Children’s fashion set the stage for adult fashion in the 1920s well before the roaring twenties came rolling in. Drop waist dresses with large white peter pan collars were worn by little girls starting in the mid 1910s. Little boys wore knickers with a matching suit coat, overalls and shirt/short combinations for toddlers. Until they could walk, babies wore white christening gowns. As toddlers the gown style remained (yes, even for boys) but the length shortened up to the knee. All children wore lace up boots to play in and girls wore Mary Jane flats with dresses.
Today, the trend for vintage family photos is to dress kids like mini 1920s adults. For boys that means overalls or pants, shirt, suspenders or a vest with a flat cap hat. For girls its a tea length dress, tights and mary jane flats. Having three little kids myself, these are my go to looks for any 1920s costume event.
My other favorite look is the timeless sailor or nautical style clothing. Navy with white stripes for both both boys and girls continued in fashion well into today.
Pop over onto my Kids Vintage Pinterest board to see photos of 1920s children’s clothing or begin shopping for new vintage inspired 1920s clothes for babies, toddlers and little kids:
1920s Children’s Fashions: