Sailor suits and sailor dresses were available in many variations. A typical feature was the large, wide collar—usually in dark blue, with three white stripes and a black bow. In many instances, the color and stripes of the collar were repeated on the cuffs.
For boys, the outfit was complete when it could be combined with the round flat sailor cap with tally hanging down at the back of the neck. The trousers were short, as they were in other suits worn by boys.
The skirts on sailor dresses were often pleated.
“For home and school, for play and sport, there was nothing more practical and handsome than the sailor suit. And for Sundays and holidays, too, for the big events in our young lives, it was always the right look. The young princes and princesses wore it, as did the sons and daughters of ordinary people. It was not bound by national borders; rather, it was international fashion in the truest sense.” (Dora Lühr)