Photos of babies in the late 1800’s, show that children are dressed in white, and the move to pink and blue took place gradually. For centuries girls wore white dresses practical, which were easy to maintain and clean. Pastel children’s clothing was introduced in the mid-19th century, but according to historian Jo B. Paoletti, the colors were first determined by gender.
In an article written in 1918 that the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys to be, while the blue for boys. The reason for this is that the pink color is strong, suitable for boys, while blue is gentle, it is more suitable for girls. Another source again abetted that blue suit Russians figures rose to brunettes or that blue is suitable for babies with blue eyes and pink for those with brown eyes.
In 1927 a magazine published a graph showing the respective colors for children according to their sex, according to leading stores in America, and in 1940 the producers determined that pink belongs to the girls and blue for boys and new mothers they started to dress their children.
But it is not the end of the story. Because women’s liberation movement, universal clothes was present until the late sixties and seventies. However, pink and blue are back in the eighties, so when parents were learning the sex of the children, they prepared the room for the newborn in the appropriate color. Manufacturers saw the opportunity and realized that parents will buy a full set of products if you know the sex of the child. This trend has remained to this day, although there is a demand for a neutral colored clothes.
Paoletti says that while researching to find information to write her book, it became increasingly critical of this trend.
“The loss of neutral clothing is something that people need to think more. There is now a growing demand for a neutral colored clothes for babies and children, “she says.
Evidence that pink and blue were always divided by gender, gives us hope that neutral colors may again return.