South African School Uniform: Chronology


Figure 1.--South African school uniforms follow the same fashion shifts as those in Britain and other countries. South African boys in the early 2000s wear the same same longer-length shorts that have become popular around the world.

HBC at this time does not have detailed information about chronolgical trends in South African school uniforms over time. We do know that school uniforms and children's clothing in general has changed over time. We have very limited information about South African schools in the 19th century. Nor do we know much about the early-20th century at this time. Hopefully our South African readers will provide some addiional information here. We note that traditional school uniform styles appear to have persisted in the 1990s and 2000s, at least at some private schools. A 2001 newspaper article entitled "Rather death than being out of Fashion!" provides some insights on current trends in South Africa. Generally speaking, South African school uniform fashions have followed those in Britain, perhaps langing somewhat behind Britain. The major change in the early 2000s is that South African boys have begun wering the same longer-length short pants that have become popular in England and other countries. We note a 2003 newspaper article, "School uniforms should be more informal, find Technikon - project," suggesting practical informal schoolwear.

The 19th Century

HBC at this time does not have detailed information about chronolgical trends in South African school uniforms over time. We do know that school uniforms and children's clothing in general has changed over time. We have very limited information about South African schools in the 19th century. The Afrikanners were mostly farmers. They received a basic primary education, but few went on the secondary school. There was almost no schools for blacks. The English in the Cape Colony began to build a basic educational system.

The 20th Century

Nor do we know much about the early-20th century at this time. The Bohr War was raging at the beginning of the century. This devestated the Afrikaner areas. After the War, the economt in thecBohr areas began to develop beyond a farm economy. Gradually the income disparities between the Bors and English began to close as did the educational achievement disparities. We note photographs of schools in the Bohr areas in the early 20th century. The girls wear simple dresses. The boys wear shirts and shirt opants. Some boys wear knee socks and shoes. Most of the boys were barefoot. Black education developed in the 20th century. The segrated blackk schools were poorly financed. Hopefully our South African readers will provide some information on 20th centuyry school trends. We note that traditional school uniform styles appear to have persisted through the 1990s, especially at private schools.

The 21st Century

We conuinue to see British style school uniforms in the 21st century. A 2001 newspaper article entitled "Rather death than being out of Fashion!" provides some insights on current trends in South Africa. Generally speaking, South African school uniform fashions have followed those in Britain, perhaps langing somewhat behind Britain. The major change in the early 2000s is that South African boys have begun wering the same longer-length short pants that have become popular in England and other countries. We note a 2003 newspaper article, "School uniforms should be more informal, find Technikon - project," suggesting practical informal schoolwear..






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