A playsuit was a one-piece romper. The top resembled a button-down blouse that would come in at the waist and extend into shorts. Teens and grown women during the 1940s wore what were actually called playsuits.
Vintage playsuits were worn outdoors – either at the beach, in the backyard to catch some sun or for sportswear. They were usually made of cotton, although they could also be found in rayon. They were brightly colored with reds, greens, yellows and blues, and were often done in patterns, checks and plaids. Floral and Hawaiian prints were popular towards the end of the decade.
These photos show young women wearing playsuits in the 1940s.