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After tumbling through the pages of a recent book about Zelda Fitzgerald, Z, by Therese Anne Fowler, we became rather curious about this 1920s glamour girl — she just seemed full of spirit and gusto. It turns out these two qualities served to do more than just create an interesting character; they also worked wonders when woven into Zelda’s style choices.
Zelda in her ballet garb via Myspace
Dubbed the “first American flapper” by her husband Scott, Zelda didn’t dance around daring fashion choices. Though what she wore is completely conservative by today’s standards, it was rather radical for her time. From her cropped hair to her bare shoulders and ankles, Zelda embraced the avant-garde air of ’20s style, and used it to express her outgoing personality.
Zelda’s loose-fitting garments highlighted her forward-thinking frame of mind. They were the antithesis to the corset, the socially accepted norm for womenswear in the early 1900s.
Zelda with her daughter Scottie via Scottandzeldafitzgerald.tumblr.com
Image via Scottandzeldafitzgerald.tumblr.com
With the help of St. Martin’s Press, publisher of Z, we’re celebrating Zelda’s devil-may-care duds with interactive paper dolls and poster giveaway! Dive into a Zelda-inspired wardrobe with these paper dolls, and comment with your answer to the below question for your chance to win a special edition lithograph inspired by Zelda. We’ll choose 10 winners on Wednesday, May 8th, and notify each winner via email!
So, without further ado, here’s our giveaway question: What’s your favorite aspect of 1920’s style?
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I love bobs 🙂 They’re so chic and easy to care for!
I love the confidence exuding from women like Zelda Fitzgerald — that is an “accessory” that any women cannot leave the house without! As Zelda once famously said, “â€œI don’t want to live, I want to love first and live incidentally.â€
I love the confidence exuding from women like Zelda Fitzgerald. That is definitely the one “accessory” that a woman needs to always take with her when she leaves the house. As Zelda once famously said, â€œI don’t want to live, I want to love first and live incidentally.â€
I like the way that the dresses flow. Like they were made to be danced in. I also like those little hats.
personally i love drop waist dresses, but i love what they represent even more!
i mean, the 20’s is when women could really feel free to dress comfortably without losing their sense of style and without choking themselves with corsets.
women in the US could even vote, and as they chose their leaders they also chose how long to hem the dress and how much “bling” (or feathers..) to wear.
it wasn’t all fun and games in the 20’s, but it was the first time our opinion really matters, and that’s what makes me appreciate the time and its trends.
Cloche hats and refined dresses.
I love the hair! So chic and feminine and daring.
My favorite of that decade is the hair. I wear a bob and am needing to get it cut a bit shorter.
I too love the hair. I got my long hair cropped into a pixie and with its natural wave, people always tell me I’m rocking the flapper look. It’s all at once cute, sophisticated and empowering. It was very rebellious in the 20s and even now people tell me I should grow my hair back out. Why conform? I don’t think I would trade this hair for anything. I don’t even have to brush it!
definitely the hairstyle
How to pick?! The hair, the dresses — the silhouettes! — the accessories, the trimmings — the flash of all that beading and the ostentatiousness of it — furs, jewels, crystals — gorgeous!
The hair. I wear my hair in a bob cut.
A drop waist is so easy to wear and it works on so many body types. It just epitomizes the era. And although smoking is gross and unhealthy, there is something to be said about the glamour of a skinny, long cigarette holder, isn’t there?
I enjoy noticing the accessories… the hats, shoes, and big jewelry. Love the dance moves from that era, too; especially when performed in fringed apparel!
Danceable clothes! Girly accessories that celebrate femininity, but with an overwhelming air of confidence. Inspiring and FUN!
I love the cloche hats and the long pearls.
Everything! Drop waist dresses, T-straps, cloche hats, bob cuts, and I could go on. Above all, what I find inspiring is the attitude shown by young flappers throughout the Roaring Twenties. Many of them had lost their boyfriends, fiancÃ©s, brothers, fathers, friends … in WW1, but their grief did not prevent them from going on with their lives and trying to free themselves from the mores of the older generation. Their style reflected their belief in a new world that let young women enjoy life to the full instead of keeping them in corsets and sending their loved ones to an early grave.
Totally t-bar shoes. I adore them. And cloche hats, so cute 🙂
All the fun embellishments – feather and jeweled headbands, brooches, bracelets, and the list goes on!
