Clothes of the Seventies, Salt and Pepper Corduroy Pants

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Description: Black & white patterned corduroy pants worn at Catholic schools until 1976; available in stores until 1981. Also called 'partridge' print.
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Tammy - February 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Salt and pepper cords were what all the boys at St Vincents Catholic school had to wear in the 60s and 70s. And you could only get them at the uniform store. They must have been really hot during our Southern California Santa Ana days every September and October. We wore our skimpy little green plaid jumpers or skirts with white blouses that had to have a "peter pan collar" whatever that meant.
Mel Tucker - April 17, 2012 - Report this comment
In all of recorded history, was there ever a more ugly article of clothing than salt and pepper corduroy pants? I had to wear them for three years during the late 1960s, and am still recovering from the experience. I've heard stories where mothers, who didn't have spirit of ipecac on hand, used the mere sight of salt and pepper cords to induce vomiting. That could be an urban legend, but I'm not sure.
Erwin F. Prindell - April 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Not many people know this, but Churchill once sent Hitler a pair of salt and pepper cords. That's how the bombing of London started.
John Harrington - May 06, 2013 - Report this comment
I LOVED my salt and pepper cords! They had big pockets and wore like iron. I wore them to Catholic grade school in the 1960's and have been looking for them ever since.
david smith - May 31, 2013 - Report this comment
salt and pepper cords were standard uniform for st. raphaels catholic school when I attended in the 50's and early 60's. I knew how to sew [somewhat] in 7th grade and 'pegged' mine. then all the guys wanted me to do theirs. so I charged 75 cents a leg. they were so baggy!!
Joseph - October 04, 2013 - Report this comment
As an alter boy at St. Peters elementary in San Antonio in the 60's, I loved the thick blue and white salt and pepper cords. I'd love to buy a pair if I could find them...Any ideas?
Paula - January 10, 2015 - Report this comment
What I would give to find a pair of salt and pepper cords. In catholic school I so envied the boys in those cool, warm pants while we girls had to wear a thin fabric skirt. Why doesn't someone get with this? Hey J. Crew!
TIM - October 06, 2020 - Report this comment
It seems no matter how badly you want something from the past that you really liked, manufacturers will still not begin to make it again. I loved the old salt and pepper corduroy pants I wore in school and would DEFINTELY buy them now...if they would just make them again. It's like they are telling us what we like doesn't matter. All that matters to them is what is new. So I just give up. It's a young person's world now.

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