Bring out your vintage side with a flapper style party dress
Flapper dresses became fashionable during the roaring 20’s during a time when new age western women represented “flappers”, or, people with little regard for social norms and customs. Known for their short skirts, love for jazz music, loud parties and bobbed hair, the flapper girls gave birth to a bold, unapologetic and revolutionary style of dressing which is popular even today. The first image of a flapper girl was seen in the 1920’s Hollywood film, “The Flapper”, which featured actress Olive Thomas, who was to become one of the industry’s best-known “flapper girls”. Thomas paved the way for other Hollywood greats such as Clara Bow and Joan Crawford, whose iconic styles are currently being showcased on the runways of today.
The flapper party dress has the unique distinction of being a style of party dress, which does not accentuate curves. Interestingly the quintessential flapper party look involves a rather tomboyish look, with short hair, flattened chest area and straight waists, which makes it great for those who like androgynous styles, or simply, are interested in vintage party looks. The flattened, tomboyish look works for those with fewer curves, and is representative of the pre-1920s era when the style was yet to become famous. A flapper dress is generally straight and loose, ending just above the knees. Garters are popularly worn in order to support silk stockings, which are also an integral element to the outfit. High heels are another important addition; it is thought that they became fashionable during the same period.
Asymmetrical hemlines are also common for the more modern style of flapper dress, and works for those looking to channel the look, albeit with a modern twist. The objective of the flapper dress is to showcase the wearer’s legs, so it would be wise to select a hemline accordingly. The aforementioned straight and loose style will work for those with straight or slim figures, while those on the curvy side might prefer a flowing hemline.
While a typical flapper dress is sleeveless, more ornate styles feature halter neck and batwing sleeve styles, which make them more wearable by those not comfortable with skin show. A number of flapper style party dresses feature interesting hemlines with lace, frills, tassels and fringes, all of which add to its dressy vintage appeal.
One of the things to remember while looking for your flapper style party dress is the dropped hemline, which is integral to the style. A vintage flapper dress will usually be made of sequined, flowery, or beaded material and might feature a plunging neckline and back. Among the many accessories, which will suit your flapper style party dress, are long strands of pearls, lace gloves, feathered headbands and bags with tassels. For those who elect to wear hats, cloche, peekaboo and feathered hats are most suitable to the look. Make up too, is very important in order to achieve that vintage look; thin, turned down eyebrows and cupid bow lips are part and parcel of being a flapper girl.
True to its origin, the flapper style party dress is for an independent woman who is not afraid to embrace her love for classic fashion, and is looking to make a statement with her look.