Schools had different uniforms which in part affected the uniforms worn for various activities. These alternatives includung the dress, traveling, and regular class room uniform wore for everyday school activities. Differences varies. Sometines the dress uniform was just wearing a white rather than a grey shirt. At other schools there were suits rther thn blzers. The traveling uniform was often the drrss uniform. Although in recent years the children might wear casual outfits for school trips. This variesd ftom dchool yo dchool. This all could vary seasonally. The type odf school was also a factor. Children at day schools were more likely to wear a dress uniform as they were coming back and forth to school every day. Also boarding schools had different rules about what the children wore after school in the evening. At some schools they wore the regular uniform in the evening. At others they changed into their ordinary clothes.
Many schools had a dress uniform worn on Sunday or special school events. Here the dress uniforms varied from school to school. During regular school days a less elaborate uniform was worn. Here the regulations varied over time. caps were rsometimes required with the dress uniforms. At some prep schools the only difference was a white rather than a grey shirt, although a few schools had colored shirts. Ties were always worn with the dress uniform. Boys atmost schools wore blazers, but at some schools the boy wore grey suits for special occassions. most schools had either suits or blazers, but a few schools had both. At a few schools the older boys could wear long trousers for special occassions. Hosiery was always required with the dres uniform. At most schools lace-up shoes rather than sandals were required for the dress uniform.
Regulations on the traveling uniform varied from school to school. Most schools wanted to pit their best face forward and had definite rules on how the boys should be dressed in public when coming to school. State primary schools, even those with uniforms, often did not have blazers. Many other schools did have blazers. At some schools boys would come to schools in their blazers, but just wear their jumpers while in class or shirts in the warm weaher. This included the boarding schools with day boys. The baorders often did not wear their blazers much, only on Sunday and other special days. Most schools required the boys to dress up in their blazers when taking school trips or when traveling at the beginning and end of term. Caps were also required although by the 1980s theybhad been dropped at many schools.
State primary schools, even those with uniforms, often did not have blazers. Many other schools did have blazers. Boys at many schools wore just their jumpers and not their blazers during the school day. Here regulations varied from school to school. Many prep schools had the boys put away their blazers. Secondary schools were more likely to leave it up to the individual boy. During the warm summer term boys just would wear their shirts with or without ties. At many schools wearing the jumper or not was up to the individual boy. There were more commonly rules about the blazer. Many schools required ties, but some did not require them during the warm summer term. Again regulations varied from school to school. Most boarding schools had the boys wear the regular school uniform after classes in the evening. At some boarding schools the children could change out of their uniforms after classes, but this was not the most common convention. Most schools had boys wear a jumper, tie, shirt, grey shorts, grey kneesocks, and shoes or sandals, but there were many variations. One popular variation was a corduroy uniform with a lumber-jacket and cord shorts.
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