A substantial amount of the shopping was usually done by catalog but a trip to the department store and the shoe store were always included. The list didn't vary much from year to year--a few dresses, maybe a skirt or two, blouses, knee socks, tights, and underclothes were the order of the day. (No pants for girls at school back then--though on an especially frigid snowy day, the rules would be relaxed to allow for a pair of slacks worn under the dress or skirt.) A pair of nice shoes, a new lunchbox or maybe a book satchel and a pencil case and we were ready for another year.
Girls' school dress styles in the mid-sixties were fairly simple. None of today's Daisy Mae bohemian combinations or flounces back then. I find myself longing for these simple classics to come back!
Here are some examples I found in the August, 1965 edition of Parents' Magazine.
|I remember having a little grey striped dress like this one,|
and a pair of little T-strap shoes, too!
|The ruffle dress on the right was about as frou-frou as school dresses got in the mod mid-sixties.|
|Jumpers were the staple of my own school wardrobe.|
I love this smocked one, and the little blouse with
the Peter Pan collar.
|A jumper with buttons--I had one like this.|