Children in the 16th Century
The Tudor Child: Clothing and Culture 1485 to 1625

''She Hath Over Grown All that Ever She Hath'': Children's Clothing in the Lisle Letters, 1533-1540 -- Medieval Clothing and Textiles, Vol. 3

A History of Childhood: Children and Childhood in the West from Medieval to Modern Times

Centuries of Childhood

Following are depictions and portraits of boys and girls from the Renaissance. Because the goal of this survey is to provide useful information on a realistic view of children's clothing, I have avoided most allegorical or overly anachronistically-dressed children. I've also included links to extant clothing worn by pre-17th century children.

Take a look at Children’s Portraits for more 16th-19th century examples. More examples and discussion on this topic at the Garb The Child LiveJournal Community and the I Am A Child blog. For 17th century examples, see Costume Focus 1660-1715: Children Research Gallery.