FDR and His Dress

I’m sure a few of us are more than a little amused that Franklin D. Roosevelt wore a dress as a child. That particular photo was taken in 1884, and (according to the Smithsonian) during this period (and for centuries earlier), children of both genders wore dresses, and sometimes long hair as well. At this time, gender-neutral children’s clothing came in white, white, black, and white. It was not until the early 1900s that blue and pink became specifically “boy” or “girl” colors (and likewise “boy” and “girl” styles emerged), and it was not until even later, during the 1940s, that this became popularly accepted. The popularization of this perception may have been helped along by the rise of department stores and turn-of-the-century consumerism, which slowly standardized American living. The baby boomers were the first generation to be subjected to this new dress code. Their children, the Generation X-ers, were subjected to even stricter styles as the 1960s feminist movement subsided and a reactionary gender-specific movement emerged. 

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