Have you ever wondered how Spanish kids clothes fashion evolved throughout time? If you did, here is a timeline of the evolution of children’s wear.
During the 12 century, all babies dressed alike. There was no distinction between the girl’s and boy’s apparel. Upon reaching toddler age, kids were covered in a skirt-like garment because breeches, an article of pant-like clothing that stops at the knee, was for men only.
Between the 17th and 18th Centuries, baby wraps were invented. These wraps were used for swaddling newborn infants. This was similar to what parents use nowadays to keep their babies close to their chests. The babies who outgrew their swaddling phase were later on dressed with what they called “slips,” a dress-like garment that extended up the child’s foot.
When these infants turned into toddlers and could walk, they were dressed as girls and boys. Believe it or not, girls wore “short clothes” that were defined as a dress that was ankle length with fitted corsets. A total difference in the standard of “short” clothing in the modern era and was probably uncomfortable, while the boys were dressed in a mini version of the coat and vest.
Layettes were introduced as infant wear in the 19th Century. Layettes were a combination of a traditional long dress and a layer of shirts worn underneath, caps for any time of the day, nappies, slips, stockings, and coats. These were usually handmade by mothers or were custom made by tailors. A flare of extravagance was added by those who could afford by adorning these items with needlework and lace.
As the 20th Century came in, fashion featured less and less layers. This means that gone were the days where babies wore multiple tiers of clothing, and ushered in was an era of comfort and breathable fabrics. Infants wore rompers, a jumper like a garment with a button to easily change the baby’s diaper. It was usually paired with long socks that cover the thighs and legs to act as protection against different elements.
As babies grew into toddlers, their outfits also changed. Breeches, which were traditionally worn by a male, had become an acceptable outfit for girls. However, this is also the era that birthed the colour of gender association. Pink was for girls and blues were almost exclusively for boys. Regardless of whether girls were now allowed to wear pants, the colour of their pants were still ultimately associated with so-called “girly” colors.
Fast forward to today, babies now have different options in terms of clothing, mainly because there is already an industry that focuses on manufacturing children’s apparel. The notion of what appropriate colour a child should wear depending on their gender is also outdated and no longer practiced. Now, boys can wear pink without judgement and girls are free to choose whatever they want. Gone were the days where children have to wear uncomfortable clothes because as technology has developed in the 21st Century, so did the fabrics and style: taking babies’, toddlers’, and children’s mobility and comfort as the primary considerations.