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Famous Flappers And Flapper Halloween Costumes

Updated on March 8, 2016

Flapper Halloween Costumes And The Famous Flappers Who Inspired Them

The Flapper Halloween Costumes from the Roaring 20's are FUN to dress up in. Find costumes, 1920's hair styles, flapper makeup ideas and those glittery, glam flapper costume accessories on this lens.

Where did the Flapper Costume come from?

The 1920's came in Roaring! World War 1 was over, the Spanish Influenza epidemic was gone and women got the right to vote, these people were survivors! What a whirlwind of historic events preceded the 20's. And then came prohibition...what the heck was going on? Add all these events up, combine them with some jazz, some new dances and women who had grown tired of the rules and wanted to get rid of that old double standard and you get...Flappers. You could move and dance in this style dress, and that's why women wore them. The young women and men of this country broke loose from the strict rules of society, with the Flappers right in front of the line.

So if you are looking for a historic costume that's more fun that any of the others, come on and take a look at the flapper costume and the famous flappers who made it what it is today. It's not quite as simple as that but it is that simple to find a great women's Halloween costume with a flapper dress. The image shown is Barbara Stanwyck and it, like all the other famous flapper pictures on this page, is in the public domain.

Clara Bow - One of the famous flappers from the 1920's. This picture is is in the public domain.
Clara Bow - One of the famous flappers from the 1920's. This picture is is in the public domain.

What Is A Flapper?

What is a Flapper Anyway? I know you are familiar with the term, but to most people that word means a Halloween costume. A Flapper is one of the women of the 1920's who went against what society deemed was the norm for women. They wore short skirts, cut their hair into fashionable bobs, danced the nights away, smoked cigarettes, went to jazz clubs and speakeasies, and even drank liquor.

Talk about rebelling, these girls were wild. You have to remember that until now, women wore the very restrictive garments from the pre-World War 1 era. Things might have loosened up a little, but not that much at all, until the wonderfully, wild roaring 20s. This is a picture of Clara Bow, one of the original famous flappers and this picture is from wikipedia. It's in the public domain.


Flappers, Flasks And Garters

In the 20's women carried whiskey flasks in their garters!

Louise Brooks A Flapper From The Roaring 20's - the picture is from Wikimedia Commons
Louise Brooks A Flapper From The Roaring 20's - the picture is from Wikimedia Commons

Who Are Those Famous Flappers?

Here's a list of the most famous flappers of the 20's, women who made history.

  • Clara Bow - The "It" Girl
  • Joan Crawford
  • Isadora Duncan
  • Josephine Baker
  • Greta Garbo
  • Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Louise Brooks
  • Coleen Moore
  • Olive Thomas
All famous actresses, singers and personalities of the 1920's, these women changed the female role in society. The behavior of a flapper was quite a jolt to many. The Flappers were women who worked outside the home, who went to jazz clubs where they danced and drank, these ladies smoked cigarettes, drove cars and some actually went to petting parties...which are just what they sound like.

Josephine Baker - A Famous Flapper Doing The Charleston in a picture from the public domain.
Josephine Baker - A Famous Flapper Doing The Charleston in a picture from the public domain.

The Dances Of The 1920's

Flapper Dancing

Shocking and provocative dances like the Charleston, the Shimmy, the Bunny Hug, and the Black Bottom were all the rage. Shorter skirts, less confining undergarments, made it easy to move as compared to the old corset style dresses and garments women used to wear.

Look at the picture to the right - It's Josephine Baker and she is dancing the Charleston!


Here's a perfect dress to wear to a Speakeasy and dance the night away. I bet Josephine Bake would have adored wearing this pretty blue dress, or not, after all, she did like to wear just about nothing.

The Flapper Little Boy Look

In the 20's women actually wrapped cloth around their chests to get a flat chested look

Isadora Duncan picture from the public domain.
Isadora Duncan picture from the public domain.

Make Your Own Flapper Costume

How To Make A Roaring 20's Outfit

The Flapper Costume consists of a short, knee length dress with lots of fringe on it. Stockings, garter belts, fish nets, a feather boa, a sparkling headband with a feather, long beads, a long cigarette holder and some gloves will help bring your outfit to life. Here is a list of materials you will need to make a flapper costume.

Materials For A Homemade Flapper Costume

Slip

Short dress with ruffles or fringe

Imitation pearl necklace (long)

Pearl earrings

Sequined headband

Stockings (solid color or fishnet)

Garter (optional)

Heels, preferably Mary Jane style

Feather boa (optional)

Feathers (optional)

Elbow-length silk gloves (optional)

Long cigarette holder (optional)

DIY Flapper Costume Instructions

How To Make Your Own Flapper Costume For Halloween

You can make your own flapper costume at home with some of the clothes you already have in your closet and dresser drawers. Do you have a basic dress somewhere in your closet to use as your flapper costume dress? If not, here's how to assemble one. Check what you need, gather what you have and check thrift stores and variety stores for costume making accessories.

Glue fringe or ruffles onto a black slip with a hot glue gun to create this style of dress.

Wear stockings underneath your dress that are either solid black or fishnet stockings. You can also wear knee-high stockings with a garter if you are making a more adult-oriented flapper costume.

Choose an elastic headband to adorn your hair. Glue sequins onto it, and feathers if you choose to do so. You will style your hair with tight curls or a Bob hairstyle and wear the headband for added effect. The headband should go over the top of your hair, not underneath.

Additional accessories include a feather boa, a long strand of imitation pearls or beads, and silk gloves as an added option. The best style of shoes for a flapper costume is Mary Jane high heels, but any type of heels will do.

Your makeup should be as dramatic as possible, with a dark red lipstick, rose-colored blush, dark eyeliner, and dark mascara.

