Recently I have once again looked at old children's photo albums from the family. It struck me that I seem to have been wearing only knit jacket baby blanket,knitting, s and nicky onesuits throughout the baby and toddler days. Looking at today's toddlers, I see a lot of different fashion cuts, colorful patterns and chic outfits that are in no way inferior to those of adults. This suggests that kids' fashion is subject to constant change, as is adult fashion.

Fashion earlier: You are what you wear

Earlier, the worn clothes reflected the respective civil status and social origin . The choice of clothing was therefore dependent on the family budget. Only the associated optics of a person made it possible to assign him to a specific social class. It is only since the 17th century that clothing has become an expression of the desire for fashionable experimentation with something new. But this privilege was intended primarily for aristocratic circles and for budgetary reasons the average citizen hardly possible. Kiskissing wholesale kids clothing has been closely related to adult clothing over the past centuries, A fashion awareness for children's clothing, also in the sense of a comfortable fit or practical benefits, did not exist then. In addition to the differences in class, children's clothing was also used to distinguish between the sex and the age of the child. But how exactly do we have to present today the children's clothing from the past centuries?

Children's fashion a few hundred years ago

Children's clothing centuries ago: mainly hard-wearing

Until the 16th century, full-body wrapping of infants and toddlers was commonplace. Although the little ones in the wrapped towels and cloth diapers could hardly move, but their sensitive skin and the delicate body were well protected. Between the ages of 3 and 6 boys and girls wore floor-length dresses . Depending on the weather, shirts or capes were pulled over them. Pants for children were still largely unknown. This also had a practical background, because the children could do their business faster. Clothing was heavily dependent on the social importance of the family, That means in noble families the finest fabrics of silk or noble materials like brocade or velvet were used. In the working class simple, mostly dark weaves of linen or wool, which were often very scratchy, but robust. Kids' clothing was passed on in the family and worn by several children. Since the clothes were often not washed for weeks, they had to be hard-wearing and, if possible, dark-colored . Wearing white, light-colored clothing was only possible on special occasions and even higher-ranking families, and children should not be allowed to get dirty either way.

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the girls of the higher social strata were usually put on lace-up bodices to form the body at an early age. Over it came floor-length robes, which were often embroidered nobly and elaborately. In the lower class, however, an apron or a carrier or shirt dress was often worn over the wide-cut undergarment.

Girl's photo from earlier

In the past, girls often wore several dresses and aprons on top of each other

Children's Fashion in the 19th Century: Like the grown-ups, so the little ones

At the beginning of the 19th century, children's clothing began to become more practical. In the upper classes, it was fashion to dress girls in pink and boys in blue - a trend that began to prevail in the early 20th century in civil society and partially continues today. Noble boys were given the first one-piece suits in the 19th century , otherwise they wore over-knee children's clothing with tights underneath.


Shaped by strict cuts and dark fabrics: kids' clothing into the 19th century

During the Biedermeier period (1815-1848), sailor suits and sailor coats were considered especially chic by boys in middle-class circles. Around the age of 6, children's clothing increasingly differed from boys and girls, but it was very similar to that of adults. For the boys that meant wearing trousers and uniforms , girls long dresses and blouses . Even hats were a must in children's clothing for a long time and no child from the higher social class was allowed to wear a hat on the street. Wearing sturdy shoes was reserved for the richer population. Poor children ran barefoot at all times or, if they were lucky, wore wooden slippers.

Group picture with children from earlier

In rank and file and with a sailor suit: That was considered chic up to the turn of the millennium

The 20th century revolutionized children's fashion

By the mid-20th century, wearing knickerbocker pants became popular with children. Often the pants were made of robust leather - so could withstand many uses, but did not stand out for comfort. From the 1940s to the 1960s, boys mostly wore short carrier cloth pants with wool stockings in combination with shirts or jumpers. In addition, the wearing of a headscarf was common in boys wearing boys hat and in girls, especially in working people and in the rural population. Also with the obligatory, usually terribly scratching knee socks in combination with skirts, dresses and blouses , adolescent girls were dressed at that time. TheTraditional clothing played in Germany around the time of World War II and even two decades later, an important role in children's fashion. At the beginning of the fifties, the fashion industry finally followed the American model and also madefashion breakthroughs in petticoats and jeans in kids' fashion.

Children's fashion costumes socks

Traditional fashion was popular in the 30s - 50s. Today you can still see them in the countryside or on festive occasions

In the mid-sixties clothes became increasingly comfortable. Looks in the form of cloth trousers, swinging skirts and dresses, blouses and shirts as well as turtleneck pullovers dominated the children's outfits. From about the 60s, it was finally allowed the girls to wear pants . For fabrics, cotton and low-maintenance materials were increasingly chosen, as many households were now equipped with washing machines. Synthetic fibers were also added in the 1960s and 1970s and polyesters became the material of choice for these decades.

Child with suit

Suit, hat and tie are also available for the little ones

Baby and children's clothing today: Versatile, fashionable and comfortable

Since at the beginning of the 20th century an independent children's fashion and with the invention of the romper in the mid-fifties also a broader section for baby clothes developed, which many citizens could afford, the differences in standing disappeared in everyday life.

60s child and mother

In the mid-20th century, fashion for babies conquered the market

On festive occasions, childrenswear was increasingly resorting to extravagant cuts and fine materials to distinguish between everyday clothing and festive clothing. In addition to the fabric selection, large, popular brands began to revolutionize the adult and children's fashion in the bourgeoisie as well. This splits the fashion into exclusive houte couture and affordable mass-produced goods . Meanwhile there are even children's labels that have specialized exclusively in the production and distribution of kids' clothing - and are therefore very successful!

The use of bright colors, eye-catching prints and child-friendly patterns also made it easier to distinguish between adult and child-friendly clothing. In addition, the children's clothing should be more practical and comfortable from the 80s, which also explains my impression to have grown up in cuddly Nicki.

Playful baby clothes

Playful and cute she must be - baby fashion of today

Since about the turn of the millennium, more and more attention has been paid to safety in children's clothing . Cords and ribbons are banished, as they are the cause of dangerous entanglement while playing. So that the little ones are dressed quickly, zippers and snaps are used. In addition, special cuts or garments in mini format, which were previously reserved only for the adult world, are now hip. These include jackets for children(also made of pleasant sweat material), bodysuits and shirts with collar and tie print, chic sequin skirts with comfort waistband and much more. A trend can be observed that seems very familiar to me from past centuries: children's clothing is increasingly becoming a status symbol used. However, it is not a matter of showing society the origin of the offspring. But what in the present time of unlimited possibilities, also thanks to the extensive choice of children's clothing, everything can become of him! So today's conclusion to children's fashion is no longer in comparison to the past: You are what you wear but rather: You carry what you want to be.

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