Regency fashion for children: Skeleton Suits!

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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I put my son into a short pants version of such a suit for Easter one year so know exactly how difficult it was for small boys to go to the toilet in them. The suit had been his father’s but we decided that the one ceremonial wearing was sufficient. Modern clothes are so much easier . Of course, most of the boys who wore such clothes in the past had attendants to care for them and watch them every minute so little fingers didn’t have to contend with buttons.
I have seen modern versions of such clothes in the high end children’s fashion shops or they do look darling .


I agree about how cute they are. However, I also agree that they would be horror when the boy had to use the privy in a hurry. A boy wearing that one piece undergarment as well would have to undress. unless there is an opening I can’t see. I know boys who became so engrossed in playing that they barely made it to the toilet to pull down shorts or unzip a fly..
However, I also think they were rather trained to use the toilet at certain times and not much between those times. They also didn’t have opportunities to be eating and drinking between set meal times so that there were fewer occasions when the need was urgent.


It is fascinating to see these clothes – I love fashion history and enjoyed seeing the exhibitions in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Shambellie House in Scotland and The Assembly Rooms in Bath. I am relieved that they are no longer in fashion today as my 2 year old Grandson lives in Australia and usually wears shorts and a T-shirt – I hate to think how he would manage dressed in some of those fashions. Thanks again


These look awfully cumbersome for when the boys need to use the toilet. But they do look cute! Thank you for sharing these with us.

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