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The collegiate practice of "borrowing from the boys" has come a long way since the first pair of blue jeans was swiped. It no longer takes the girls a year or two to catch up. What is designed for the boys is designed for the girls, and this year's college fashions will look startlingly alike for both sexes.
Strongest partners in the bilateral fashion lineup are sports clothes—the rugged outerwear that stands up to the outdoor life of campuses. Both boys and girls will have a new variety of short all-weather coats to team with pants that seem to be longer and leaner.
Both will have a wonderful new variety of sports jackets—Norfolk types to wear with knickers; dressed-up blue flannel blazers; bold check tweeds; such practical novelties as washable leathers and cotton carpeting for the girls.
Both will have Bermuda shorts, new in corduroy, coverts and twills. Both will be wearing bulkier sweaters, and for both there is a strong new interest in heavy knit cardigans.
For a preview of the fashions that will go two by two onto campuses this fall, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED went to coeducational Swarthmore in Pennsylvania and there photographed young collegians looking alike.
Silhouetted in winter-weight toppers, long pants are: Dave Goslin, fleece coat (B. W. Harris, $45); Try Wieland, poplin jacket (McGregor, $20); Ann Pacsu, tweed knicker suit ( John Weitz for AMCO, $26); Alan Robinson, corduroy jacket (Bantamac, $30); Pat Bridges, tweed jacket (Harris Raincoat, $25); Vern McCabe, toggle jacket (Lustberg-Nast, $36), six-foot scarf ( Cisco, $5).
Bulky Cardigans arc candidates to replace the old school tie. Stephanie Moss and Bob Barr wear their stripes in bulky spun Orion (Corey, $30 each). Stephanie's Bermudas are also knitted (Sacony, $10). Collegiate crew socks repeat the sweater stripes.
Lederhosen are worn with Tyrolean shirt ( Greta Plattry, $30) by Marilyn Mottolese, who talks to Soccer Captain Larry Shane.
Carpet bag cardigan ($30), satchel ($25) and whipcord shorts ($11, all Glen of Michigan) are worn by Olivia Pease.
"Baby inverness" raincoat is cut short to look well with long pants or Bermuda shorts (Pem Squires for Masket, $35). Anne Christian carries umbrella with Kleervu panel (Schertz, $12.50).