And what does that even look like? If you could go back in time and pick an era and dress like that, would you? What would your ideal look be like?
Let’s look back at an example, an interview with a flapper from the 1920s that I did for my podcast, The Flapper Revival. Before we listen to that interview, we should ask ourselves a bunch of questions—some of which I’ve answered before in other podcasts. Let’s start by asking ourselves: what do we look for in a flapper? And then, we should look at why they look like they look like they look like a 1920s flapper.
The first thing I want to point out, when I asked them what was important to them in a flapper, was what do we really define as a flapper? A flapper was essentially a dresser (a dresser was a high-class woman, or someone whose clothes were expensive), a ladies’ businesswoman, an attractive lady, someone who kept her hair short and wore a tight uniform. When I asked each of these women what was important to them in their flapper that made her a flapper, they all had essentially two answers. The first was the wardrobe—how do we fit in? The second was the look. We should not want to be a flapper unless we think we fit in or are attractive. But I think there was something else, too. When I said, “what about the look?” they all answered “something,” and to my amazement, they did not really know what a flapper looked like. I had heard the word flapper and understood it to mean someone who worked in the industry or that had a big influence over society, like a politician or the head of a prominent charity. Most of the women didn’t really look like that at all.
I took this to mean an individual who was socially aware and looked like a “flapper” was someone who was not, in essence, a model. For some reason, fashion did not seem to fit her image of herself or even that of many people in their time. She was someone who was a very conscious self-conscious, but also very unselfconscious, and this would be the result of having a sense of style but not being too self-confident about it. This is a very old look. We don’t have a lot of contemporary women from the 1920s who look like a 1920s flapper, but we do have
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