Monday, December 26, 2016

How to Dress Like a Flapper: A 1920s Guide to Good Posture with Julia Faye

In 1928, renowned actress Julia Faye published a "Guide to Good Posture For Flappers" and it is blowing our minds.

The dictionary defines a flapper as - "A young woman, especially one in the 1920s, who showed disdain for conventional dress and behavior." That is, conventional in the 1920s. The style came around after the first world war, and women were tired of trying to conform to society's idea of normal - women were gaining more independence, and the face of America was changing!

Flappers were most commonly known for their dancing, drinking, smoking, wearing a lot of makeup, and a love of films. Almost all flappers had bobbed hair, dated frequently, and stopped wearing their corsets (which were social norms in the 1910s).

1. How to stand correctly


Don't stand like you're hiding a boner. How the well brought up young girl should not stand is illustrated to the left. Well really Julia! But over on the right, this is more like it! Julia Faye demonstrates erect posture and firm balance.


2. How to stand by a chair


Note the bad lines of Julia’s body on the left and the ungraceful balance of legs and hips. On the right, Julia stands in the correct manner.


3. How to sit correctly #1


No lady should ever sit like Julia does on the left (even a student). In fact no lady would! There are other ways of sitting comfortably while still looking graceful, as Julia does to the right.


4. How to sit correctly #2


The art of sitting with crossed legs went out for women with the arrival of short skirts. ” Don’t do this!” warns Julia.” Cross the feet instead of the legs and you’ll be just as comfortable and twice as feminine!”


5. How to sit correctly #3


“Never hook your toes behind chair legs, if you would be graceful,” says Miss Faye. All right Julia! To the right is the correct posture.

“Sitting pretty is my name for this pose!” laughs Julia.

(via Glamourdaze)

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