The most common thread that can’t be cut and dried between the hem of flapper dresses was that the material was either cotton or nylon. The latter were more comfortable, more durable, and not as prone to pilling as cotton or nylon, though this was not always the case. It also seemed like some of the flapper dresses did not even have the traditional cotton waistband!
Why are tights not worn by white women anymore?
One possibility is that the flapper dress was so controversial that a tights-wearing woman simply wasn’t comfortable doing so. The second possibility is that the tights itself were seen as not being appropriate for the day, and so that the tights were the appropriate garment for all women.
And if you’re not comfortable with tights (or don’t think you would be, anyway), then why are the most controversial styles of dress, the ‘burberry’ style and the ‘shawl’ style, still in style?
In addition to being extremely trendy, the traditional style was so conservative – a formality, a fashion statement – that nobody could see it as anything else. In the case of the “burberry” style, the color of it was seen as an element of femininity, which it really was at the time.
But women wore tights to fit in! Not in a way that would make them seem submissive and subservient. It’s not like the dress was really meant to be worn to show off, or to put on. The point was to be dressed as women were meant to be dressed; comfortable, confident and with a smile on their faces; not as feminine as everyone else’s.
I understand that there are still women who wear flapper dresses to work, but why do they wear them in a way that is not for their own comfort, but for the rest of the world’s comfort, the kind that women like to tell their own gender stories about?
To help women who find themselves in the middle of it all understand the power of the dress, I spoke with the author of the book Flappers and Women-at-Work, Laura Brown (below) – and she talked about her work with the women (and men) who wear the dress for a great deal of the time, at her own book tour in the UK.
Laura Brown : “My first book The Flap had a wonderful response from women at work who weren’t ready to wear one