The power and influence of fashion is undeniable. Our interest (or obsession) in fashion has gone down to the kids. Today, stylish kids fill up the social media with their presence. Young boys and girls have come to a face off with adults as to who looks better than whom. Mom and daughter or dad and son ‘twinning’ created a hype in the worldwide web. This is the reason why for the past couple of years, kids’ wear have become broader, this time complementing that of the adults.
Stealing the spotlight, kids in their most fashionable looks are definitely the eye-candies in any event. Well, the kids themselves never fail to catch other people’s attention. But with fascinating and striking fashion, they can melt anybody’s heart. The influence is glaring with kids’ fashion these days. Some are inspired by the fashion of their own parents, others from their favorite artists and personalities. Other kids are influenced by the movie or television shows they follow.
Younger kids take their style primarily from their own parents who are fond of dressing them up. As they age, they personally find the style or look they always want to sport. One of the many things we love about kids’ fashion is the fact that they wear clothing that matches their personality. Moreover, these clothes exude authenticity since kids bear the innocence and rawness that can only be attributed to them.
It is amazing how kids’ fashion has become such a big deal at the present that we decided to write about it. Kids of today are not only picky when it comes to food; they also tend to be selective by the clothes they wear. Notwithstanding, kid’s fashion is a growing industry that is slowly taking over just as men and women’s fashion.
More than the style aspect of kids’ fashion, this area transcends to the pressing issues in the society today in the field of economy, psychology, and research especially on matters like the importance or role of children in the family and society, the idea of gender roles among children, and the practice of parenting.
For a long time in the past, clothing for children did not denote gender exclusivity. Their clothes were not designed so as to distinguish boys from girls or vice versa. Both wore some kind of robe, tunics, or gown. The distinction began when young boys were dressed with separates, while the girls remained wearing skirted clothing.
In the 1700s, one remarkable evolution in kids’ fashion transpired. Swaddling became the norm, which means that they were wrapped in linen to immobilize them with an end goal of straightening and support the limbs. It was in mid 1700s that the practice of swaddling declined by reason that it could bring more damage than support to a baby’s health. When they are two or four months old, they are taken out of the swaddle and placed into long linen with fitted bodice and skirt. As the babies learn to crawl, they shifted to ankle-length skirt, but still with a boned or stiffened bodice, which girls were supposed to wear until their early teenage years. Meanwhile, boys, after pulling them out of the long linen were breeched until the time comes their physique look mature to wear adult-looking vests or coats.
By 1770s, boys began wearing loose or more relaxed clothing similar to the adults that include open-neck shirts and loose coat. Girls, on the other hand, sported frock-style, high-waisted dresses until they reached their teenage years.
Then, in 1780s, skeleton suit was a thing for young boys. They are made of trousers at ankle-length buttoned on a short jacket with wide, ruffled collar, which fit closely to the body. Older boys, meanwhile, wore skeleton suit, as well as, breeches.
Not long after, in 1800s, there were few changes in the clothing for kids. They were then at the time crafted from white cotton, primarily because they are easier to wash and bleach. These cotton garments were designed with fitted bodice and embroideries and lace. By mid-century, colorful prints came out and were used in toddler’s apparel. In 1860s to 1880s, four to seven-year-old boys shifted to skirted bottoms, which were simpler than the girls’, while older boys adopted knickers or those knee-length pants. By 1890s, as the use of breeching dropped, boys had started to wear long trousers.
As for young girls in the nineteenth century, they were shorter and only lower until floor-length as they approach their mid-teen years. Moreover in mid-1800s, girls’ dress resembles the dress of women. Children’s garments featured off-shoulder neckline with puffed or cap sleeves. Their dresses included waistband and were available in different prints. By 1860s, dresses for girls had emphasis on the back and with more elaborate details. Meanwhile, in 1890s, schoolgirl outfit consisting of pleated skirts and sailor blouses was a thing.
By 1900s, the fashion scene for babies has turned from short white dresses for both baby girls and boys to rompers. In 1920s, the long dresses were reserved as christening gowns. The rompers, opposite to white dresses, were available in both solid hues and gingham checks. Later, new designs like floral and fauna emerged. What was originally worn as a unisex garment, rompers were then introduced by motifs that would classify the babies according to their sex. So girls had flowers, while boys had drums.
Apart from the classification in terms of style, there was also color attribution to sexes. Boys had pink, while girls were represented by blue. This color coding went on until post- World War when there was an interchange of color representation. A progressive group, even, in 1970s pushed for nonsexist labeling of clothes.
Fast forward, in 1940s to 1970s, girls started abandoning skirt or dress for trousers, except in certain occasion that require them to wear dress or full skirt. But the teenagers in the 1900s have become rebellious in fashion as youth culture was formed including the jazz and baby-boom generations.
Baby Boys’ Fashion
Those adorable photos of baby boys you see in Pinterest have definitely caught your attention, a part of it is because of their cute outfits. It is not everyday that these kids are young so make sure they also look stylish when you snap those photos. Baby boys have a wide range of choices for their shirts, shorts, jeans, and sneakers. And when you are living in cold areas, you know how important it is to keep children this young from cold. Keep them warm with jackets and scarves, while making sure the materials used work well with their skin.
Baby Girls’ Fashion
Mommies like to dress up their babies every time they go out. So the next time you do, doll your babies with eye-catching and fancy clothing that are available in pastel or bright colors, which will surely complement the baby’s mood or personality. Baby girls never go wrong with dresses and skirts that you can match with either sandals, sneakers, or boots.
Boys (2 to 12 years) Fashion
Now that your baby has started to inject his sense of style, introduce him to cool and stylish pieces that are perfect for their age, and we mean the series of activities they do during these years. Of course, boys will be boys. They will definitely enjoy playing and being active, so denim shorts, casual shorts, and jeans are must-haves. At this age, boys will enjoy experimenting with accessories like glasses, hats or caps, and backpacks. Don’t forget the parties you will have to attend with him so start investing in sophisticated trousers, coats, blazers, or vests.
Girls (2 to 12 years) Fashion
Girls two to twelve years old are fond of the magical world of princes and princesses, but at the same time enjoy wearing mum’s heels. For a hassle-free prep-up, make sure your daughter is excited to dress up whatever she likes. They could be dress up like off-duty supermodels in cute shirts and bomber jackets, or go out beach-ready in nice shorts or dress. Staple in their closets are well-fitted jeans for casual days and statement pieces perfect for parties or other occasions. Complete their closet with functional and cute accessories.
Teenage Boys Fashion
Now, that they are only years closer to manhood, these teenage boys definitely know what they want when it comes to styling. Teenagers try to deviate themselves from the bold and cute prints and opt for minimalist or monochrome. They like their clothes to be simple, neat, but totally cool. Among the must-haves in any teenage boy’s closet are fashionable shirts, cool jackets and coats.
Teenage Girls Fashion
The teenage years is the foundation of any woman’s sense of style. It is when we did a lot of experiments and discoveries, followed trends or deviated from it. All these experiences in our teenage lives, we learn more about ourselves and realize what works for us and what not. So for teenage girls, enjoy and explore different style. Dress up like your favorite fashion blogger in cool jeans and knitwear. Layer your clothes with gorgeous coat during the cold season, or enjoy the summer in a pair of comfortable sandals.