Cue the brass band, there's nothing quiet about these Halloween flapper costumes! No matter what style you choose, you'll look right at home shimmying in a Chicago speakeasy in these flapper dresses. Read below and we'll tell you more about the reasons a flapper costume is a must-have for any costumed wardrobe and how to make sure you get the right look for your roaring twenties persona!
As a costume company, we have the privilege of getting to see people dress up for all sorts of reasons. We've seen people pick out our toddler flapper costumes to create a family photoshoot. That's right! Mom and dad dress in flapper and gangster costumes, take the kids to a classic car show, and pose the crew in front of a Model-T! Now that's a family that knows the power of a great outfit.
Kid flapper costumes are a great staple to have in your kid's dress-up wardrobe! (or any age, for that matter) White flapper costumes can be worn in a 4th of July parade, to a Mardi Gras Party, and even on a cold Halloween night when paired with grandma's old fur coat from the seventies! Flapper girl costumes are sure to spark impromptu dance parties to big band music, every time they come out of the closet, which might be quite often!
You can go even further when talking about flapper costumes for tweens. A little sparkle and fringe would look awesome at their first Halloween dance! If the look is perfect for their kiddo, why not make their 13th birthday Great Gatsby themed? We promise the sparkle and black and gold color scheme is sure to be a hit.
While we have so many ideas on how to put child flapper costumes to use, and we haven't even touched on the adorable concept of baby flapper costumes, it's time to move on to one of our favorite ideas, reusing women's flapper Halloween costumes for themed parties. Because, as we all know, reusing is the cat's meow!
Are you hosting a bachelorette party this year? Your guests will thank you for a 1920's theme! Not only is it a great chance to swill Champagne and gin and tonics, but roaring 20s flapper costumes happen to flatter every body type and a wide range of styles. When your friends try on their flapper costumes in plus size, they'll be delighted to find that most of our flapper dresses are designed to hug and flatter at the same time. Those who don't feel comfortable slipping into one of our flapper dance costumes could even dress in an easy gangster costume!
Everyone can dress in different colors, leaving white to the bride! Those who choose one of our silver flapper costumes will find that it's absolutely perfect to reuse for New Year's Eve. One of our pink flapper costumes would look so sweet at a garden party. Gold flapper costumes are utterly timeless and would look amazing at Halloween or even on a date night to one of those trendy speakeasies. And we can't think of a better look to take to New Orleans than one of our purple flapper costumes. Yes, this is one theme that's sure to be recycled but when all of you are all together, you're sure to paint the town red!
There you go, ladies and gents, flapper and gangster Halloween costumes will never go out of style because there will always be a reason to paint your lips red, slip on your stockings, and shimmy. Pick out your perfect flapper ensemble today!
FLAPPER HEADBAND When I think of flapper accessories, I think of pearl beads. The more the merrier! You could also use a headscarf or turban for your flapper costume, but I decided on a simple pearl headband. I spent a few dollars on these supplies and assembled this headband in less than an hour.
Wear a women's flapper costume and dance the Charleston in the style of the Jazz Age and "The Great Gatsby." The Roaring '20s are swinging in these stylish Halloween costumes. Choose from a variety of options and make a fashion statement at your next Halloween party.
The transition to the style and social standard began during the late 1910s. The first appearance of the word was in a popular 1920 film "The Flapper." The costume style and clothing associated with the decade of the 1920s is from 1926. The clothing trend originated in Britain.
Flapper Jane is a name for all flappers. She was a young woman in her early twenties. Jane could be found listening to Jazz music in the speakeasies wearing the standard flapper outfit of a short dress, cosmetics, and a simple hat over her bobbed hair. Jane would use expressions such as "the cat's meow" and "the bee's knees."
The costume style was modeled after French fashion and credited to dress styles pioneered by Coco Chanel. Young women of the 1920s gave up on wearing corsets to cinch their waists, opting for loose, often low-cut dresses that hung straight from the shoulder. Flapper costumes for Halloween highlight this look.
