Lace Collars: Coats

Figure 1.--This child wears an erlaborate lace collare on his or her coat. HBC is unsure if the child is a boy or girl.

Lace collars were primarily worn on fancy party suits and blouses. Many Fauntleroy suits were worn with penned on lace collars rather than a formal blouse. Children during cold weather would wear a generally plain coat over their party suots and dresses. The coats were generally styled the samer for younger boys and girls. While these coats were mostly plain, some mothers could not help but pen a lace collar on hem as well.

Lace collars for coats does not appear to have been a major fashion trend. Only a few available images show coats with lace collars. It is difficult to assess, however, as there are so few images of boys with their coats on. For the most part, mothers wanted photographs of their sons in their party suits when they went to the photographic studio. As a result, there are few images of the children in their coats.

Presumably girls would have been more likely to have worn a coat with a lace collar. Given the popularity of large lace and ruffled collars for boys in the late 19th and early 20th century, it is quite likely that boys also wore such coats.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: January 17, 2000
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