White Middy Blouses

Figure 1.--This boy on a post card used in the Netherlands in 1921 wears a white middy blouse with a blue "V" collar. Note the absence of a dicky and the white scatve. I do not know where the card was made.

The white suits were more popular in the warm summer months and were made in a lighter material such as linnen. The white suits became increasingly common after the turn of the century. Some white or off-white suits blue and other colored stripes. A few middy blouses were all white, but the most common varriant was a white blouse with varying amounts of color in the sailor collar--especily the striping detail. The collar detail was normally repeated at the cuff. Many white middy blouses for warm weather wear came without a dicky. The scarve varied, it could be white blue, or black. The scarve knot also varied. The color of the collar on white middy blouses was normally blue, but this was not always the case. This appears especially common in European middy blouses. These white middy blouses were very commonly worn in Europe, somewhat less so in America. White middy blouses were wirn with both white and blue trousers.

Christopher Wagner

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