Boys and girls wore a variety of light weight, usually cotton materials. Before the invention of air conditionig, a light weight summer dress could be a very compfortable outfit, although we note somne were worn with long stockings.
Gingham seems to have been a popular light-weight material for dresses. Ginham was often done in a checked or other pattern. Cotton voile was another popular fabric. We also note white dresses, although we are not sure about the material. We see quite a few American boys wearing white or light-colored dresses, it is sometimes difficukt to differentiate in black and whote portraits. We also note what look like prints on light-colored dresses. The summer dreesses often had open necks as well as short sleeves. Both boys and girls wore these light-weight dresses. As far as we can tell the styles were similar for both boys and girls.
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