Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sepia Saturday - Sailor Suit

Today's Sepia Saturday Suggestion is a photograph of a woman and child at the beach doing something in the sand. The woman is dressed all in a dark color, probably black, and the child is sporting a sailor style outfit appropriate for a day at the beach. The sailor uniform styling was quite popular from about the turn of the century (1900) and went on for many decades.

So today for Sepia Saturday, lets look at some photographs where the "Sailor Tailor" or the sailor uniform styling is evident.

At the right is an actual sailor's uniform from WW2. The wide cape-like collar and the flared "bell-bottom" trousers were popular for some time but the big knotted scarf/tie was seen most often. The style was adapted into women's fashions and some children's clothing.

It was popular to say the least.
Let's look at a few examples.

Two uniforms

Bryan acts silly with mom
Mom and boy
Woman and 6 children

Family of Five
Balance act
Sailor collar

Helen wasn't really in the Navy
Verlie Clark
woman, sailor shirt 1907 1920

Young woman
Woman in Sailor style
Front of the house

Four in a row
Fifteen girls, lollies and dollies

Laura Davis
Two girls

Garnet Snoddy
Girl and sailor scarf
woman and scarf

Three women
Four girls posing
Fashion statement.

Four children and a dog
headbands are in

At the Beach
Sailor suit
Two Women

Sailor suit salute
windy beach
Small boy

Two children in sailor suits
Child in a sailor suit

Girl in sailor suit
This one strays from the design quite a ways but the influence is still evident.

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  1. Wow - so many variations on the one little theme. I love the little kid in the 'salute' photo - so cute.

    1. Thanks Jackie van Bergen. Yes, the salute photograph was probably for the daddy who was in the navy. Big bows are in a category I have been collecting for a long time.

  2. Oh my goodness, what a lot of sailor suits - I have precisely zero photographs of sailor-suited people whatsoever! I wonder why they were so popular.

    1. Thanks Jo Featherston. You know, I have no idea why the style was so popular for so long. I had some bell bottom jeans at one time. That was in the 60's. Some of the photographs on this page go back before the 20's. That's at least 40 years that I know of.

  3. Oh, wow! What a cornucopia! I love the theme, following sailor uniforms as a fashion trend. Inspired. And so much fun to look through!

    1. Thanks Lisa. I am glad you enjoyed them. I always watch for costumes in old photographs.

  4. That's a lot of sailor suits and middies and scarves! My favorite is actually the little bitty 'sailor' across from the little saluting fellow.

    1. Thanks La Nightingale. Isn't his hat just precious?

  5. I remember having to wear a middie blouse as a uniform (60s/early 70s). Hated it. With a passion. Never understood the appeal of the fashion.

    1. Thanks violet s. I never understood the fashion either; maybe for a brief period, but this went on for decades. I just thought of something. Do you suppose "middie" was short for mid-shipman?

  6. A super collection of nearly every variety of sailor suit. Wikipedia attributes the popularity of the children's version of the sailor collar to an 1846 portrait of Prince Albert, Prince of Wales and later King Edward VII. I think there was more to it than that, especially with the women's style which seems a practical and casual fashion for summer.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. There's quite a variety of the style. A trend from a painted portrait is entirely possible and there's probably more to it, as you say. The tip for fashions often stems from something that our celebrities do, at least in modern times. Take Jackie Kennedy for an example. Thanks for the link.

  7. That Lorine from Vancouver is a cutie isn't she. So confident.

    1. Thanks Boobook. Yes, I wonder if she knew what a striking photograph that is. I figure she would be in her '90's today.

  8. With so many shots of sailor suits I should really have remember all those in my brother's WWII pictures. Like your early picture his were 'real.'

    1. Thanks Bob Scotney. It was a very popular fad for a long time it appears. I have a collection of "real" uniforms too.

  9. I remember middies being popular with girls for a while when I was young, but I never had one.

    1. Thanks Postcardy. I didn't have one either. I did have a little GI costume when I was about five. I don't remember it but there are photographs...



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