First of all let us say, yes, these shorts were made for guys.
Made of a dark olive green woven madras plaid with deep charcoal navy blue (which blends to create a rich teal tone) and vertical stripes of magenta by one of our favorite classic vintage sportswear makers, McGregor.
These plaid flat-front "boy" shorts were super popular in the early 1960s, and in the 1980s, vinties wore them on college campuses as well as for nightclub wear (by girls) .
This pair has in-seam pockets as well as back welt pockets on each hip (with fitting darts from waistband to pocket top on each side).
The front has the tab with a fat Talon hook closure on the end, and a reverse button in the center. The zipper is 7" metal Talon.
The other feature is the waistband with button-ended tabs to adjust for waist size; there are two buttons set on each side about an inch apart. These were handy for a fast growing boy, or to help accommodate a swelling tummy at the annual summer family reunion.
Laid flat these measure about 15-15.5" across the top of the shorts (for an approximate 30-31" waist)
top of the front waistband to the crotch seam 11"
top of the back waistband to the crotch seam 17.5"
inseam is 8"
outer seam from the top of the waistband to the hem is 18".
Freshly laundered, and ready to wear but they DO need to be pressed!
These have the sought after overall vintage fade desired of madras plaid.
The left back pocket is missing a button, and we did notice that the crotch seam has been reinforced with an extra line of stitching (that's a good thing).
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