"Why have young children’s clothing styles changed so dramatically? How did we end up with two “teams”—boys in blue and girls in pink? “It’s really a story of what happened to neutral clothing,” says Paoletti, who has explored the meaning of children’s clothing for 30 years. For centuries, she says, children wore dainty white dresses up to age 6. “What was once a matter of practicality—you dress your baby in white dresses and diapers; white cotton can be bleached—became a matter of ‘Oh my God, if I dress my baby in the wrong thing, they’ll grow up perverted,’ ” Paoletti says."
“Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884.”