Modelling black lace underwear sets me pondering about what was sexy in the flapper era.
The lace of this bralet is so sheer, I needed to use gaffer tape to disguise my nipples, which (oddly) made me think of the flapper style of the 1920/30s. In that era my figure would not have been in fashion, although my bobbed hair would. Back then, girls with flat chests were a la mode and bras were not supportive. Long strings of jet and pearl beads hung better against a flat chest.
The fashionable lingerie at this time was very flimsy, like this pretty lace set. Part of their rebellion was to eschew the tight and constricting corsets and bodices in which women had been trussed up and hampered by until then.
Ladies wore silk stockings, but instead of them being held up by garters, they rolled them down to dance and rouged their knees. This was considered racy! For the first time skirts were short enough to show girls’ knees when they were dancing, so you have to assume it set the pulses racing of the opposite sex.
Like the song “All That Jazz” suggests, “I’m going to rouge my knees and roll my stockings down”.
Why a rosy knee would be sexy escapes me! It was more a statement of “look at me!” Make-up is historically used to make women look post orgasmic (a rosy glow to the cheeks: blusher, lips stained red: lipstick) so the rouged knee trend leaves me puzzled.
In the current ‘stay at home’ lockdown, why not indulge in some films which celebrate the fashions and attitude of the Jazz era:
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Some Like It Hot
The Great Gatsby (either version, but a lot more was spent on the costumes of the Baz Luhrman one)
The Gangster Squad
Also Isabelle Lauren’s book The Insatiable Jane Travers about a young girl discovering her sexual drives and identity is set in this era where morals were changing, get your copy here.
For further reading matter from this decade, I recommend:
The Great Gatsby – F Scott-Fitzgerald
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella
The Diviners – Libba Bray
The Debutante – Kathleen Tessaro
… more about some of these books will follow in a post for #BookMatters