I love the hairstyles, but my favorite thing is the hats! Why did people stop wearing hats? My brother and I wear them!
There’s so much to love about 1920’s fashion. The shorter hemlines and haircuts have a wonderful, carefree feel to them, but I think I love the bold, distinct designs in the jewelry most of all. It’s so opulent and elegant- there hasn’t been anything like it since!
My favorite aspect of 20s fashion would have to be the way in which it was affected by women’s liberation resulting in shorter hemlines, the discarding of corsets, more women flaunting their legs, and the way fashion became less formal and more freeing! The masculine look was embraced; flattened chests, a straight and narrow body type, short hair, etc. I think it was one of the edgiest decades for fashion in regards to women taking what was conventional and turning it on it’s head!
Cloche hats are my favorite! I love the way the brim forces you to stick your nose up in a devil-may-care sort of way. Talk about a confidence boost! I have an embroidered silk cloche from 1920’s Paris; it is absolutely stunning. Pieces like that make me jealous with nostalgia for a time that isn’t mine.
The 20’s ushered in some really fabulous fashions that still inspire today.. but what I love about the 20’s influence is the way it makes me feel good about my body type! The flat chest and willowy arms that were popular then gives me the confidence to wear something that shows that my bust doesn’t define me. Slinky, drop waist dresses and long cardigans show a fun and fancy-free attitude that is entirely mine- and an inspiration from an age not dead yet!
I love the delicate details that were so iconic to the decade. Beads, fringes, and feathers were added to every article to make it unique and avant-garde. Heeled shoes, purses, dresses, you name it! It was such a stylish and chic way to leave the Victorian era.
What I love most about the 20’s is the great pieces of literature that were written during that time; The Great Gatsby, Ulysses, Winnie the Pooh,,, Haha. As an aspiring writer I find these a great source for inspiration and some of my favorite books.
I love how the women and fashion in this era found the perfect way to balance demonstrating their free spirits with flowing fabrics, daring hemlines and bob cuts while still looking classy, elegant, and refined.
I love the fact that women were breaking out of a shell and breaking the rules with style. They began to believe that they could wear anything that they wanted and be equal to the men of the time through the dropped waist dresses and the short hairstyles. They mastered the masculine trend without loosing and feminine appeal.
The adorable bobs! I love the way they frame the face, especially with a little curl.
My favorite part of 1920s style would definitely be the hairstyles and hair accessories that so typified the era. The bobbed hair, the cloche hats, the sequined and feathered hair bands – everything was so indicative of the break from earlier, restrictive fashions in the Victorian era. Everything to me just screams youth and energy – like these women could go anywhere and be anything, fully forming to the people they wanted to be, instead of what society wanted.
I love the makeup styles! Simple yet elegant. I also am a big fan of the accessories! Hats, gloves and pearls! The long strand of pearls wrapped around you neck is super sexy!
I think the bob is still the coolest hair ever!
I love that it paved way for the evolution of women’s fashion. The 1920’s celebrated body image in a revolutionary way and empowered women to have fun and breathe in stylish intricate frocks, leaving behind the historical days of heavy conservative choices.
I love the bobs!
My favorite part is how fierce the women look in their roaring 20’s get-up. They inspire clothing today to not conform to standards previously set before them. The beads and necklaces are absolutely striking and the slinky dresses make any night perfect for a Gatsby party. If only looks today were that stunning…
The shoes, the pearls, the fun!
What I think is the best and most inspiring aspect of 1920s style is how it is like a dressed up version of the freedom found in styles of the 1970s. While the short hair and the loose dresses imply self-determination and breaking the rules, women still took fashion seriously. They knew that they could dress up and be feminine without having to rely on traditional female roles in society. I feel like this is one of the first eras where personal style came into play and women could dress the way they wanted. The styles are all about being who you are, but being a dressed up, more elegant, idealized version of yourself. Everything about 1920s style is about empowerment and being who you want to be!
My favorite aspect is basically how simple and clean the 1920s style looks compared to today’s casual easy wear. Today a simple look is a pair of easy slip-on jeans and a white tee, it’s a fun lazy look to rock, but its amazing how a 1920s dress is simple and relaxing altogether. It kind of takes you back in time when the world was simpler as well, maybe peaceful even. And I just want to add that for me, even though I can normally tell what is vintage or 1920s, sometimes I will fall in love with a dress because its so unpredictable, and that is what I love! Being surprised by fashion from a different time, a time before my own. It’s so much fun!
