The uniform of the WLA was functional. Women who worked on farms got
dirty. Not only did they work in the fields where mud was
always a major problem, they did a variety of jobs and a quarter
were involved in milking and general farmwork. Others cut down trees,
worked in sawmills and over a thousand women were employed as
rat-catchers. Therefore, by the very nature of their work, day-to-day uniforms were
suited for the task as opposed to being fashion statements.
The day-to-day uniform of a WLA worker consisted of brown corduroy
or whipcord breeches, brown brogues, fawn knee-length woollen socks,
a green v-necked pullover, a fawn shirt and a brown felt slouch hats. For special occasions, WLA members wore their service uniforms. When working, many members of the WLA
adapted their working uniform to suit themselves. In the summer, the
breeches frequently became shorts.
that the aertex shirts were scratchy and wearing a tie never seemed
to work. The uniforms were normally far too big and breeches had to
be taken in. However, resourceful girls normally did their own
tailoring and made a good job of improving their uniforms.