Children during the Renaissance
periods were dressed (an expected to act like) miniature adults. Girls wore styles in smaller versions of the fashion of the times, including petticoats, hoopskirts,
starched ruffs, and constricting bodices. Boys also wore gowns or skirts until they were breeched, though the styles sometimes
featured different decoration. Breeching was the occasion when a small boy was first dressed in
trousers (or breehes), sometime between the age of two and eight.