Finger waves, they made them look so effortless… And the low heels… So much classier then the ankle breakers in the stores today.
The intricate beading of the dresses was just spectacular…I’m in awe over how long it must have taken to hand sew all of the details on those dresses!
a dawning of independence for women and romancing artful bliss of adoration for women.
a significant movement for the world, represented in an array of fashionable artful designs with cotton, linens, laces, glamoured in white, beigh, soft colors, utilizing feathers, hats, laces and layers.
magpie-love in the vibrance of the flappers dazzling colorful movements.
an entire spectrum of the whole woman from head to toe, with emphasis on the eyes and lips.
dancing, wonderful beautiful artful beings emerged from this era.
that is what i like about the 20’s era of fashion and design, more than just the beauty, the representation of spirited beings that became vibrant.
how cool all of this was following world war 1, a great depression transformed into the spirit of love, art, beauty manifesto magnificence!!!!!
What isn’t to love? When I think of the 20s I think of one great big party. My favorite aspect of the style is probably the makeup. I love the cupid’s bow lips in deep red and purples, the smoky eyes in green and blue.
My favorite aspect of 20’s style is definitely the hair. You can’t ask me to pick just one. The bobs and marcel waves were so refreshing and daring after the victorian styles just a few years before.
I love how women took the initiative, embraced new and daring fashions (at that time, as you said a naked shoulder, a bare ankle) and started to show off their beauty 🙂
I love how easy the ’20s style feels. It’s vibrant and alive, yet at the same time its soft and seems to flow. When I look at Zelda I feel as if she woke up earlier that day and lounged around for a little while, enjoying the morning sun, before she casually slipped into something comfortable and elegant all at once. She ran a comb through her short, bouncing tresses and smiled to herself while gliding on her lipstick. She was relaxed, laid back, and yet she was completely done up as the epitome of 1920s beauty.
I love cloche hats the best. I wear a few myself even though I have long hair. My other favorite is the lip shape. I’m always amazed when I watch silent movies and see the lipstick painted on so carefully to make the little kissy lips.
The great confidence women exuded back then was hands down the best accessory. The rebelliousness and the free-spirited attitude in their lives and fashion choices makes the roaring twenties my favorite period. And of course, I love all the beautiful, shiny, fringed dresses they wore out to scandalous parties of the time. When you look at those pieces, you see so much detail in the beadwork. Clothes are not made like they used to be and it’s a sad shame!
It’s not so much the clothes themselves (because dropped-waist and sheath dresses make me look 9 months pregnant), but the breaking with tradition the sudden freedom and rebellion that the women (especially) were grabbing.
But didn’t Zelda die horribly in a mental institution or something?
I think the best aspect of 1920s fashion, hands down, was the elegance of the clothing. Even the flapper style, which was groundbreaking and truly pioneering for women’s fashion choices, was so ingeniously elegant. This era of fashion was all about femininity, but without the curves.Still, without overtly flaunting the shape of the female anatomy, the playful style and elegance exuded from every beaded or fringed dress, every cloche, every t-strap heel is, in my opinion, unmatchable. I love the 20s. I swear I must be Zelda reincarnate.
Gorgeous! We’re working on a Great Gatsby themed room right now at mywebroom.com! Here’s an article we posted about ModCloth recently: http://blog.mywebroom.com/2013/04/30/modcloth/
Hats! I have a couple of my great-grandmother’s and love wearing them.
I love the detailing, particularly Art Deco influenced patterns. Like said before, the elegance is impressive, and some of it comes from the amount of care put into the embellishments. I also love the “exotic” accessories and patterns. It doesn’t represent any acceptance of non-Western cultures, but it’s still interesting to wear and see.
Hard to choose because it was such an interesting era, but I think that the details are amazing. What made the styles so unique were the little things that made the style so famous: dropping the waist, crazy pieced seams, and the art deco sparkle! I’ll take it all!
Definitely the bob. So stylish and easy to care for. I also have a soft spot for cloche hats.
I’m really a fan of the style entirely during the 20’s. The shoes were awesome, and the dresses perfect. 🙂 Also the hair.
I love the cloche hats! They’re flattering for almost any face, and it’s curious how they are so complementary with chin length hair, which also was very popular. My gray felt cloche hat is a favorite for winter, and I’ve found some sweet period ones in vintage shops as well.
