you look a bit of the 20s style. Preferably those with embellishments or feather hems, leaving the arms bare. Length should be just below the knee, allowing flashes of leg to be seen when a girl danced or walked through a breeze.
5) Pearls >the most accessible stuff to get the look. preferably long or multiple strands of pearls.
Enough said, let’s play dress up!