20th Century Australian Boys' Clothes: Chronology--The 1960s

Figure 1.--This snapshot shows a group of Australian children playing in the streets of East Fremantle, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It was taken in 1969. The boys in the warm Australian weather all wear short pants, nostly boxers, and are barefoot.

Until World War II, Australian clothinf styles were mostly British. The War began a broadening cultural influence, especially with America. And this began to become notable in the 1960s. We see American casual styles becoming increasingly popular. Jeans appeared in the 1960s and proved very popular, but could not be worn at school or for any special occasion. Australian boys coninued to wear mostly short pants. The style of short pants began to change in the 1960s. The shorter style continental shorts became commonly worn. Going barefoot was still very common. Most Australian boys in the 1940s and 50s wore short pants suits. This did not begin to change until the 1960s, although many boys still wore short pants suits in the 60s. A lot of Australian schools required school uniforms, basically British styles. This often included short pants and knee socks. Many still do, but the styles began to become more casual. basis.


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