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Youth Soft and Cozy Sweatpants in 8 Colors. Boys' Pennant Tapered Pant. Previous Page 1 2 Categories Amazon Fashion Top Brands. Little Boys Big Boys Last 30 days Last 90 days. Free Shipping by Amazon. For working-class children, about whom we know even less than their better-off contemporaries, it may well have marked the start of a working life. The debate between his parents over the breeching of the hero of Tristram Shandy suggests that the timing of the event could be rather arbitrary; in this case it is his father who suggests the time has arrived.
In the 19th century, photographs were often taken of the boy in his new trousers, typically with his father. He might also collect small gifts of money by going round the neighbourhood showing off his new clothes.
Friends, of the mother as much as the boy, might gather to see his first appearance. A letter of from Lady Anne North to her widowed and absent son gives a lengthy account of the breeching of her grandson: Never had any bride that was to be dressed upon her wedding-night more hands about her, some the legs and some the armes, the taylor buttn'ing and other putting on the sword, and so many lookers on that had I not a ffinger [ sic ] amongst them I could not have seen him.
When he was quit drest he acted his part as well as any of them The dresses he wore before she calls "coats".
The first progression, for both boys and girls, was when they were shortcoated or taken out of the long dresses that came well below the feet that were worn by babies—and which have survived as the modern Christening robe. It was not possible to walk in these, which no doubt dictated the timing of the change.
Toddlers' gowns often featured leading strings , which were narrow straps of fabric or ribbon attached at the shoulder and held by an adult while the child was learning to walk.
After this stage, in the Early Modern period it is usually not too difficult to distinguish between small boys and girls in commissioned portraits of the wealthy, even where the precise identities are no longer known. The smaller figures of small children in genre painting have less detail, and painters often did not trouble to include distinguishing props as they did in portraits. Working-class children presumably were more likely than the rich to wear handed down clothes that were used by both sexes.
In portraits the colours of clothes often keep the rough gender distinctions we see in adults—girls wear white or pale colours, and boys darker ones, including red. This may not entirely reflect reality, but the differences in hairstyles, and in the style of clothing at the chest, throat and neck, waist, and often the cuffs, presumably do. In the 19th century, perhaps as childhood became sentimentalised, it becomes harder to tell the clothing apart between the sexes; the hair remains the best guide, but some mothers were evidently unable to resist keeping this long too.
By this time the age of breeching was falling closer to two or three, where it would remain. Boys in most periods had shorter hair, often cut in a straight fringe, whilst girls' hair was longer, and in earlier periods sometimes worn "up" in adult styles, at least for special occasions like portraits.
In the 19th century, wearing hair up itself became a significant rite of passage for girls at puberty , as part of their "coming out" into society.
Younger girls' hair was always long, or plaited. Sometimes a quiff or large curl emerges from under a boy's cap. Boys are most likely to have side partings, and girls centre partings. Girls' bodices usually reflected adult styles, in their best clothes at least, and low bodices and necklaces are common.
They frequently wear belts, and in periods when female dresses had a V at the waist, this is often seen on little girls, but not on boys. Linen and lace at the neck and cuffs tend to follow adult styles for each gender, although again the clothes worn in portraits no doubt do not reflect everyday wear, and may not reflect even best clothes accurately. Unbreeched boys of the nobility are sometimes seen wearing swords or daggers on a belt.
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