What I’m not so fond of was the thin-lined eyebrows. They look romantic in old pictures, but now, they seem overly theatrical and artificial. I think as cameras gained quality over time, stars and models wore more naturalistic make up, for a more subtle look.
My favorite aspect of 1920’s style is how women challenged traditional notions of femininity through their clothing and their hairstyles. They liberated themselves from constricting fashions and began to wear more comfortable clothes. I like that there was a turn to the boyish figure of flat chests and hips, with dresses being straight and loose-fitting and leaving the arms bare. I also really love the Mary Jane and T-strap shoes; the greater use of materials such as silk, satin, and velvet; and the cloche hats (who could ever forget the cloche hats?).
My favorite aspect of 1920’s style would probably be how daring and new a lot of the concepts were for that time, and how they were trying to make a statement with fashion, like shorter hemlines and looser silhouettes. I also love all the beautiful hair accessories and hats. 🙂
My favorite aspect of 1920’s style is that it served as the catalyst for feminism. Style not just looking amazing (because the dropped waist and free flowing dress is amazing) but also working for the betterment of women.
I love finger waves, and hats!!! and dresses and the shoes. heck, everything was fabulous 🙂
My favorite aspect of 1920s style is the nostalgia associated with such novels as Fifth Business and The Great Gatsby.
I love art deco jewelry– the geometric but decorative stye is fun, glamourous, and timeless. I love the 1920s for the dramatic makeup (the first era it was really permissible), and the liberation inherent in the bobs, shorter skirt, and boyish silhouettes. I love everything about 1920s style from the neck up (on me, drop waists are unflattering–I’m not tall enough or small-busted enough for the silhouette): the cloches, the hair, the makeup, the furs, and most of all the rhinestones.
Bobs are super fun and playful; I love the flappers’ “toss your cares and curls away” attitude and free-spirited mindset (if I may quote Thoroughly Modern Millie, one of my favorite movies of all time!). Chopping all of your hair off was not only groundbreaking for the time but also quite liberating. Both modern and classy, short hair symbolized freedom while still retaining a woman’s femininity. Though bobs were considered rebellious, they also enhanced a woman’s beauty, especially when combined with a cloche hat and dramatic eye makeup. Women of the 1920s certainly knew how to make a flirty short hair cut glamorous.
My favorite aspect of 20’s style is the hair. It takes guts to chop off all your hair and the short bob gives off a sense of confidence like no other when paired with the dresses of the time. And even more fun were all the accessories from feathers and glamorous headbands to cloche hats.
My favorite aspect of the decade were all the feminine notions pushed aside by ladies who really took some big style risks. It was definitely a time of challenging what was expected, and some gorgeous fashions came of it. Not to mention how many of the silhouettes and fabrics of the time are still considered classic today. Can’t say the same for every decade (I’m looking at you, 90’s acid washed denim jacket).
My favorite aspect of the 20s was the scandalous photos that began to emerge. Photos of women with stockings exposed and bloomers askew, I find it beautiful. Women lost their restrictive clothing and starting having fun with “teasing” photos, something I admire and truly inspires me to tap into my carefree nature and flirtatious beauty.
I really love the loose form fitting dresses that went against the long, tight dresses that women wore prior to the 20s. I also love the intricate Art Deco inspired embellishments and accessories.
My favorite part of 1920s style is flapper culture and the sexy, rebellious attitude of these women that made fashion so bold and interesting in this era. Iâ€™ve always admired that the flappers were liberal and rebellious in a time where that sort of behavior and mindset in women was unheard of. They were strong women who did what they wanted to do, and that was that. I can relate to that. I love finding vintage photographs from the 20s, especially those of flappers. They seem so mischievous, happy, and fashionable. I connect to that, too.
I think the wonderful thing about 1920’s style is the amazing energy and attitude it conveys! The fashions, just like the rest of the culture during that time period, reflected so much joy, exuberance, freedom, confidence and intelligence. These were clearly people who were very conscious and aware that they were carving out new territories and imaginatively creating the modern era. The style and fashion designs, the art and photography, the Jazz music, the wealth of writing, the film making (still a fairly new art form at the time), the architecture, the advertising, etc. all of these things convey a sense of bold fearlessness and striving towards the new during the ’20’s.
