American Eton Suits: Colors and Patterns

Figure 1.--The 196? ad for this boys's Eton suit read "Plaid makes the man in elegany Herir's washable jacket in Orlan and viscose, shorts in rayon and acetate flannel." The sizes were 2 to 4 and 3 to 6X

Tha American Eton suits were most commonly dark navy blue, grey, or black with matching knee socks. These conservative colored suits were by far the most common for Eton suits. During the summer, however, a boy might wear a Madras or other colorful plaid or checked jacket. As one advertisement counsels, "Plaid makes the man." These bright jackets, however were almost always worn with his conservative blue, black, or gray short pants and knee socks. Other colors such as tan were also worn, but were much less common. Some boys wore plaid shorts, but they were not very common. Even with the plaid jackets, the conservtive blue, black, and grey shorts were usually worn.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: March 14, 2001
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