The other day I stumbled upon a wonderful article from the Smithsonian Magazine that discusses gender, clothing & color (of clothing). It is packed with rich history and references and, in my opinion, much too dense to summarize here — though I will attempt to do just that.
I highly recommend that you all read the post if you haven’t already over at their website, link posted below.
While I have been aware for quite some time that boys used to wear pink while the preferred color for girls was blue, I had no idea that it was completely normal practice for boys to wear dresses for their first few years of life.
Along the way, of course, things changed radically but it is fascinating to discover this bit of trivia. As we all know, today’s society is unbelievably extreme when it comes to both clothing items and colors. I still get questions and weird looks if I wear a pink or lavender men’s shirt!
It is very interesting that society actually regressed in this area of life from being very open to very close-minded.
President Roosevelt in a dress.
Check out the article here.