French Rompers: Matching Rompers

Figure 1.--This French brothers were photographed anout 1947 in matching smocks. They are about 2 and 2 years old. The front of the rompers are very heavily smocked. Notice the puff sleeves on rompers. These are rather dressy rompers with flower paterned material. Click on the image for more details.

French mothers as mothers in other countries liked to dress their children in matching outfits. In the case of rompers this was always brothers. This was because rompers were a boys' outfit. Girls did not wear rompers. HBC has not noted brothers and sisters dressed in matching rompers, although that does not mean it was never done. We note that in recent years, since the 1980s that rompers began to seen asmore of a generic toddler's garment. Thus today in France, girls might wear rompers. This was somewhat different than smocks in which all the children could be dressed alike. Dressing brothers in matching rompers would mean that children of sometimes substantial age differemces could be dressed alike. White only a few years apart, there are substantial differences between younger boys.

Christopher Wagner

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