The cut-away jacket suit was worn with and without vests and with a variety of blouses, both plain and fancy blouses. We do not see the fancy vests that appeared later that were important to display. Generally the cut-away jacket was worn by younger boys. We tend to see vests being worn by the older boys in the age range wearing cut-away jackets. We do not yet have a fix on just how common it was to wear vests. We note boys with and without the vests. A good example of a vested cut-way jacket suit are two brothers wearing mathing suits about 1870. This was a period when the blouse was not all that important. Collars cout be tiny and the frint was unadorned. Thus covering the blouse was not an issue. which it became wuth the adventb iof the Fasuntleroy era (1880s). Here seasonality may have been a factor. Most portraits were not dated, but color and fabrics are often suggesive. We see large numbers of boys both with and without the vests. We have just begun to collect information on these vests. We do not yet have information on the styling of these vests. Unlike the vests we see at mid-century, the ones we see by the 1860s seem to mostly match the suit and pants.
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