Flapper Photo Gallery

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Clara BowBarbara StanwyckColleen MooreGreta GarboIsadora DuncanJoan CrawfordJosephine BakerLouise BrooksOlive ThomasZelda Fitzgerald
Clara Bow
Clara Bow
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore
Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker
Louise Brooks
Louise Brooks
Olive Thomas
Olive Thomas
Zelda Fitzgerald
Zelda Fitzgerald

Flapper Shoes

The ankle strap shoe and the T-bar shoe were popular styles

Zelda Fitzgerald - Flapper married to F. Scott Fitzgerald. 	This media file is in the public domain in the United States.
Zelda Fitzgerald - Flapper married to F. Scott Fitzgerald. This media file is in the public domain in the United States.

Who's Your Favorite Famous Flapper?

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Flapper Hair Styles - 1920's Wigs

Those Fabulous, Famous Flappers did their own hair, but you and I aren't that familiar with bobbie pins and pin curls, so in order to save time and frustration, here are some.

Flapper Hairstyles

The most common flapper hairstyles were the Bob or the Bowl Cut

Flapper Hair Styles - How To Make Finger Waves

1920's Flapper Style Fashions For Women

Flapper Women Clothing Ideas

Flapper Costume Accessories

Long pearl necklaces ~ Small sequined or beaded purse ~ Cigarette holder ~ Feather Boa ~ Fishnet Stockings

Flappers: The Rebels Of The 1920's

Flapper Makeup - Look Like One Of The Famous Flappers! - An Easy Flapper Makeup Tutorial

Here's a great flapper makeup look to use with your Halloween costume ideas.

Flapper Halloween Costume Makeup Ideas - Look Like One Of The Famous Flappers!

Here's the makeup that was used in this video...but you don't need these exact products. Gather your makeup...all of it, match up what you have, and make a list of the items or colors you need. Get them here or buy them at your local store...where ever you usually buy your makeup.

* Mac StudioFix NC35 Foundation

* Mac StudioFinish NC25 Concealer

* Translucent Powder - Napoleon

* Moonlight Eyeshadow - Stila

* I Nuovo half length false lashes

* Mac Blitz and Glitz Black Fluid Liner

* Mac Black Tied Eyeshadow

* Shiseido Liquid Liner

* Napoleon Black Eyepencil

* Lancome Hypnose Mascara

* Napoleon Dusty Pink Eyeshadow To Be Used As Blush

* Chi Chi Red Lip Pencil Or Another Hot Shade Of Red

* Mac Lipstick in MAC Red Or Choose A Shade Of Red You Like

Flapper Costume Patterns - How To Sew A Flapper Halloween Costume ~ Homemade Costume Ideas

If you know how to sew these patterns can help you design and create a beautiful Roaring 20's flapper outfit. If you like to make your own costume and know how to sew you can make the best homemade costume at the party! Here are some great sewing patterns for a Flapper Costume for you.

Modern Dresses For The Flapper In You

Want To Dress Up Like A Flapper?

Look at these fun vintage dresses with a 1920's design! If you are a Roaring 20's girl at heart and want a fun and stylish Halloween costume, or dressy dress to wear for a fun night out on the town, here are some wonderful ideas for you! And some of these cute dresses are cheaper than Halloween costumes! Save money, look good and have fun on Halloween - Be A Flapper!

The Flapper's Dictionary - Find Out What Those Roaring 1920's Terms Mean

Flappers were a different sort of women and these ladies changed the way things were done. If you heard a bunch of guys and gals saying things like "Let's Blouse" or "Bee's Knees" would you know what they were talking about? Here's a glossary of the terms used during this exciting and colorful era.

If you are going to dress the part of a Flapper, learn to talk the language of the times to make your Halloween costume more authentic!

  1. An Airedale is another word for a guy who wasn't too good looking.
  2. An Alarm Clock was another term for chaperone.
  3. An Apple Knocker was a hick.
  4. Apple Sauce was what the Flappers called flattery.
  5. Barlow was another word for a girl or a flapper.
  6. Bank's Closed mean't no kissing.
  7. Barney Mugging was a term for lovemaking.
  8. If someone said you were the Bee's Knees it meant you were the BEST! Marvelous, darling, simply the greatest.
  9. A Bimbo was a tough guy.
  10. If someone asked for some Clams they meant money.
  11. Gams were legs.
  12. Hotsy Totsy is another term for the Cat's Pajamas. In other words, PERFECT.
  13. Let's Blouse means we are out of here, we're leaving.
  14. If you are Ossified or Blotto it means you are drunk.
  15. A Wet Blanket is a party pooper, someone who is no fun at all.
  16. You Slay Me means you make me laugh.

Flapper Names From The 1920's

Babs, Billie, Birdie, Coco, Fanny, Fay, Gladys, Kittie, Lulu, Mae, Patsy, Rae, Roxy, Sadie, Theda, Trixie, Violet, Zasu, Zelda, Zora

The Flapper Style Music Of The Roaring 20's

What do you think of these gals? Were they ahead of their time, were they wild or what? Love the 1920's and the flapper costumes!

Could She, Could She, Could She Coo... - Leave Me Some Famous Flapper Comments!

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      HalloweenRecipes 3 years ago

      @LoriBeninger: It certainly was an exciting time in history, and you can't beat some of the fashions.

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      LoriBeninger 3 years ago

      I love this era...great idea and examples of this great look.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      @Blonde Blythe: I do too! Those roaring 20's must have been such a blast, can you imagine the culture shock those parents had to deal with? Thanks for visiting.

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      Blonde Blythe 4 years ago

      I love fashions of the twenties! Fun lens! :)

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      TheZombieQueen 4 years ago

      These ladies were way ahead of their time and broke through many barriers that make it much easier for women today. The costumes and hairdo's are great fun to wear...you can even zombie them!