The three Marshall boy's outfits shown are intended to stand for outer
clothing as the most representative for the 1910s for three middle-class
boys. Of course, there were a variety of other possibilities for boys.
An important option was dressing all three boys in the same outfit.
The appropriate outfit was affected by the age. Therefore a style
would have been to be selected that was not too mature for Tom or
too juvenile for John. Here about the only appropriate garment for
the three Marshall boys would have been the sailor suit.
Boys aged about upto 6: Some younger boys wore dresses, but this was
much less common in the 20th century, especially by the 1910s. There
were a variety of outfits for younger boys. Boys and girls wore rompers
A very popular style for boys' Tom age was the tunic suit. We note
Russian blouse/tunic suits for boys from 2 1/2 up to 6 years of age.
We also see many boys wearing button-on outfits such as Oliver Twist
suits (the name refers to the fact that the buttoning resembled the
skeleton suits worn in the early 19th century, the era in which the
author Dickens set the story of Oliver Twist). Button-on styles were
increasingly popular in the 1910s and the Oliver Twist suits are a
primary example of this.
Wide brimmed hats were popular, but were often turned down. Sailor
caps were also worn.
Boys aged about upto 10: School age boys like Carl wore more mature
styles than boys like Tom. Boys still commonly wore (variously styled)
suits to school. The sailor suit was still popular, although only
worn by a minority of boys to school. The suits often were worn with
straight-leg knee pants.
In summer the boys wore blouses without suit jackets with knee pants
or a sailor suit.
Large collars were still popular for younger boys, but not as large
or fancy as in the 1900s.
Boys aged about upto 16: Knickers had become popular in the 1910s
and boy's John's age would probably wear a knickers suit. Both double
breasted and Norfolk styles (from 8 to 16 years of age) were popular.
In the United States knickerbocker pants were called just knickers.
In the 1910s knickers more and more replaced knee pants for older
Stockings: Boys began wearing knee socks in the 1910s, but long stockings
were much more common, especially black long stockings.
Shoes: High top shoes probably were the most common shoes for boys,
although oxfords did exist. Sandals were only beginning to become
popular and it seems that there were destinct social-class factors.
Sandals were worn by children from affluent families. And instep strap
shoes probably were more common, here again social class factors were
important. They were worn by younger children like Tom. And strap
shoes were also considered more formal than double strap sandals.
They were worn year round. The ankle strap shoe was a popular choice
when dressing up.
Hats: A variety of headwear styles were worn, but the flat cap was
the most popular style for school-age boys. Caps were becoming increasingly
popular for boys. One type of hat did continued to be worn, the wide-brimmed
sailor hat. Wide brimmed hats were popular, but were often turned
down. Here the entire brim might be turned down. We have also noted
boys wearing it with the brim turned down, but one side turned up
in a rather sporty style. The down-turned brim is a destinctive style
for the 1910s. Soft sailor caps were also worn, some rather like tams.
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