School Uniform: New Zealand--Styles

Figure 1.--New Zealand schools have adopted standard British school uniform styles. Many schools have strict uniform policies, but casual styles have become increasingly common.

The traditional New Zealand school uniform is quite similar to that associated with England. A school uniform consisting of a blazer, school tie, and dress pants was worn by boys in many countries, especially English-speaking countries. This uniform evolved in the England during the late 19th century. Blazers were at first sports wear, but in the 1920s began to replace Eton suits and stiff Eton collars and by the 1930shad become the standard uniform at many private schools. They were widely worn in New Zealand as late as the 1970s. Traditional school uniforms are more widely worn in New Zealand than any country, even Britain. There has, however, been a shift to more casual styles.


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