Women’s fashions in particular were unafraid to break new ground, reflecting the new found freedoms, opportunities and increasing independence they had. The lines of the clothes became streamlined (there’s a word they loved!) and simple; in order to be far more comfortable to wear. This was completely unlike the layers upon layers of bulky clothing their mothers and grandmothers wore. That simplicity conveyed the more relaxed and confident attitude they felt they had a right to enjoy as modern women — and the clothes definitely became a part of sending a strong message: that these were women who definitely intended to achieve more, do more, and experience more in their lives than their elders had!
At the same time, and even though many of the clothes were being designed for comfort and mobility, there was also plenty of embellishment and femininity going on, and the fabric choices were often luxurious and sumptuous. Many of the shapes and much of the embellishment also reflected an internationalist perspective (these were after all, people who would be traveling far more than their elders had as well). The themes and decoration on the clothing reflect an obvious fascination with the entire world and it’s cultures, and the design elements tend to reflect the romance and excitement of being world travelers.
For me the question is not so much what do I love about 20’s style, but what’s not to love about 20’s style!
I’ve got one word for you: feathers. EEEEEE!!! Okay maybe two words for you: fabulous feathers. There is just something about them that adds style and class to any 1920s inspired wardrobe.
The loose silhouettes of clothing and cropped hair.
i love the long beads. women used strive to flatten their chest so their long necklaces would lay correctly. I am also so madly in love with the bob haircut, in the 20s it was considered scandalous!
My favorite aspect of 1920s style is the complete disregard of what is considered “appropriate” for women. Really it was the complete embracement of feminism and empowerment. Women embraced their sexuality which is something that modern women take for granted but I find heroic. They stood up as women for what they wanted in clothing which really symbolized what they wanted in every aspect of their lives.
Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!
I love the innocent fun of it all. My biggest complaint with the era I am being raised in is that everyone seems so angry with society and each other. From what I’ve seen of 1920s America, the community is fantastic! They danced, good lord. Now the closest we get to going out and dancing are clubs–and we all know that that is simply a way to roll your ass around on someone else’s hips. Beauty was defined so much differently… I wish we had that touch. Look at Zelda’s face in the first picture. A little touch on the shoulder and she smiles so bright. So what happened? When was the border of fun pushed to getting drunk and grinding on strangers? Where did the dancing go??
I love that it was a style that anyone could rock. The “formless” drop-waist dress style was trendy while forgiving. Any body type could pull it off. Women were more confident, and it showed in literature by great female writers of the time like Zelda, Virginia Woolf, Hurtson, Parker, etc. The flapper culture allowed for the emergence of ladies as public icons, which was a big deal and a marked step for their independence. Fashion played a key role in that, though it was tastefully done. The long, swishy skirts were perfect for dancing and while they certainly pushed the limits of what was acceptable at the time (yay lady pioneers!) they did so in a way that was still fashion-forward and classy, rather than risquÃ© for the sake of being so. It was also so easily customizable. Beading and crazy patterns as well as playing with fringing and lengths meant that every dress was different, and the ACCESSORIES helped to give every woman her own signature style. Gotta love those cloche hats, pearls, feathers and gloves! I also love the bob, but that’s probably because I have one and am biased. It’s so easy and carefree! You can dance the night away without worrying about displacing your curls. I’ve always been positively enamored by the 20’s… I have a gaudy red flapper costume my mom made me for my fourth grade Halloween, and I’m unfortunately one of the few high schoolers I know who has Cole Porter on their iPod. Don’t worry, though. Slowly but surely that’s being changed, thanks to “Midnight in Paris” (a Zelda-featured movie! And she’s so eccentric and awesome!) and “Princess and the Frog,” Gatsby, etc.
Well, look at that obnoxiously long post. That article really got me going. Sorry! Love this post, the 1920s, and this contest idea. Let’s bring back the Charleston, everyone!
P.S. Has anyone heard of the Zelda musical “Waiting for the Moon?” My voice teacher had me do a song from it for college auditions, it’s lovely.
I love the Cloche hats and the idea’s behind them. The women wanting to be more like the men, soldiers, so styling their fashion to be like army helmets.
I’ll take the long hairstyles that most young women sport today over those of the flapper era any day, though on the right, perfect face, cropped cuts can look decent. Witness Zelda.
Please tell me… is the first image actually Scott and Zelda? I can’t seem to find it elsewhere. It’s lovely
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