For most people of modest means, children's clothing was originally
simply cut-down versions of adult garments. Special boys' and girls'
outfits were reserved for special occasions. Children from well-to-do
families had more choices, and little girls were dressed in frilly
garments with as much elaborate detail as those worn by their mothers.
Little boys might wear a sailor suit made from a rich fabrics such
as velvet. After 1900, children's clothing for all classes became
much more practical and suitable for the rough and tumble world
of a child. More frilly or delicate clothing was then, as now, reserved
for special occasions.