Gone seem to be the days of children's matching coats and hats. The ones that our mothers made us wear, even when we obviously grew out of them. As a child, I never understood the reason for that, other than to purposely make us look silly. ;)
Now, of course, I understand that these outfits cost a pretty penny, and our mothers were just trying to eek out the very last day of wear, before the item was either passed down to another family member, or donated to some needy soul.
Back in the 1960's, little girls like myself could be seen walking all over the towns and cities sporting these ensembles. We were a dime a dozen! Now, I do a double take when I spy one today.
Clothes were well made back then, of quality materials. Made in the U.S.A for the most part. Purchased in shops downtown or on our main streets, in locally owned children's shops. A time when there still existed shoe stores, dedicated to selling just children's shoes. Where shoes were displayed in the window, and shoe clerks would not only measure your shoe size, but would put on and tie the shoes. You would stand up, and he would feel for the tip of your big toe, to make sure it was a proper fit. I miss all that pampering. :)
I have lived in many places over the last few decades, and sadly those places are very scarce. Anyway, not to worry, I still have photographs and memories to take me back to the good old days! (Photographs taken of my brother and I by my father, in 1966) Do you remember having any matching coats and hats when you were young?