Uniform adverts from the 1930s
Over the years, the style of kit worn for playing netball has changed considerably. When the game was first played, all women wore long skirts as a matter of course, and so the game was played in long skirts and long sleeved blouses as a matter of course. Sometimes they even wore straw hats!
However, by the 1930s fashions had changed and it was no longer necessary to preserve one’s modesty beneath heavy ankle length skirts. The normal wear in the early 1930s was a gym slip tunic with a short sleeved games shirt. However, not everybody wanted to wear these, and as these adverts from Spaldings show, other options were available. Shorts and divided skirts were available as well as short sleeved cotton shirts. Interestingly, it seems that oversocks in assorted colours could also be purchased.
Finally, there was a perennial problem of keeping the thick tunics looking good. Spaldings seem to have come up with the answer – a specialist tunic press.