The typical flappers were wearing bright summer colours.
What was the term of art for the flappers?
They called it “the dance of stripes”.
Did women have to wear stripes?
There was no formal dress required by the flapper.
Did the flappers have a code to stay in their costume?
No. Everyone dressed up as flappers.
Why don’t you wear stripes, apron or whatever?
There are many different theories for the reasons why flappers do not wear stripes. We will see some of them below.
Many studies have been conducted on the flappers’ suitability for life. Most of the research has concluded that their suits were not suited to life in the 19th century. In the early 1900s, when flapper clothing entered the fashion world, it was suggested that there was some risk of overheating as the fabric was thinner than most other clothes at that time. However, some studies indicated that the high temperature had little effect and the high temperatures actually caused the fabric to soften. Some researchers believe that the white fabrics created more insulation than did the other colours and was therefore more ideal for life.
Others believe that some of the colour had to be washed during the manufacturing process. Although this might have been an advantage, it had adverse effects where the warm, fuzzy effects of flannel were used.
A number of studies have been done on the way that other men dressed around 19th century Paris. Most of what we know now about clothes of that era derives from historical accounts which describe the clothing and fashion of people of that time. The fact is that when we read about what flappers were wearing, we do not read as though the flappers dressed in flannel.
Because it was very practical to buy and often very expensive, the flappers had to dress as their contemporaries did. However, people wore other clothing to the same degree.
The flapper’s uniform and the garment would have had to be purchased from a dealer in one of four ways. The dealer would first sell the clothes to a tailor. Alternatively the clothes might have to be made up from the pattern made after a pattern of garments. Clothing may have been made up in a shop. Finally, the garments may have had to be made up by a local worker.
In short, the flapper’s outfit comprised a complete outfit of clothing, including socks,