Dutch Boys' Clothes: Casual Styles

Figure 1.--THese boys are wearing the athletic-styled casual clothing that became so popular in the 1980s.

As in the rest of Europe, the continuing fashion trend among Dutch boys throughout the 20th century had been a trend from fancy formal clothing toward increasingly simple, comfortable clothing. Boys began to wear suits less commonly and turned to sweaters, open necked shirts and eventually jeans and "T" shirts. utch boys at the turn of the 20th century commonly wore suits. Younger boys might wear fancy Fauntleroy suits with lace collars and large bows. Kneepants with restrictive long stockings were common. Sailor suits were very popular. Gradually more comfortable styles appeared for younger boys with open collars. Little boys might wer rompers. Older boys wore short oants with kneesocks--more comfortable than long stockings and the needed stocking supporters. Suits were still cimmon, but gradualy declined in popularity. Casual styles became increasingly popular in the 1950s as American styles appeared in the Netherlands--perhaps an impact of World war II. Social changes in which children achieved greater influence in selecting their clothes were a major factor in the trend towar casual styles. By the 1970s sports wear began to become popular with boys who increasinly were able to convince their parents to purchase the popular new casual styles.

Christopher Wagner

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