Monday, April 27, 2015


We continue exploring fashions of the roaring 20's with this picture. This girl would have been known as a "flapper". Notice the fur collar, fur hat and very short hair.


  1. The term "flapper" came from the custom of wearing her galoshes (oh! there's term you don't hear any more!) unbuckled, so they "flapped". No worse than some of the crazy footwear we see today, particularly HUGE tennis shoes, worn six sizes too large, and untied.

    1. As often as I have heard the term, I never knew where it came from. Thank you for my lesson of the day!

    2. Always glad to be of assistance!

  2. It's not obvious that her hair is very short, since it's covered by a hat. Today we see women wearing their hair all lengths, from well below the hip, to shaven, to mohawk,and in all kinds of improbable colors. I remember my first good look at "Goth" hairstyles, in London in 1984. He was wearing a mohawk, dyed bright red at the skull, and neon blue at the ends. I wondered both how those shades were achieved, and how he got the whole thing to stay where he wanted it. Bear grease, I supposed. Her hair was less extreme, hot pink, looking like straw sticking out all over. I could tell this was "normal" for London, as nobody but me was staring at them. They were dressed all in tight black leather, and wore lots of piercings. Styles like this hit the Midwest, where I was living, 15-20 years later, so I knew that I was provincial! Back to the Flappers, I had never really wondered about the name, but it is a bit strange, until you explain its origin. Thanks for the history lesson!


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