How Children’s Fashion Has Changed Over Time

How Children’s Fashion Has Changed Over Time

A Journey Through the Biggest Trends in Children’s Clothing

It’s no secret that fashion is an ever evolving thing. From puffy shoulder pads to jeggings, it’s hard to say which trend will pop up next. Style icons have certainly shifted along with trends leaving our children looking up to people like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. There is no denying that children’s clothing has certainly become an industry of its own as celebrities are jumping on the design bandwagon. Tori Spelling, Gwen Stefani, and Heidi Klum are just a few celebrity moms who have attempted to become a popular face in the children’s clothing industry.

We all have those horribly, embarrassing photos that we wish we never seen another light of day. You know, the ones that leave you cringing at the “coke bottle” glasses, the teased hair, and/or the cotton leggings with the stirrups. C’mon, let’s be real…the only thing worse than those pants would have been if people wore the stirrups on the outside of their shoes. Let’s take a walk together and look at how children’s clothing has changed over time. We will start a few decades back because well, frankly, we don’t have a lifetime for discussion. If the Flintstones taught us anything, functionality was key before the world became industrialized.


1950s Rewind:

The 1950s were a huge turning point in the world of children’s clothing. Enter poodle skirts and pedal pushers. While the 50s were still a decade that didn’t quite welcome loungewear for kids, the world began to recognize that dresses were not always the opportune choice when riding bikes and playing outside. Meet the pedal pusher. It is basically a capri style pant that became popular among young girls. It was still common in this time era for girls to be donning dresses as every day wear but the material shifted to cotton and material blends that allowed for comfort.

Fast-forward to the 1980s:

The 1980s are notably the most talked about era in all of fashion. Some of the trends from the 80s are making their comeback while some of them never left. When I think about 80s fashion, the first thing that comes to mind are acid washed jeans and Chuck Taylors. Boys and girls alike were donning the trend that has continued to dominate people’s closets through the years. Fashion became fun as plastic bracelets and big hair became the norm. The 80s speak for themselves and continue to be a staple of conversation among fashionistas today.

….Say Hello to 2012:

Here we are in 2012. Fashion is innovative, functional, and flashy! Things such as EZ Sox help children with sensory issues learn to dress themselves while brands such as Mud Pie and Rare Editions bring little girl’s favorite things to life. Jeggings have become a staple in adult clothing and children’s clothing while tutus reign supreme among little girl must-haves! Children’s clothing seem to follow adult trends more and more as time goes on which is quite apparent when looking at every day wear. Toddler boys are seen wearing ripped denim and graphic tees while the girls’ clothing ranges anywhere from cardigan sweaters to bell bottomed jeans.






While trends are usually recycled, there are a few that we hope never make it back into existence (do I really need to mention parachute pants?). It is clear that children’s clothing continues to evolve with adult styles and isn’t made just for functionality anymore. There’s one movement in kid’s fashion that never seems to fade –bright, vibrant colors. From neon colored jeans, to brightly colored blouses, it seems appropriate given children’s unwavering excitement for life. Whether it’s an old style that’s creeping back into fashion or something we’ve never seen before, children’s fashion promises to keep us on our toes.

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