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The ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s were all very cool fashion eras, but this season we are also taking a few more steps backwards and revisiting styles from other decades, like the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. If you want to go back one step further, an era that is warming up and starting to sizzle is the ’20s. I never paid much attention to this era as far as adding it to my wardrobe, but this year has me taking another look. Shoes and accessories are taking a cue from the “Roaring ’20s,” and so is clothing, but one item in particular is getting a whole lot of attention: the flapper dress.
For those of you who are not familiar, according to Wikipedia, “Flappers were a "new breed" of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. Flappers had their origins in the period of Liberalism, social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of World War I, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe.”
I guess flappers were considered the “bad girls” of their era, but I like to think of them as fun and fashion-forward, and from the looks of things the rest of you agree. Flapper dresses are one of the hottest looks going on, especially for evening and special occasions. Just about every big name in fashion like Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Ralph Lauren showed this look on the runway, and several celebrity fashionistas like Salma Hayek and Zoe Saldana have chosen this style of dress for the red carpet.
My guess is when Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, hits the theaters in December, this dress will be working overtime right up until New Year’s Eve. I can’t imagine missing this style of dress even mixed in with the sea of other fabulous fashions, but here are the embellishments, fabrics and detailing to look out for: beading, pleats, feathers, silks, and sequins.
Even if you don’t opt for a dress, look for these pretties on shoes, accessories, and handbags to add a bit of this trend to your wardrobe.