Sailor Suits: Suits without Dickies

Figure 1.--This European boy does not wear a dickey with his sailor suit. I'm not sure if it came without one or he is just not wearing it. Given that it is a formal portrait, you might think that his mother would have insisted on wearing the dickey if he had one. The portrait looks to have been taken in the 1930s. Notice how the scarfe is tied.

The vast majority of boys wearing sailor suits wire them with dickies. They were either te seoarate or sewn in type. The authors have noted, however, a few inages of boys wearing their sailor suits without dickies. This appears to have bern mostly a European fashion between World War I and II in the 1920s and 30s. This presumably was a summer fashion. Perhaps the boy had a dickie and simply did not wear it during the summer. A white sailor suit, however, would have been more appropriate for the summer.

Christopher Wagner

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