When I was in grade school, the ultimate harbinger of Back-to-School was a new plaid item of clothing. Store windows and catalogs were full of cotton woven plaid dresses, wool pleated skirts and jumpers, and trim little plaid coats with matching wool leggings for the coldest weather. Those got slipped off and hung on a hook in the cloak room with our coats. The dress was either tucked inside the leggings if they had straps or they were just worn underneath. Girls were never allowed to wear pants to school, and tights weren't even invented. We wore skirts with anklets or knee socks.
|Those are not pants under that coat, they are leggings with straps that have her dress tucked inside!|
|That plaid jumper could have been wool or possibly a heavy twill.|