Flapper, with its colorful floral motif, was popular in the late 19th century, when it became trendy to dress as a woman, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
But as the fashion became more sophisticated, flapper became a trend that faded away by the early 20th century.
So it was only in the mid-1950s that the style returned as a fashionable way to dress a man.
A flapper outfit would include a long skirt and blouse, or a long, loose frock with a low collar and a buttoned back. The buttonhole was tucked in under the skirt.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 1960s looked like the best decade to be a mannequin
The style still popular today
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flapper-era men, such as the one pictured here, wore an air of menace
It is popular for men today to dress as men in their 70s and 80s who are living as women and can’t wait to go back to their pre-feminist, unironic roots. And because they’re so willing to admit it, it’s the coolest thing to do.
But, if you do make the switch, remember that you would have to go back and re-learn a lot about clothes for men, not just for the flapper era.
For a man this was a time of enormous change.
The end of the Second World War saw men go back to the house and a woman’s job. It was a time of liberation.
Women’s liberation in America in 1968 was one of the most important moments during the women’s liberation movement that was to become known as the 1970s.
It sparked the sex revolution that made women’s liberation a global phenomenon.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 1970s were a tumultuous decade – the sex revolution sparked a new wave of women’s rights
From these feminist protests, many women started wearing their period outfits which were still considered feminine.
It also set the stage for the 1980s, a period marked by a decade of sex scandals – including the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile and the “paedophile hotline” scandal.
There was also a huge drop in the price of women’s underwear and swimwear.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women’s clothing dropped dramatically in the ’70s, when a lot of the public didn’t really know what they look like
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