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1920s Flapper Dresses

The roaring 20s were an exciting time in U.S. history, and this was the decade when the Charleston was first introduced (1924). The rhythm quickly became the most popular dance of the 1920s. The Charleston craze exploded nationwide after it was performed on the Broadway stage. Fashionable young women who danced the Charleston were known as “Flappers.”

Women had won the right to vote, World War 1 had ended and prosperity was booming. Times and attitudes were changing, and female independence was on the rise. This gave way to sassy bobbed hairstyles, more streamlined dresses with shorter hemlines (to the knees), bold makeup and a tiny bit of a naughty attitude.

1920s Flapper dresses were quite the head-turning frocks of the moment, and several key accessories pulled the look altogether. Designer Coco Chanel influenced the Flapper fashion phenomena with her miles of pearls and dresses made in neutral shades like cream, beige, sand, navy and black. Continue reading “1920s Flapper Dresses”