Long Stocking Patterns: Chronology


Figure 1.--Some boys at this Czech school wore stripped long stockings in 1897. I think these were home knitted.

Patterned stockings appear to have been popular from the 1860s through the 80s. We especially notice them in the 1870s. This is a little difficult to assess with percesion because many period portraits were not dated. They seem less popular in the 1890s. HBC has not noted boys wearing patterned stockings after the turn of the century. I do not have details on this, but is my general impression from a review of available images. There are a variety of factors affecting the chronology. One, advances in weaving allowing multiple-colored yarn to be machine woven. Two, the increasing tendency of boys after the 1850s to be dressed in knee pants (otherwise wearing patterned stockings would be senseless). Currently HBC's efforts to develop a chronology of patterned stockings is limited by the fact that we still have relatively few images and most of the images that we do have are not dated. This topic needs to be researched in dated clothing catalogs. We notice a French boy in the 1880s wearing stripped stockings. There may well be differences among countries. Home knitting may introduce more variery in the chronological pattern than the trends from commercial mills. Much of our information comes from America. We are not sure to what extent chronological trends in America were mirrored in Europe.

The 1850s


The 1860s

Patterned stockings appear to have been popular from the 1860s through the 80s. This is a little difficult to assess with percesion because many period portraits were not dated. Advances in weaving allowing multiple-colored yarn to be machine woven. The increasing tendency of boys after the 1850s to be dressed in knee pants (otherwise wearing patterned stockings would be senseless).

The 1870s

We especially notice striped long stockings n the 1870s. A good example is an unidentified American boy which we think was taken in the 1870s.

The 1880s

Wwe still see striped stockings in the 1880s, but not nearly as common in the 1870s. One never sees boys, for example. wearing stripped stockings with Fauntleroy suits. We notice a French boy in the 1880s wearing stripped stockings.

The 1890s

Striped stockings seem much less popular in the 1890s.

The 1900s

We have not yet found any examples of striped stockings after the gurn-of-the 20th century. As far was we can tell, striped stockings were no longer worn. Black long stockings were very common.






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