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What did real flappers wear?

As the late-1880s drew to a close, so did the era-defining fashion for flappers. Fashion changes quickly in a hot decade, so for many girls in “The Flapper Age” the period was one of transition, which, while not quite as dramatic as men’s style change, did mean a shift in how their looks would be perceived.

As one designer, Houdini, once said:

You got your clothes made, and it was your life. The same with a guy. The clothes and a guy’s heart.

The new style

The new style was a collection of styles known as “the style of two wings.” This was due to the rise of various forms of flapper style during this time. The first wing had to do with fashion; it called for a bold, dramatic look, while the second wing featured feminine fashion; for women, this would have included dresses made from a mix of fabrics and details. With most flapper style groups being associated with women dressing up and dancing, they tended to be relatively new in fashion and weren’t as easily understood as the male flappers who were already known.

This is the style that first entered the public eye by the end of the 1880s, in the form of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her daughter Susan. With their style, the women dressed in full skirts, white and red polka dots, and the occasional blouse. There is only one exception to this, and it was in the form of a male fashion icon, Oscar Wilde.

The flapper style of clothing and dance that Wilde wore and was famous for was a much more modest one. Wilde’s dress featured nothing more than two blue-and-white stripes and a short coat, which were all-white and fitted to his body. He also had a black ribbon round his neck. All of this was accompanied by his signature bow-tie and straw hat.

The style evolved into the more refined and refined. This was a new approach by the women to show their femininity and to have an effortless, fashionable look. This was more similar to the more formal Victorian style in which women wore dresses that reached to their knees.

The women weren’t only fashioning clothes and dancing; they were incorporating elements of social style such as flower garlands and floral prints, as well as decorative jewellery, and, in some cases, even a little embroidery. These elements were very important to modern