Clothing and Gender in America: Children's Fashions, 1890-1920

  title={Clothing and Gender in America: Children's Fashions, 1890-1920},
  author={Jo B. Paoletti},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={136 - 143}
  • Jo B. Paoletti
  • Published 1 October 1987
  • Education
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Despite several decades of women's adopting traditionally masculine garments and styling, there are still many differences between what is considered appropriate dress for men and women. These differences may be obvious (women wear high-heeled shoes, men do not) or subtle (women's shirt buttons are sewn on the left, men's are sewn on the right). Children in our society begin to learn these distinctions before they have started school, as they begin to select their own clothing and dress… 
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