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Victorian Girl's School Uniform

This school uniform is a replica of one worn in the 19th century by a girl aged between 12-15. The uniform is made up of a blouse, tunic dress and pinafore. The white blouse has a round collar and fastens down the front. The starched white pinafore goes over the top of the blue tunic, and is buttoned at the back.

Back-buttoning pinafores were common in the middle of the 19th century. Sometimes boys wore pinafores too. Pinafores were large and roomy to let the children move freely, play and run about at break times. And children did drill, which involved a series of stretches, jumps and movements, in class.

A white pinafore was worn over the blue dress to keep it clean and tidy. School pupils wrote using ink and they often wiped their inky hands on their clothes. The pinafore stopped the blue dress from becoming stained with ink smudges. Younger children used slates and pencils and the pinafore kept the dust off their clothes.

White pinafores were often part of the school uniform for children at church schools and charity schools. They covered the child's ordinary clothes. A starched white pinafore looked clean and smart.

Victorian schools were often very strict about appearances. 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness' was a frequent saying. Children were inspected regularly. They were expected to have clean clothes, hair and nails. Boys had to have short hair while girls were expected to tie their hair back neatly.




 
Victorian Girl's School Uniform

 
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