Childishness in Children’s Clothing

Speaking about style in relation to children’s closet, it is necessary to touch upon the topic of childishness in children’s clothing. It would seem that there is no problem: children’s clothing is something that children wear, and therefore, by definition, it has this very “childishness. In fact, it’s not that simple.

When a person (an adult, of course) puts a number of ideas, perceptions, emotions and specific tasks into the production of clothing. This may be a desire to protect the body from cold, heat and so on. (the so-called functional approach). The producer can be guided by economic considerations: to sell products and make a profit. Or the focus can be on beauty, status, epatage.

The production process can be thought out only from the technical and economic side. Then the fabric is taken at a lower price, and the services of a designer are saved, and oriented on the mainstream samples. There is also another approach, when the model is thoroughly thought out: lines, shapes, textures, colors and patterns, everything is verified to show the idea, which inspired the designer-artist. Then the output is a completely different level of clothing. But the most interesting thing is much deeper.

Whatever the motives of the manufacturer, he, willingly or not, conveys through clothes some idea of a person (a certain system of life priorities, the hierarchy of values). Therefore, no matter what kind of clothes the consumer chooses (i.e. you and I), he chooses a certain idea of a person. The consumer tries on a certain image of a person. Most clearly seen in the way we dress our children.

The child is a little adult

If we abstract away from the various nuances, then we can safely say that the history of fashion knows two views, two diametrically opposed attitudes to children’s dresses-pants. The first approach recommends dressing children exactly as adults. Such clothing did not even take into account the difference in body proportions of an adult and child, nor did it seek to create comfort for children in movement.

The world of childhood is a special world

Proponents of the second approach seek to make children’s clothing “children’s”, that is, appropriate to the specifics of the child’s lifestyle.

“The objects taught to children must be appropriate to their age, otherwise there is a danger that they will develop cleverness, fancy, vanity.”

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