Figure 1.--Boys competing in Irish dance traditionally wore short dancing blazers and kilts. In recent years long black trousers have become more common.
We have begun to build a glossary of boys' clothing terms. As boys clothes until the 19th century was the sane as
adult male clothing, we have included many applicable men's clothing terms. We have also included some women's terms as
younger boys commonly wore dresses until the 20th century. As HBC is extensively used by non-native English speakers we plan to give considerable attention to this glossary so that words can be looked up. It will also serve as an index as we will provide links to the appropriate pages. We eventually hope to add foreign words, but that will take some time.
Irish step dancing: Boys doing Irish step dancing in Ireland, England, America, and other countries traditionally performed in kilts like Scottish dancers. The Irish dancing kilts were usully bright colors. Sonce the popularity of "River Dance", long black pants have become more common.
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