In 1894, a Harper's Bazaar writer reporting from Paris was "struck with the popularity of the bolero."1 Among young Parisian women, short jackets paired with gored skirts and taffeta blouses were worn as street dresses, i.e. for activities that took place outside the home, such as shopping or visiting a cafe. In an attempt to pinpoint the origin of these jackets, the Harper's Bazaar reporter looked to the cafe waiters of Paris. As the garcons of Paris's many cafes typically wore short, open jackets with a rolled collar, the writer suggested that the jackets worn by Parisian women were most accurately named garcon de cafe jackets.