We want it back: 1920. Rolled stockings!

We want it back: 1920. Rolled stockings!
09/08/2016 Lucía W.

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.

Rolled stockings

Four women line up along a wall and chug bottles of liquor in the 1920s. — Image by © Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis

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.

rolled stockings rubber band

Via Etsy

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!!

Comments (6)

  1. petitplat 4 years ago

    Mmh no. 😀 not a fan of those rolled stockings.
    But the history behind those people is great!

  2. Arctida 4 years ago

    Wow! Such a great post! I didn’t know these facts about rolled stockings 🙂

  3. Tina 4 years ago

    I would have loved to be rebellious in the 20’s! So cool!

  4. Antje 4 years ago

    Love those old photos and the story behind is wonderful!

  5. Star of the East 4 years ago

    What a fun history, I had no idea!
    I don’t like the look but love the history and the song and the witty girls 🙂

  6. Ildi 4 years ago

    I love your little fashion story. I have never heard about it before:))

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