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Long johns

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Airedale19 Thu 28-May-20 07:27:41

Does anyone remember when long johns were fashionable for women - perhaps early in the sixties? They used to come in all sorts of colours and were often seen peeping below short skirts. I’ve a photo of my step sister wearing them, and I’m trying to date the photo. Thanks.

LullyDully Thu 28-May-20 08:02:34

I remember them in red and black with round the bottom of the legs. Nice and warm.

Elegran Thu 28-May-20 08:03:06

I don't think it was early in the sixties.

NotSpaghetti Thu 28-May-20 08:11:51

Long johns?
I thought they were ankle length?
Never saw them below short skirts in the 60s...

Airedale19 Thu 28-May-20 08:17:49

I’m probably wrong in thinking early sixties. They could have been around a decade later. I’m also thinking that minis did not really come in until the late sixties or early 70s, depending on where you lived, ie much earlier in London and the south.

Airedale19 Thu 28-May-20 08:21:01

I know, normally, long johns are thought of as being full length, but there was just this Short time When they stopped above the knee, and were in bright colours and trimmed around the edge in black lace.

Bathsheba Thu 28-May-20 08:23:51

What I remember peeping below short skirts in the 60s were frilled and gathered bloomers. They were very popular mid-late 60s under 'baby doll' style dresses, i.e. gathered yoke, puff sleeves and peter pan collar. I can only vaguely recall the long johns, and can't really remember when they were in fashion, possibly the 70s.

Marydoll Thu 28-May-20 08:26:31

When I read the title, it conjured up a picture of my father! 😁

Nortsat Thu 28-May-20 08:27:00

I remember them, showing below mini dresses.
I don’t think they were called ‘long johns’, were they called bloomers?
I just can’t remember what we called them ...

harrigran Thu 28-May-20 08:30:05

They were called * beatnicks* and came to just above the knees. I had them in black, red and royal blue and they were popular in 1964/65. I wore them travelling to work during the winter.

fatgran57 Thu 28-May-20 08:36:16

They were called "Witches Britches" in Australia smile

BBbevan Thu 28-May-20 09:32:26

I remember long knickers. I had a red pair with black lace edging. They came half way down the thigh .

Purplepixie Thu 28-May-20 09:35:25

Yes I remember them but I thought they were called pantaloons. My mam bought them for me and her in all colours as well as tartan ones. They were so warm in the winter and looked good edged in lace.

Airedale19 Thu 28-May-20 09:48:46

Well, it’s probably a name thing then. At least People remember them, by whatever name!

Even mini skirts were given various names, eg 'pussy pelmet'.
That name always made me smile.

annodomini Thu 28-May-20 09:55:03

We knew them as 'pantalettes' in the early 60s. They were great protection from the cold wind off the North Sea in my time at St Andrews. Not a fashion that lasted for long, As skirts got shorter, presumably we didn't want the knickers on show.

NotSpaghetti Sun 31-May-20 17:57:21

I remember the "baby doll" outfits too, with matching knickers but mine were from the early 70s I think.

Puzzled Sat 06-Jun-20 17:30:18

Thought that men wore long johns, and women, directoire knickers, (until the late 60's)
May have been warm, but not exciting!

Callistemon Sat 06-Jun-20 17:54:39


The only long john I remember was Long John Baldry.

MissTree Sat 06-Jun-20 18:01:39

I remember him, Calli . We went to see him in a club and he came in from behind us and pushed me.
One of those silly things you never forget.

Elegran Sat 06-Jun-20 18:04:50

Puzzled I never wore directoire knickers in my life, and in 1960 I was 21. I think I would remember if I had - so would DH, who I met that year. I don't remember my mother wearing them either.

Callistemon Sat 06-Jun-20 18:13:00

He was my teenage pash MissTree

he pushed me shock
He never pushed me, I am so jealous.

Elegran Sat 06-Jun-20 18:20:06

My father didn't wear long johns except in the bitterest winters, and DH never wore them at all. He wore M&S Y-fronts, from 1960 on (I have no idea what he wore before that. I do know that his mother bought them)

One grandfather, however, who was born in 1891 and who worked mostly outdoors all year, repainting the outside woodwork of council houses, in all weathers, and having to turn up onsite even if it was driving sleet or snow, DID wear long johns. (If the weather was too bad to paint, the men were paid half wages for that day, but only after they had reported for work, then stood around in the sleet for several hours before being dismissed. This was so that they would be too late to get casual work elsewhere and be paid again for the day. Couldn't have them getting more for a day of not being at their regular work! Needless to say, that and having been gassed in the trenches meant he had bronchitis every winter.)

Witzend Sat 06-Jun-20 20:29:12

I was a teen in the 60s and even then directories knickers were worn AFAIk only by elderly women, and probably only a certain type at that - the ones my father would probably have referred to as ‘old flannel drawers’. (We had an OFD next door).

They were also known as Harvest Festivals, as in ‘all is safely gathered in’. (If you remember that hymn.)

NotSpaghetti Sat 06-Jun-20 20:31:50

My father had a pair for winter gardening/outdoor work but didn't wear them otherwise. My husband on the other hand wore them a lot in winter as we only had coal/log fires. The children and I wore wool or wool mix tights under trousers in the winter (both the boys and the girls) so they might as well have been long johns.

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