My question is about the following sentence:
I bambini portano magliette viola.
The context of this sentence is as follows: This sentence was written as a caption under a picture of several boys who are all wearing purple t-shirts. (These boys are all members of a sport team and are all wearing their uniforms. Their uniforms include these purple t-shirts.)
Can you please explain why the definite article would not have been included as in saying:
I bambini portano le magliette viola.
I thought that an article must always be included when talking about items of clothing unless you are talking about clothing in general, but even when talking about clothing in general - an article is still included unless the clothing is grammatically plural and in a negative sentence.
This sentence seems very specific and is not negative. So, I am again confused. I would very much appreciate your help.
The sentence “I bambini portano magliette viola” used as a caption under a picture of several boys of a sport team who are all wearing purple t-shirts is correct as it wants to point out that these boys are wearing their purple t-shirts as a uniform.
Therefore, in this context we can omit the definite article, since to say “I bambini portano le magliette viola” could mean that the t-shirts could have been blue, red or whatever colour.