What they wore

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.

Many agreed 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.