The 20s were a time of change and a total generation gap. The World War I is over but social mourning remains. A generation of young people will change the world so fast that in a few years happened more things than in decades of tradition.
They were the flappers, intrepid women, wanting to live in their own way, they placed upside down the society in which they grew with jazz and scandals.
The flapper generation revolutionized much more than fashion, but the history seems to remember them only when it comes to aesthetics. With them were born the bob haircut, loose dresses, and a long list of ideas and accessories that even today, nearly a hundred years later we still can see. The Rolled Stockings, a very particular way to wear stockings, are one of them.
In the 20’s, stockings came in pairs, no tights, made from silk, no stretching and no adaptation to the leg shape. So they wrinkled and fell inevitably. Women had to find some way to stay stockings in the place where you wanted them to be somehow. That place usually was mid-thigh and garters were used.
But flapper girls were rebellious and had a creative spirit, so they invented their own way of putting on socks hiding behind a big statement: “If you expect a decent lady never show her legs… What shall we do? Show our legs. ” Of course.
They used round rubber bands, which were perfect to carry with rolled stockings because they were rounded and small.
And they were a sensation. Rolled down stockings were used even with the bathing suit. They used many rubber bands to increase the girth of the roll.
It became so popular that even filmed a silent movie in 1927, produced by Paramount, starring Loise Hall and James Brooks.
Even Billy Murray made a song for the rolled stocking! You can listen here:
The rolled stockings are a great accessory with a great history and they should come back. And hey! they are a good solution for reuse old pantyhose. So you know girls, as Billy Murray says in his song: Roll’em girls!!