The 1920’s Embellished Stocking Revolution











The 1920s saw hemlines rise drastically; shorter skirts made legs a focal point of fashion like never before. Flappers first began to show their garters or roll their stockings bellow their knees, provocatively showing part of their bare leg. But like any other body part that becomes the focus of fashion, the trend that started in the streets and speakeasies was exploited a step further by designers. Printed, patterned and embellished stockings began showing up in stores and catalogues. They ranged from more subtle patterns to wild floral, plaid and even figural printing like faces. Girls would even wrap printed ribbon around their legs over plain stockings to achieve this wild-tight look if they couldn’t get their hand on the real thing. Stockings were largely abandoned in the mid 1960s and really only resurfaced slightly during the 1980s fitness craze. But modern fashion is popularizing and glamorizing stockings once again. The trend that resurfaced with 80s influences and jersey giants like American Apparel has become a heavily embellished high fashion staple. And while the 1920s may not have had the armor-like bauble hosiery of today, the flappers truly brought about the first embellished stocking revolution.

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