The sleek lines and showcase colors of the sports cars which have so captivated Americans are responsible for the brilliant transformation of an old reliable—the coverall. These practical one-piecers take their lines from the Perelli coveralls worn by international racing drivers and their crews (see SI, Aug. 16). They show off a shapely waistline and present no shirttail problem. The coverall has many names in its working guise: the paratrooper's jump suit, GI fatigues, the mechanic's monkey suit. But it took the swift, stylish sports cars to give it a personality as much at home in the parlor as in the mechanic's pit. The four coveralls shown here with A. E. Goldschmidt's No. 99 Ferrari illustrate the garment's versatility. Gold hand-woven cotton and orange knitted cotton lead a tough, washable life. Red and pink velveteen suit the softness of leisure hours. With the coveralls: Capezio's short jockey boots in red or black leather ($21.95) and Geomet, Inc. jewelry made of color anodized aluminum nuts and bolts, cotter pins and pipe filters. For close-ups of the jewelry, see the next page.
Gold coverall, of hand-woven Mexican cotton by Jane Ford, has stand-away collar that can be buttoned up. Back has old-timey drop seat. Sells for $18.95.
Red coverall by Jeanne Campbell of Sportwhirl is of form-fitting velveteen, for anything from dog walking to playing hostess at cocktail party. About $25.
Orange coverall, Huck Finn style, in knitted cotton is worn with visored cap and black cotton sweater. By Geist & Geist; coverall about $25; sweater, $7.
Pink coverall, supple-waisted, straight-lined, in velveteen, resembles new Paris fashions, has low-placed back belt. Also by Jeanne Campbell of Sportwhirl. $25.
From a hardware store comes the year's most colorful sports jewelry: brightly anodized nuts, bolts and cotter pins strung on leather thongs
Propeller-type wing nuts form earrings and necklace, here teamed with another necklace of cotter pins.
Aluminum washers and cotter pins make lightweight jewelry. Brilliant colors are anodized, will not fade.
Graduated hex nuts, zigzag pipe niters and bolts make necklaces and earrings reminiscent of Egyptian jewelry.
Cotter-pin earrings set off necklaces of nuts and pipe filters. Earrings, $3.50; necklaces, $10 to $20, by Geomet, Inc.