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:
“Children under the age of 17 were not allowed to wear deep mourning clothing. It was customary to put mourning bows on their clothing. Usually pinned on the shoulder.” Comment made by poster.
19th Century Little Girls Black Mourning Dress
Civil War Era Girls Mourning Dress with original Mourning Bows
Little girl’s late 19th century mourning coat
toddler dress with mourning bows 1810s-20s
Little girl in mourning dress
Little Boy in Mourning Clothing, Albumen Carte de Visite, Circa 1861
Victorian tintype of a young girl in mourning clothes