The flapper dress evolved from the high-waisted, short-skirt fashions of the 1920s and was a style that reached its peak during the Roaring ’20s. The flapper’s life was full of adventures and flappers often found themselves in precarious situations where they had to dance in public. At these parties women wore large, off shoulder dresses that had to be pulled down over their knees to expose their skimpy little bottom. To achieve this effect, they would tie strings or lace around their waist and all together form a makeshift circlet. In the absence of these pesky strings or laces the dress was left bare on the shoulders.
The Charleston became a sort of uniform for women of all social status when the twenties rolled around. Dating back to the late twenties this flapper dress had several defining characteristics. A plain, straight cut vented dress was the standard. However, the style of the neckline changed during the 1920s era, often having three or more sleeves and often featuring pleats on the shoulders. Sporting neckties was a must, as was displaying some cleavage.
As with so many clothing choices of the 1920s the necktie was optional but not entirely absent. The classic, pre-world war II necktie was the standard black silk tie worn by males at the time. Pleated or plaid patterns were also on the sleeves and hem. Often, these plaid patterns were long or full sleeves. While the standard flapper dress did not feature a collar, (the very first one was worn on only the shoulders) pinstripes were often worn and were the norm for both men and women of the era.
While the flapper dress evolved from the 1920s era of vintage party dresses to the present, there are some major differences. While the sleeves are no longer completely bare, they are almost always puffed or pleated and feature a high neckline. Instead of the open neckline of the early flappers, the more modern styles feature an open V neck or are pleated. The front of the shirt is often a contrasting color to the fabric of the skirt and often features what can only be described as a polka dot design. Many of these shirts are a single colored, such as red or pink, while others are two-toned, such as turquoise or green.
Flappers were famous for their flapper jewelry, which included the ubiquitous pearl necklace worn by most everyone, and the more dazzling gold and silver chandelier earrings worn by many. Flappers of the roaring 20s era were not only known for their clothing, but their hairstyles as well. Almost everyone in the dancing community knew how to cosy up in a short hair style and the popularity of these vintage fashions has survived and grown through the years.
The spaghetti straps of the 1920s Flapper dress are popular as well, especially the long sleeve versions which were often adorned with rhinestones and beads. This became a fashion trend for young women who wanted to add some sparkle to their otherwise simple, understated dresses. These designs from the 1920s are also often handed down to future generations, so you can often find a great many vintage looking dresses in your own closet. However, if you are planning to buy one of these dresses, make sure that it is a true Flapper dress, as nothing will bring your big day to the fore quite like a vintage model!