Originally Posted by ColumbiaKai
I wore short pants (often Lederhosen) until I was about 8 or 10. Of course, growing up in So Calif this wasn't much of a hardship.
Yes, I hear the California Bavarians are a welcoming group.
Originally Posted by youngscientist
At school till eleven years old it was shorts, shirt, blazer, v-neck and tie. In the winter term we could wear trousers for a limited time, but either side of it was quite cold. Traditionally here at school young boys wore shorts pretty much all year round. That is becoming less and less common, but my little brother wore shorts at school most of the year till eleven as well, and that was only a few years ago.
Incredibly bizarre. Was it used as some sort of signaling device, i.e. to indicate that they aren't yet considered men?
Originally Posted by M.D.
At my (catholic) secundary school (12-18yrs) this rule existed for the girls. Except between All Saints Day (nov 1st) and Easter, skirts were mandatory :-)
Well, we all know why that is.
Originally Posted by Master Squirrel
My father wore short pants to school in a mining town in the UP in the 1930's. At about the age of twelve concerned adults talked to my grandparents about how their decision was causing much undue ridicule especially considering how the country was in a depression. Shortly there after the banker's son and my dad began wearing overalls and long pants. Thus the end of Buster Brown looking children in the Northwoods and the triumph of flannel!
This sounds like a SW&D fairy fable. Long live the workwear aesthetic, down with the MC gheyz.
Originally Posted by luftvier
May someone with historical knowledge explain the reason that young men wore shorts? Was it to compensate for the fact they they grow like weeds and would thus constantly need new longer trousers?
This would seem to be the logical reason, though if it's the case I'm not sure why the practice isn't enforced until the end of puberty. I think it must also constitute a kind of uniform.
Originally Posted by HHD
MusÃ©e de la Chasse et de la Nature, I'm guessing? Great place. Unless they were coming from rehearsals of The Sound of Music. I see children wearing those little knickerbockers around the Eglise de la Madeleine on a Sunday morning. That double-breasted coat with velvet collar, shorts for boys and kilts for girls is quite a nice traditional look for French children, but unfortunate once the kids are older than four or five. Bonpoint used to sell the costume, but Bonpoint is thought of as too nouveau or WAG these days.
Trop fort, monsieur. Although I suppose it helps that I can't think of another truly wacky museum in the city. Do you know any more of the history behind the costume in a regional context? As far as I can tell, it's just tradi bourgeois rather than bobo.