Yesterday's post, Sara's First Time, refreshed my memory about young boys wearing dresses in previous eras.
My mother put me in a very girly dress for my baptism, but after the festivities, she put my dress away in her cedar chest and that was the end of my publicly-approved days as a boy in a dress.
Two or three generations earlier, I would be en femme full-time until I was breeched. I wonder what effect that would have had on my penchant for femininity. I'm sure it would have intensified my feminine ways and make the transition to boy mode unbearable.
Anyway, when I first discovered that once upon a time boys wore dresses, I researched the matter to see how widespread it was (it was) and why boys wore dresses in the first place.
According to a piece by Judy Mercer Tescher of the Pendleton Historical Museum in Indiana, "It appears the original decision to place boy infants in a dress was a practical choice to facilitate wearing or not wearing a diaper. Extending the number of years that boys wore dresses is a larger story of societal change, philosophy, industrial and marketing forces, emotional needs and an array of other factors."
If you are curious like I was, I urge you to read Ms. Tescher's revealing article, "In History: Why little boys wore dresses."
|Wearing Temperley London dress, alice + olivia clutch and Aquazzura sandals.|
|German boys and girl participating in Geschlechtertausch, 2016.|