German Sailor Suits: Gender Trends--Styling

Figure 1.--THis German father is pictured with his young children, probably in the 1910s. They wear identidally styled middy blouses.

Both boys and girls might wear the same middy blouses. As far as we can tell there was no specific gender styles for middy blouses. The sailor dresses girls wore could also have the traditional styling of the middy blouse, but many while having sailor elements were much more fanciful. The styling of the sailor dresses was much more varied, especially in the 19th century. After the turn of the 20th century, especially after World War I, the styling of sailor dresses became more standardized--adopting the traditional styling of many middy blouses.


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