Soviet School Uniform: Post Stalinist Era--Garments

Figure 1.-- Here we see Soviet school children in 1969, we think at the end of the school year. The boy wears a white shirt and trousers. There were specil belt buckles, butwe are no sure how commonly they were worn. We are guessiung that he also has a suit jacket, but did not wear it. We thinks caps were becoming less common. The girls wear white dresses and pinafores. All three are earing their red scarves. We believe that on a regular day wearing the red scarves varied, but on special days they were mnore lilely to be worn. Notice the pin the boy has.

We note Soviet school children wearing both regular clothes and uniform garments in the post-Stalinist era. Regular clothes were still common in the 1950s, but gradually we see more and more children wearing school uniform garments as economnic conditions improved after the War. We see boys wearing military-styled caps campsign and garrison caps. We think the garison caps were mostly worn at elite city schools. The basic uniform was a blue suit jacket with military touches and matching blue pants, usully long pants. The styles changed significantly from pre-Stalin to the Stalin era to post-Stalin. The later uniforms were more modern in style, whereas the older ones looked more similar to military uniforms. Colors may have varied. A Ukranian source reoorts briwn uniforms. Boys often came to school with white shirts, but without the jackets. This may have been a seasional matter. The boys did not wear ties, but instead red known as Pioneer scarves (scarvespionerskiy galstuk -- пионерский галстук). Usually there are some children who did not wear the scarves. We are not sure what that meant. We assumne the teachers encouraged them to wear the scarves. Hosiery varied. Long stockings were common for primary-age children, eventually replaced by tights. We see this mostly with the girls as long pants were so common. Girls wore navy blue or brown dresses, dresses with white pinafores. You often can't tell much about the dresses because they are coverd by the pinafores.


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