In the Beginning
The netball uniforms were woollen box pleat tunics that reached well below the players’ knees. The shirts were of stiff cotton with a collar (suitable to hold a tie). Woollen stockings were also worn.
In the 1930’s the uniform was widely changed to a blouse, pleated tunic and matching bloomers and sport shoes.
Mid 1930’s & late 1960’s
During this time the tunics gradually shortened in length, socks took the place of stockings, the materials used (wool and cotton) became lighter and finer. This trend continued as the fashions of the time altered. During this time as the tunics shortened, sports briefs replaced bloomers.
Tunics were replaced with skirts and polo tops were introduced. Bibs also were also introduced around this time, which made identifying the players’ position easy.
1970’s & mid 1995’s
The polo shirts were made of light cotton knit and followed the trends of the time: skin tight (70’s), looser (80’s) and oversized (90’s).
From 1993 to 1995 most Australian National League teams introduced the body suit. Also at this time bibs were modified to have press-studs or velcro for efficient and easy changeovers.
The body suits today are made out of a lycra based material that is light, durable and easy to wash.
This information is courtesy of Netball Victoria publication (1994) “The Awakening Giant” and Netball Australia archives.