United States Boys' Clothes Chronology: The 1910s--Hair Styles

Figure 1.-- Here we see the five children of an unidentified American family, three girls and two boys. They look to be about 2-13 years old. The boys have short hair. The younger boys may have just had short curls cut. The older boy wears a lapel jacket, the younger boy a tunic suit with an bow and Eton collar. The girls wear fancy white dresses with uncurled shoulder-length hair and huge hair biows. This was a photograph and not a cabinet card. It is undated, but looks like the 1910s to us.

Boys in the 1910s wore short hair. The oky exceoption was very young boys which might have curls. The long ringlets found in the late-19th and early-20th cntury are no longer seen in any numbers. We see a range of short hair styles. Bangs were popular for younger boys. We still see a few boys with center parts. This was a popular style in the 1900s, but side parts were standard. Girls commonly had long hair. Ringlets variously styled were common. Ringlets took quite a bit of work, so often we see girls with long uncurled hair. We see some girls with moderate bobs by the end of the decade, but this was a style more associated with the 1920s. The style most associated with girls in the 1910s were enormous hair bows, both white and colored bows. They were variously arranged on the head. Huge bows were all the rage. Both little girls and teenagers wore them.


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Created: 8:42 AM 6/23/2018
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