United States Boys' Decorative Items: Sashes


Figure 1.--This American boy, we think in the 1860s apparently wanted his portrait taken in a uniform-like outfit. Note that the sah was added for a military uniform look.

One decorative item that was not very common for boys was the sash. We see sashes much less commonly than bows. The sash was initially a military style. We see officers wearing sashes with dress military uniforms. Military styles have strongly influenced men and boys wear. Sashes were such a formal style that they were not commonly used in boys clothing. We see a few boys wearing uniforms with sashes, but surpringly for a military-inspired style, the one outfit where the sash was employed was the Little Lord Fauntleroy suit. Not all boys wore sashes with theoir Funtleroy suits. We do see sashes with a number of the more formal Fauntleroy suits. We have also noted sashes being worn with dresses, but this was less common. A good example are unidentitified twin brothers from Muncie, Indiana, porbably in the 1870.

Military Sashes

The sash was initially a military style. We see officers wearing sashes with dress military uniforms. Military styles have strongly influenced men and boys wear. Sashes were such a formal style that they were not commonly used in boys clothing. We see a few boys wearing uniforms with sashes.

Fauntleroy Sashes

Surpringly for a military-inspired style, the one outfit where the sash was employed was the Little Lord Fauntleroy suit. Not all boys wore sashes with theoir Funtleroy suits. We do see sashes with a number of the more formal Fauntleroy suits.

Dresses

We have also noted sashes being worn with dresses, but this was less common. Most of the sashes we have found were worn with white dresses. Unfortunately because of the black and white photography of the day we can not tell what color the sashes are. A good example are unidentitified twin brothers from Muncie, Indiana, porbably in the 1870.







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