Flappers were a subculture of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts (knee height was considered short during that period), bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes in public, driving automobiles, treating sex in a casual manner, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms. As automobiles became available, flappers gained freedom of movement and privacy.
Flappers are icons of the Roaring Twenties, the social, political turbulence, and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of World War I, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe. There was a reaction to this counterculture from more conservative people, who belonged mostly to older generations. They claimed that the flappers' dresses were 'near nakedness', and that flappers were 'flippant', 'reckless', and unintelligent.
While primarily associated with the United States, the "modern girl" archetype was a worldwide phenomenon that had other names depending on the country, such as joven moderna in Argentina or garçonne in France, although the American term "flapper" was the most widespread internationally.
The slang term "flapper" may derive from an earlier use in northern England to mean "teenage girl", referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail "flapped" on her back, or from an older word meaning "prostitute". The slang word "flap" was used for a young prostitute as early as 1631. By the 1890s, the word "flapper" was used in some localities as slang both for a very young prostitute,[page needed] and, in a more general and less derogatory sense, of any lively mid-teenage girl.
By 1908, newspapers as serious as The Times used the term, although with careful explanation: "A 'flapper', we may explain, is a young lady who has not yet been promoted to long frocks and the wearing of her hair 'up'". In April 1908, the fashion section of London's The Globe and Traveller contained a sketch entitled "The Dress of the Young Girl" with the following explanation:
Americans, and those fortunate English folk whose money and status permit them to go in freely for slang terms ... call the subject of these lines the 'flapper.' The appropriateness of this term does not move me to such whole-hearted admiration of the amazing powers of enriching our language which the Americans modestly acknowledge they possess ..., [and] in fact, would scarcely merit the honour of a moment of my attention, but for the fact that I seek in vain for any other expression that is understood to signify that important young person, the maiden of some sixteen years.
By November 1910, the word was popular enough for A. E. James to begin a series of stories in the London Magazine featuring the misadventures of a pretty fifteen-year-old girl and titled "Her Majesty the Flapper". By 1911, a newspaper review indicates the mischievous and flirtatious "flapper" was an established stage-type.
By 1912, the London theatrical impresario John Tiller, defining the word in an interview he gave to The New York Times, described a "flapper" as belonging to a slightly older age group, a girl who has "just come out". Tiller's use of the phrase "come out" means "to make a formal entry into 'society' on reaching womanhood". In polite society at the time, a teenage girl who had not come out would still be classed as a child. She would be expected to keep a low profile on social occasions and ought not to be the object of male attention. Although the word was still largely understood as referring to high-spirited teenagers, gradually in Britain it was being extended to describe any impetuous immature woman.[a] By late 1914, the British magazine Vanity Fair was reporting that the Flapper was beginning to disappear in England, being replaced by the so-called "Little Creatures."
In his lecture in February 1920 on Britain's surplus of young women caused by the loss of young men in war, Dr. R. Murray-Leslie criticized "the social butterfly type... the frivolous, scantily-clad, jazzing flapper, irresponsible and undisciplined, to whom a dance, a new hat, or a man with a car, were of more importance than the fate of nations". In May of that year, Selznick Pictures released The Flapper, a silent comedy film starring Olive Thomas. It was the first film in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle. By that time, the term had taken on the full meaning of the flapper generation style and attitudes
The use of the term coincided with a fashion among teenage girls in the United States in the early 1920s for wearing unbuckled galoshes, and a widespread false etymology held that they were called "flappers" because they flapped when they walked, as they wore their overshoes or galoshes unfastened, showing that they defied convention in a manner similar to the 21st century fad for untied shoelaces.[page needed][page needed] Another suggestion to the origin of the term, in relation to fashion, comes from a 1920s fashion trend in which young women left their overcoat unbuttoned to allow it to flap back and forth as they walked, appearing more independent and freed from the tight, Victorian Era style clothing. 041b061a72