The boys collars has varied substantially over time. Boys' collars like men's collars rise and fall with fashion trends. The widths and shapes of collars have fluctuated with neckwear trends. Collars in the mid-19th century tended to be very small. This contrasted with the very large collars worn in the late-19th century. The huge floppy bows worn in the late-19th century rather overwealmed all but the largest collars. In some eras, boys' collars were identical or similar to men's collars, such as 18th Century jabots or moddern buttondowns. In other times they were different, such as sailor collars and Fauntleroy lace collats. Another important collar was the Eton collars worn in the late 19th and early 20th century. These were detachable collars. After World war I boys normally wore shirts with attached collars.
Boys at the beginning of the 18th Century wore the same lacey jabot that theie fathers wore. Actual specialized children's clothes only began to appear in the late 19th Century. One of these fashions was an open ruffled collar. Adults wore ruffled collars, but not open ruffled collars like boys, especially open collars.
We notice quite a range of different collar styles in the 19th century. Our information on the early 19th century is limited. We note open-neck and collar-buttoning styles. There were collars on bloses and shirts as well as detachable collars. The large, fancy collars would mostly worn by younger boys and were often used in age grading. But i the 1800s-2-s we see adultsearing large fancy colles as well. Boys at the beginning of the Century still wore open ruffled collars, often with skeleton suits. Gradually other styles appeared, such as wide white collars. The fashion of wearing collars closed became more prevalent after the 1820s. An American housewife invented the detachable collar in 1827 and by mid-century it had become widely dopted by middle-class Americans and Eurpeans wearing white shirts. Laundry was a daunting undertaking at the time. And the collar was the part of the shirt that got the dirties fastest. So the detchabl collar mean that people could wear shirts longer by meerly changing the collar. We know quite a bit about the mid- and late-19th century. With the advent of the CDV we have ahuge record of 1860s fashions. Some boys' collars were so small that they could barely be seen. We see some of the basic collar styles at mid-century, but in the 1860s they tend to be very small, although this varied from country to country. The Eton-styled collars wotn by American boys, for example, tended to be very small. We see larger collars in England. The popularity of cut-away jackets provided more information. Some boys' collars were so small that they could barely be seen. We see some of the basic collar styles at mid-century, but they tend to be very small. Others were normous. We also notice very plain collars as well as extremely fancy ones with lace and ruffles. We note open-neck and collar-buttoning styles. There were collars on bloses and shirts as well as detachable collars. The large, fancy collars were mostly worn by younger boys and were often used in age grading.
Lace collars became less prevalent after the turn of the century, but ruffled collars became more common. Wide white collars were worn with Buster Brown suits. The Peter Pan collar became popular for
young boys while older ones continued wearing Eton collars until after Worldwar I the 1920s when they were increasingly repalaced by soft collars. No major developments occured with boys' collars during the mid-20th Century. Eton collars rapidly declined in popularity, but did not wntirely disappear until the 1950s. And even a juvenile version was worn by younger boys with Eton suits. Younger boys might also wear Peter Pan collars. The preppy look became wide spread in the 1950s and button-down collars became popular. No major developments ocuurred in the late 20th Century. Peter Pan collars became less common for little boys. Buttons downs continued to be popular. Very large pointed collars were briefly popular in the 1970s. Button-down collars were popular, but no longer just a preppy style.
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