American Little Lord Fauntleroy Suits: Garments--Blouses and Collars


Figure 1.-- This unidentified American boy was from Anna, Illinois. The portrait is undated, but we would guess was taken in the late-1880s or early 90s. He looks to be wearing a Fauntleroy blouse, but it is sometimes difficult to destinguish between a Fauntleroy blouse and pin-on collars and cuffs.

The classic Fauntleroy suit of the mid-1880s was worn with blouses that had lace or ruffled collars. The collar and blouse were a very important part of the Fauntleroy style. We see fewer lace coolars by the late 1890s. The Fauntleroy blouse that the boy here wears is an example of this (figure 1). In this case you can see most of the jacket. Some Fauntleroy jackets were much smakler. Some boys wore pin-on lace collars rather than a fancy blouse. Often there wee matching sleece cuffs. This was often the case for actual lace collars. Real lace was quite expensives. Thus it was oftten no used as blouse collars. Or if it was used, it was only as trim. It is not always easy to tell if the collar and cuffs are actually part of the blouse or not. Fauntleroy blouses or trim items like collars and cuffs were not always worn with actual Fauntleroy suits. Rather they might be worn with regular sack suits, giving the impression of a Fauntleroy suit. Because the Fauntleroy suit was especially popular in America, the Fauntleroy blouse was also an especially popular American style. We also see boys wearing Fauntleroy blouses without a jacket. This was especially common during the summer.

Blouses

The classic Fauntleroy suit of the mid-1880s was worn with a cut-away jacket showing off a blouse that had lace or ruffled collars--commonly very large collars and front ruffels. Some of these blouses had huge collars. The classic jacket was a sall velvet cut-away jacket. This mean that that the fancy blouse could be seen to full affect. The collar and blouse were a very important part of the Fauntleroy style. The Fauntleroy blouse that the boy here wears is a good example of this (figure 1). Note that you can see most of the jacket. On many Fauntleroy outfits the jacket was smaller. Sometimes you could almost not see the jacket, It is not always easy to tell if the collar and cuffs are actually part of the blouse or not. Because the Fauntleroy suit was especially popular in America, the Fauntleroy blouse was also an especially popular American style. We also see boys wearing Fauntleroy blouses without a jacket or with a light-weight jcket. This was especially common during the summer.

Pin-on Collars

Many pin-on collars were lace collars. There were also pin-on ruffled collars. We beliece that they were less common. Lace collars seem most common in the 1880s and early 90s. We see fewer lace coolars by the late 1890s. Some boys wore pin-on lace collars rather than a fancy blouse. Often there wee matching sleeve cuffs. This was often the case for actual lace collars. Real lace was quite expensives. Thus it was oftten no used as blouse collars. Or if it was used, it was only as trim. Pin-on collars were commonly worn worn with collar-buttoning jackets. Fauntleroy blouses or trim items like collars and cuffs were not always worn with actual Fauntleroy suits. Rather they might be worn with regular sack suits, giving the impression of a Fauntleroy suit.







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