Americam Girl's Romper Suits: Chronology--The 1930s

Figure 1.--Here we see a family snapshot showing two school age girls wearing summer romper suits. Yhis napshot was taken in July 1937.

We notice girls wearing rompers in the early 1930s, but they appear to have been less common for boys, even younger girls. We note both pre-school and school age children wearing them. Short pants had become acceptable for girls by the 1930s. We see both light colors and prints. We see dark bloomer pants for gym, but rarely dark romper suits. Summer camp uniforms might be practical neutrl colors tht did not show dirt. Dark colors seem less common, presumably because they were summer garments. We see girls wearing both shorts and rompers in the 30s with shorts becoming inceasingly popular. Both began to be wrn at much shorter lengths than was commion earlier. Some romper suits in particular were cut quite short. This was just for casual wear. We do not see dressy rompers. And girls wore dresses to school. Some bathing suits were done as romper suits. With girls we mostly see romper suits. Bib-front rompers do not seem very common. We do not yet have a good fix on just how prevalebt romper suits were in the 30s. The photographic record shows that they were orn, but that girls motly wire dresses even during te summer. Nor do we know if they were popular with girls as opposed to short pants.


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