For the dapper gentlemen, Candy Apple Costumes carries toy tommy guns and other essentials for a great gangster getup. These realistic fake guns come in a variety of different styles, and we even offer holsters so that you can keep yours secured under your jacket. Fedora hats are also incredibly important for your gangster costume, and we offers a variety of different styles in simple pinstripes, wild animal prints and simple, basic colors. If you want to go in a different direction with your 1920s menswear, Candy Apple Clothing also carries monocles, newsboy caps and fake mustaches to help you create a more refined, working class look.
For the well-dressed dames, we also offer the most popular accessories required for flapper costumes for women. Feather boas and thigh-high stockings will have you ready to dance the Charleston, while long cigarette holders will give you something to carry around the party. Pair your beaded dress with a silky turban, long gloves or sexy garter belts to complete your Roaring '20s look. Or, if you prefer to dress the part of the gangster's moll instead of the feminine flapper, we have all of the essential accessories for that as well. Ladies' fedoras and high heeled oxford shoes will pair perfectly with your pinstriped suit, and you can even carry a tommy gun just like the boys.
- Shoes - Flappers wore mostly mary jane shoes and T-strap shoes. Shoe styles and decorative trims became more important because they were being shown off by shorter dresses. Men favored two-tone oxfords and wingtips. (You can copy the look with a pair of black dress shoes and white spats.)
- Hats - The close-fitting helmet-like cloche was by far the most popular and iconic style of hat for women in the 1920s and early 30s. Berets also became popular, as they were frequently worn by famous actress Marlene Dietrich. (Marlene also rocked a fedora on occasion!)
The famous fedora started out as a women's hat - it was even a symbol of the women's rights movement in the 1890s - but became a fashionable style of hat for men in the 1920s. It became especially popular with gangsters during Prohibition and remained generally popular until the mid-1950s.
The most popular hat of the early 1920's for men was the bowler hat, also known as a derby. Meanwhile, newsboy caps in tweed and herringbone became universally popular in the 20's and remained hot in the 30's.
On hot summer days, the straw boater or skimmer hat was the way to go.
- Stockings - Up to and including the 1920's, women never went out of the house with bare legs, so stockings of some kind were essential. At the time, full pantyhose hadn't been invented yet, so all stockings were what we now call "thigh highs," which had to be held up with elastic garters (more popular with the young flashy flapper set) or garter belts. More daring girls liked to roll down their stockings below the knees and even put rouge on their knees to emphasize that they were showing actual skin.
- Cigarette Holders - In the 1920's, large numbers of women began smoking in public for the first time. Before the late 1910s, women could actually be arrested for smoking in public. Flappers pushed the envelope with smoking, drinking and everything else! They smoked their cigarettes in long cigarette holders, usually made of silver, jade or bakelite (a pre-cursor to plastic). The cigarette holders helped prevent nicotine stains on the fingers, cooled the smoke, and in some cases provided a filter, among other benefits.
- Jewelry - Pearls and cultured pearls became incredibly popular in the 1920s and began to be worn in pastel colors as well as white. Trendy flapper girls would layer several long strands of pearls or beads in different lengths and also wear pearl bracelets, or other bangles stacked up the arm. Dangly earrings were popular, as they were shown off to great effect by women's short hairstyles.