Button-on Clothing Styles: Sailor Suits

Figure 1.--The Dutch fashion magazine "Libelle" showed these matching brother-sister sailor suits in 1950. I'm not sure what sizes were involved. Notice the button-on styling.

The sailor suit was not one of the more common styles made with button-on styling. The sailor suit was an enomously popular style for boys in both Europe and America, yet we have relatively few examples of button-on sailor suits. This was probably because the popular middy blouse blouse was bloused worn over the pants rather than being tucked in, complicating the use of button-on styling. Also during the period in which button-on styling was most common from about the 1920s-40s, the popularity of the sailor suit was declining. Even so, sailor suits for boys have been made with button-on styling. This was the case both in America and Europe.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: February 23, 2002
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