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Victorian and Edwardian Children's Clothing
* ~ In Victorian period there was not a separate style of clothing for children as there is today. In those times children wore basically miniature adult clothing. As you will see little girls and young ladies wore the same decorative style dresses as their mother wore. It was not until late in the Edwardian period that children's clothing became more relaxed and not as restricting and cumbersome as adult clothing.
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~ During the Victorian Era it was customary for young boys up to four or six years old to wear dresses. Below there are several photos of these little guys...you can identify them by their short hair. After dresses boys advanced to knickers and at last to long pants.
The 1876 Fashion Plate to the right displays childrens fashions...notice the boy sitting is wearing a dress while his older brother has advanced to knickers.
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