Children’s clothing or kids’ clothing is clothing for children who have not yet grown to full height. The clothing is often more casual than adult clothing, fit for play and rest.
Young children dance in a circle Children’s clothing needs to be useful for playing. In the early 21st century, however, childrenswear became heavily influenced by trends in adult fashion.
Grandma bait is a retail industry term for expensive children’s clothing. Due to the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram, celebrities and fashion bloggers have been using their accounts to post pictures of their children wearing luxury “street style” clothing, thus inspiring parents to dress their children as they would dress themselves.
Good quality, well-designed garments are a priority for some parents, and children’s clothing is getting a prime place in top-label stores and high-end fashion retail outlets. Clothes are also getting separately designed for boys and girls at a very early age.
Childhood is distinct from certain parameters in all societies, from infancy to adolescence; societal expectations about children’s abilities, limitations, and how they look are present at all stages of their development.
In every era, clothing plays an important role in the “look” of childhood. An overview of the history of children’s clothing reveals changes.
Early Children’s Clothing
Identically dressed daughter and son in an elegant Parisian home (1878)
Children, regardless of gender, shared styles and cuts before the twentieth century.
From the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, both men and women wore gowns, tunics, and robes. The gown became a thing for women, newborns, and toddlers only after men’s attire evolved into two-piece clothes, shirts, and breeches.
Children’s styles evolved from gowns to adult garments as they grew older.
Gowns for women and babies
Most women, girls, and toddler boys wore garments made of lightweight fabrics like silk or cotton during the 1800s.
While men’s clothes changed dramatically as they grew older in the nineteenth century, girls’ dresses stayed relatively unchanged.
Women’s attire did not alter much in terms of cut or stylistic detail, from their birth robes to the skirted outfits they wore their entire lives.
The fundamental distinction between children’s and women’s fashion was that the length of the dress steadily increased, eventually reaching the floor by mid-adolescence.