Shortalls: Colors and Patterns

Figure 1.--Classic shortalls were commonly solid colors. The most common pattern was stripes. After the 1960s a greater variety of designs emerged, often employing two contrasting colors.

Colors and Patterns

Classic shortalls were generally solid colors. After the 1960s a grater variety of desisns came out, often employing two contarsting colors. I have noted some patterned shortalls. During tge 1960s and 70s the only available patterns were vertical stripes. The shortalls which became popular for very young boys in the 1990s, however, are made in a wide variety of patterns and prints. The most common stripes were blue an red on white. The actual solid colors varied widely. Some were muted colors while some bright colors like red were also worn. The most common color was a wide varietybod blue shades. The shirts worn with the shortall were commonly white or some color to coordinate with the color or pattern of the shortall itself.

Figure 1

A HBC reader asked about figure 1. The boy looks to be about 5 years old. Thus was a common age for boys to wear shortalls at the time. It looks like a pair of seersucker shortalls. The boy appears to be wearing a soft Peter Pan collar--but it is a bit difficult to make out. The white knee socks and white sandals are a bit on the dressy side. The image appeared in a sewing magazine. Boys did wear such outfits, but usually more casual outfits. The bangs with the outfit is classic for a dressy shortall.

Christopher Wagner

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