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It's thought that all young children – boys and girls – wore dresses to make nappy changing and toilet training easier. Some toddler gowns also had practical features, with fabric or ribbon ties sewn to them, as a kind of “lead” to keep them close and support them as they learnt to walk.May 16, 2018

Can you even believe that such a fuss is made of boys wearing dresses and skirts? Fact is that up until the early 20th century, little boys wore dresses and gowns well into their preschool years, and often beyond.

Once upon a time, all little boys wore dresses

In Western European countries, boys would be dressed like this until anything from 2 to 8 years old, with some boys documented wearing dresses into the late teens.

“Boys’ dresses were often made in brighter or darker colours and in plainer or stronger fabrics, and might have had chunky belts and trimmings and large metallic buttons, none of which were typical of girls’ dresses,” the V&A Museum of Childhood explains.

“Boys’ dresses were more tailored in appearance, and often had features associated only with clothing for boys, such as the opening down the front of the skirt, fashionable in the 1810s and 1820s.
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Thank you for sharing ❤️❤️❤️


@busyb2 perhaps this might enlighten you in regard as to
why the little ones wore dresses. Doll


@misslaulau ask on yesterday's puzzle of Hobby Horses:
Why were boys dressed in dresses back then???

Dollcollector wrote back:
I don't know but they were dressed that way long before the
Victorian times, I will see what I can find out. I was engaged to
a guy once, he was an only child, and one time I was over at his
house, and on the fireplace was a lovely portrait of a little girl
in a long dress with long blonde curls, he told me it was him. I was shocked, he was born 1938, I was born in 1941. I think his mother
adopted him, and had wished for a girl, and kept him like that
until he started to school. I am glad I didn't marry him.

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