Early Sixties Children's Clothes

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Early Sixties Children's Clothes
Boys in blue jeans. (Adrian Samson/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Although styles in children's clothing did not change as quickly in the 1960s as that of adults and teenagers, new fabrics and colour combinations began to affect children's dress. A new casualness began to creep into children's fashion about this time, as even the smallest among us began to enjoy comfortable new styles and fabrics.

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Everyday Girls' Clothes

During the early '60s, girls were still expected to wear dresses to school, but for play, they wore shorts, long-fitted trousers or capri pants, called pedal pushers. They wore these with sleeveless or short-sleeve, round-neck tops in bright colours and patterns. They sometime had ruffles around the bottom and came just to the waistline. Girls wore white ankle socks and Mary Jane shoes to school and for more formal occasions, but for play they wore plain white sneakers, according to the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Everyday Boys' Clothes

Although dress trousers and button-down shirts in solids, plaids and checks were common school attire, boys typically wore shorts for playtime. Camp shorts with large pockets were introduced in the early 1960s, and during this time some boys began wearing denim jeans to school. Boys wore T-shirts in solid colours or stripes, and sneakers were a favourite footwear for boys. The Wisconsin Historical Museum reports that moms of active boys liked to dress them in wash-and-wear fabrics.

Girls' Dress Clothes

Girls' dresses in the 1960s were short, with wide skirts and fitted bodices. They wore crinolines, or "petticoats," under their skirts. A dress for a special occasion often had ruffles around the neck and puffed sleeves. Although girls' styles had not changed much from the '40s and '50s, colours became brighter and stronger. During the '60s, little girls wore hot pinks, yellows and bright greens, according to the Wisconsin Historical Museum. White ankle socks with lacy cuffs and patent leather Mary Janes completed the look.

Boys' Dress Clothes

A suit for a young boy in 1960s was usually single-breasted with a narrow tie with narrow lapels and long trousers. Very young boys occasionally wore short trousers, especially after this look was popularised by John-John Kennedy, but they were never as common in America as they were in Europe. As the decade wore on, full suits and even blazers became less common, even for church and parties.

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