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Thipu1:
What kind did you have? 

The High School version was a horror.  It was one-piece creation that was almost impossible to iron.  The top was cut like a camp shirt.  The bottom consisted of bloomers covered by a pleated skirt.  Because the thing was light yellow, it had to be laundered fairly often.  Because it was a fairly heavy cotton, it had to be ironed.  I hated that thing. 

Still, in a way I was lucky.  The year I started, the code had been changed and girls could wear ordinary sneakers.  Up to that point, they had to wear hideous tan high-tops that looked corrective. 

College was a great relief.  The gym outfits there were navy Bermuda shorts worn with ordinary sneakers, navy knee socks and a short-sleeved sweatshirt with the College seal.  You could actually wear the outfit on the street without looking awful. 

Of course, in College we weren't allowed to wear trousers of any kind unless we were going to be actively involved in athletics.  For boarding students, that included weekends.  Some of us kept jeans at the homes of friendly day students. 

Yvaine:
We were required to bring our own, which consisted of a white t-shirt with our name on it (usually iron-on letters or permanent marker) and shorts in one of the school colors (red and black) also with our name marked on it. It definitely sounds better than bloomers! But there was definitely an "in" type of shorts, Umbros, with everything else being kind of sniffed at, especially in junior high. In high school people didn't care as much. Shoes could be any sneakers that didn't have a black sole. (Theoretically, these were to be shoes you wore only for gym. In practice, this wasn't really enforced after elementary.)

ETA: Also, if you forgot your gym clothes in jr. high, you had to do a "seal walk" back and forth across the gym floor, which is walking with your hands while dragging the rest of your body behind you. It effectively ruined your outfit, as the floors were filthy.

Meanwhile, your gym clothes got rank pretty quickly if you didn't have laundry facilities at home.

In college there were no gym uniforms, nor were we required to take PE at all. I did take one PE class as an elective, and we wore pretty much whatever we wanted, usually a random t-shirt with shorts or sweatpants depending on the weather.

Redwing:

--- Quote from: Thipu1 on May 02, 2013, 09:43:30 AM ---What kind did you have? 

The High School version was a horror.  It was one-piece creation that was almost impossible to iron.  The top was cut like a camp shirt.  The bottom consisted of bloomers covered by a pleated skirt.  Because the thing was light yellow, it had to be laundered fairly often.  Because it was a fairly heavy cotton, it had to be ironed.  I hated that thing. 
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Thipu, we must have gone to high school in the same era.  Mine was the same except it was blue.  Hate that thing with a passion!

Thipu1:
In Eighth grade (1960) our class  was moved to the local High School and we were issued the standard gym suit.  These were perky things with a camp shirt on top and cuffed boy shorts on the bottom.  The color was red.  The almost ball gowns we had to wear in High School was a rude awakening. 

Carotte:
I never had a sport uniform baring my middle school years in another country (Brazil) where the only requirement was the school polo-shirt or a shirt with the school's name/blazon, available in blue, white and probably red*.
I think the only reason we had those was because two-period sport classes were at a military campground a bit far from the school, so that was a way to have us in school-color for easy identification.
One-period sport classes were at the school and much more lax regarding the polo.

*And that was the only 'uniform' for primary classes, middle school and highschool only had if for sport.

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