In September 1931 the white mess jacket replaced the gray
coatee for formal wear by underclassmen. Worn on each lower lapel of the
jacket was the "V.P.I." insignia in gold block letters. The front of the
jacket was closed by a short gold chain attached to two large gold V.P.I.
buttons. Gold V.P.I. buttons also appeared on each side of the front of
the jacket and at the neck end of each shoulder loop.
The jacket was worn with a starched white tuxedo shirt with plain round
gold studs on the shirt front, matching gold cuff links, and a black bow
As part of this formal uniform the cadets also wore gray wool trousers
with black seam stripes, black low quarter shoes and black socks.
Seniors continues to wear the white paletot
for formal off-duty occasions, changing the V.P.I. insignia to the
upper lapels and adding the Army officer branch insignia to the lower
This cadet is standing in the foyer of War Memorial Hall.
Watercolor by Floyd Richard Vranian.