Plaid Skirt with a Surprise

I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those cases where someone is going to immediately be able to tell me the story behind the garment.  At least, I hope that is the case.

I bought this little plaid pleated skirt because I was puzzled by it, and here is why:

Built into it are a pair of bright red bloomers.  The skirt is rather short, about knee length, and is made of what is probably a rayon fiber.  The bloomers are cotton.  The zipper is metal.  It looks like something a girl would wear as part of a school uniform, but in this case it would have to be a larger girl because the waistband measures 30″.

So, am I warm?  Do parochial school uniforms have built-in panties?  Having attended only public schools that had a dress code but no uniforms, I’m clueless.

My other guess is that it is a vintage field hockey skirt.  What do you think?

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16 responses to “Plaid Skirt with a Surprise

  1. I don’t know – all I do know is that it is a fab idea – you don’t have to worry about flashing your pants in case of an impromptu gust of wind – and it’s a cute skirt!

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  2. LB

    It’s a kilt for the “G” rated version of Braveheart.

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  3. hmmm… interesting. Does it look like the bloomers were put in as it was being constructed originally or can you tell they were added later? I don’t think school uniforms ever come with bloomers built-in (or at least the modern ones don’t).

    I’m going to email a friend with vintage clothing store and see what he thinks…

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  4. Inky

    I’m guessing a field hockey kilt. I know the women wore panties that matched the kilts. Maybe this was a shortcut style.

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    • Sandra

      I agree that this is probably a field hockey kilt. I played field hockey for many years and the plaid kilt made from rayon was the uniform. I remember wearing matching “trunks” underneath, but the waistband of the kilt would get twirled around and ride up uncomfortably. Had I known about this back in the day; I would have done it.

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  5. A mom who didn’t want her daughter taking the bloomers off so she sewed them into the skirt?

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  6. …i think cheerleading ( or marching band? ) too.

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  7. ourdailydress

    Clever idea, whatever it was for!

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