Flapper Hems

Enough about Hollywood scandals for a while!


Did you know (I didn’t) that short skirts were not in fashion throughout the Roaring Twenties? Sure, we all think of flappers and their above-the-knee dresses dancing the Charleston and slurping gin rickeys, but the truth doesn’t quite measure up to the myth.


Dresses and skirts, whether for day or evening wear, were not short throughout the twenties. For most of the decade,dresses were mid-calf length or longer. But most silent movies of the era feature flappers and the faddish dances, like the Charleston, and those reveal naked knees, so most people today assume this was the pervasive style.


The truth is, skirts only revealed the bare knee between 1926 and 1928. This was also the only time evening gowns were short like day wear.  By 1930, hems were back to their early twenties lengths.


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