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?


Filed under Curiosities, Proper Clothing

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!


  2. LB

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


  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…


  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.


    • 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.


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


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


  7. ourdailydress

    Clever idea, whatever it was for!


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