Sashes on Boys' Clothing: Chronology

Figure 1.--This unidentified Boston child wears a white dress with a colored sash, probably blue. We think the chid is a boy despite the center part. He certinly looks like a boy and we think that is a boy doll on the chair. He looks to be about 5 years old. The CDV portrait is undated, but we would guess was taken in the late-1870s. The studio is W. Shaw Warren in Boston.

Sashes were not a common item for children. But we do see some children wearing them. This was mostly girls, but we do see some boys. We mostly see boys wearing sashes during the 19th century. We mostly see this during the late-19th century. Almost all the images we have found showing boys wearing sashes come from the lae-19th century. This could, however, because the photographic record is much more extensive during the this period. The examples we have found for boys ar primarily associated with the late-19th century Fauntleroy craze. We see, however, boys wearing sashes with other outfits as well. We also see girls wearing sashes with dresses and this continued into the 20th century. The sash was a formal item. So girls mostly war them with formal dresses like party dresses. And some of the younger boys not yet breeched in the 19th century also wore sashes. The numer of such images are all almost entirely from the 9th century. This of course is die to the fact thatvafter the turn-of the 20th century we see the convention of younger boys wearing dresses disappearing.


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