Let’s Get Inspired By Flappers For No Other Reason Than They’re Great

Zelda, the 'original' flapper and her fella, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

When I read about Zelda Fitzgerald (nĂ©e Sayre), I think to myself, “Wow, they really don’t make ‘em like they used to…” While I realize that the 1920′s had its time and place and the “new breed,” as they were called, was the result of both the end of War World I and the years of repression that had occurred prior, I still think it’s time we bring back that mentality. I also think it’s time we bring back that style.

I’ll be honest, it was both the warm weather (which I always equate to the first time I read The Great Gatsby) and Jennifer’s post from months ago that I reread yesterday, that had me seriously contemplating exactly how I could start a movement to bring back the “Roaring 20′s.” Could I start a petition? Would Obama agree during this election year where his focus should be on other issues? Would my beloved Fitzgerald roll over in his grave at my attempt to relive the past? How amazing would I look in a bob?

I won’t tell you how many times I’ve read The Great Gatsby (every year for about 20 years); nor will I tell you how many times I’ve dressed up at Zelda Fitzgerald for Halloween and been mistaken for just a regular old “flapper” (like 8 times.) But I will tell you that although I’m terrified of the outcome of Baz Luhrmann‘s production of my most favorite book of all time, I do, however, think that with its upcoming release we should take the opportunity to bring back the flapper. Besides, who doesn’t love a hard-drinking, promiscous woman who’s so comfortable in her own skin that she doesn’t hide an inch of herself from a society that was just merely two decades away from the 1940′s when the pendulum went the other way? Seriously, who? Because I want names and numbers.

Although literature will tell us that Zelda was the “first” flapper and her mark on the decade and society of the time will forever be immortalized as the character Daisy Buchanan, she was not alone. She may have been the first, she may have been the most famous and she may have been the great love of Fitzgerald’s life, but there were others who were also known for their “brazen” (for the time) fashion and behavior.

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    • Ali

      What about Louise Brooks?!

      • Amanda Chatel

        Ah! How could I have forgotten her!? Will remedy that now.

      • Ali

        : ) She’s one of my favorites

    • MM

      This is awesome. I have a love affairs with the ’20s too. (Unfortunately I found having a Louise Brooks style bob to be a HUGE PAIN. It was cute, though.)

      • Amanda Chatel

        My naturally curly hair won’t allow for such an amazing bob! So I have a wig of one… you know, for rainy days…

    • Cate

      What about Joan Crawford? Everyone thinks of her as a star of the 1940s, but her success began in the twenties. Even F. Scott Fitzgerald said that ‘Joan Crawford is doubtless the best example of the flapper, the girl you see in smart night clubs, gowned to the apex of sophistication, toying iced glasses with a remote, faintly bitter expression, dancing deliciously, laughing a great deal, with wide, hurt eyes. Young things with a talent for living.’

      And I mean, F. Scott is basically the arbiter of flapper-dom.

      • Amanda Chatel

        This is very true… but I didn’t want confuse anyone who would think otherwise.

        Sadly, thanks to the movie… she’s the “no wire hangers” gal. But yes, she was the quintessential flapper for the time.

        Whatever Fitzgerald says is a golden truth!