Trinidad School Uniform

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Trinidadian school uniforms have basically followed British styles. As in all the former British Caribbean colonies, all elementary-age boys and presumably many secondary-age boys wore short pants. Knee socks were common. I'm not sure when styles began to differ from British styles. Girls uniforms are still basically British. All girls wear school frocks, jumpers, or skirts; shorts and pants are not worn. Boys styles, however, have changed. All schools appear to have uniforms. Khaki uniforms are particularly common, including all khaki uniforms and colored shirts with khaki pants. White shirts with blue pants are also common. The general pattern is for elementary-age boys to wear short pants and secondary-age boys wear long pants. There also do not appear to be any secondary schools wear boys wear short pants. Boys do not wear kneesocks. They do, however, wear mostly black leather shoes. Sneakers are not worn to school.

Careful, clicking on these will exit you from the Boys' Historical Clothing web site, but several are highly recommended

  • Apertures Press International Project: Pictures at schools in different countries and a book on British schools
  • Apertures Press New Zealand book: New book on New Zealand schools in progress
  • School Uniform Web Site: Informative review of British school uniforms with some excellent photographs
  • British Preparatory Schools: A photographic book depicting life at British preparatory schools during the 1980s. Most of the schools are English or Scottish, but schools in Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ulster are also included. The pictures show the uniforms worn at many different schools.
  • Information: Information about school uniforms in America

    Christopher Wagner

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    Created: October 2, 1999
    Last updated: October 2, 1999