I’m struck by how grown up these schoolgirls would look in their suits. (Farther down, I’ll show school clothes for girls that really echoed the clothes women would have worn to the office.)
The details of the sleeveless blouse are rather sophisticated. [I remember having to wear a skirt like this, held up by matching suspenders, in first grade…. It’s incredible that I once had no hips!]
If the little girl’s suit (3169 looked) “1920s,” clothes for her older sister (above) show the higher waist of the Thirties.
This little boy is too young to object to ruffles, according to the description, and the girl wears a 1920s’ style that still looks charming to me; it also suggests an outfit for the office, with its bib front and prim little bow!
Some clothes really were child-sized copies of adult clothing:
The coat shown below must have been out of the budget for most children’s wardrobes.
The dress above (3414) has a false bolero, just like the adult dress (3529) below:
(The girl’s skirt stays up because it is buttoned to the blouse, like the little boy’s outfit, below.)
The image above is from a page of party fashions for girls; frilly dresses for little girls allowed for departures from the “miniature woman” look.
It’s almost a relief to see that girls were not necessarily expected to grow up overnight in 1930, although many must have joined the workforce in their early teens. [Depression Era film recommendation: Wild Boys of the Road, 1933 . Click here for Plot summary. A teen-aged girl is among the desperate children riding the rails. Louise Brooks made a similar picture in 1928, before the stock market crash: Beggars of Life.]