BIB AND TUCKER: Famous Aussie fashion
YOU MIGHT want to get out your best bib and tucker this Australia Day, but why not take a look at the history behind some of our most iconic Aussie fashion items.
1. The red and yellow cap.
This flattering cap is the sign of safety and assurance for all Aussies who enjoy a dip in the sea and the surf.
The iconic patrol cap became a standard part of the surf life saving uniform in 1939.
Before the red and yellow flags, surf life saving colours were blue and white.
2. The classic cork hat.
An emblem of swagman attire and a tesitment to the resourcefulness (and drinking habits) of the outback life, the cork hat is an Aussie classic.
The purpose behind this iconic hat is a mystery to foreigners but every Australian who knows the frustration of flies in your face can appreciate the practicality behind the design.
The driza-bone company dates all the way back to 1898 and the trademark name we've all come to know was registered in 1933.
These heavy coats are a must-have for all Aussie stockmen, developed to protect them from the rain and weather.
4. Ugg Boots.
These wooly feet warmers have gained international fame, but they originated right here in our back yard.
Enjoyed by everyone from couch potatoes to Hollywood celebrities, the humble ugg is a reflection of Australia's egalatarian outlook.
Because let's be honest, who can pass up that level of comfort.
Not flip flops, thank you very much.
Easy, breezy and blissfully casual, slip on a pair of thongs and you'll instantly feel like you're in holiday mode.
As Aussies we may lay claim to this favourite footwear, but sandal-style shoes date back to 1500 BC in ancient Egypt.
Perhaps we're more cultured than we think!