In “The Victorian in Mourning” post I mentioned that girls wore white instead of black and a reader asked about the custom. I didn’t keep track of my text resources (nuts!) but there are images and extant garments that document the practice.
The custom of girls wearing white instead of black varied through time and by region. I apologize if I led anyone to believe that it was a universal and/or mandatory practice.
Here are images of children and photos of extant garments that document the wearing of both black and white for mourning: (images removed due to possible, unintended copyright infringement)