Culture and traditions

The typical Australian costume: interesting images and facts

In Australia there is no national typical costume as such. However, we can find different styles of clothing conditioned by weather, lifestyle, etc. In this article, we talk about the main traditional costumes of this territory, both for men and women.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.


This way of dressing is traditional from the interior areas. It began to develop from the 30s, when women began to wear pants, a fact that became more popular during World War II.

The rural style or bushwear It is characterized by jeans, wool vest, rubber coat, fur hat of rabbit and riding boots. Today, there is no lack of a white or light colored shirt and leather belt.

It is considered to be a kind of national costume since, in 2007, the Prime Minister of Australia chose these clothes to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC).

Surf style

In the coastal areas a type of clothing is worn according to the activities practiced in these places, such as surfing. First, the swimsuits have evolved, going through the swimsuit, the bikini and the wetsuits.

From the 50s on, the colored shirts typical of some Pacific islands such as Hawaii and Fiji. In addition, shorts have also become popular, both for men and women.

As for women's clothing, elements from other countries have also been acquired, such as the pareo from Indonesia, the Fiji skirt or the loose shirts from India, garments that adapt to the climate and the needs of this territory.


The concept larrikin refers to the groups of people of the twentieth century who defended free thinking and modernism in Australia, and had a behavior rebel.

These were artists, actors, journalists, etc., who used to meet in coffee shops and listen to music at the time modern as jazz. This current was accentuated in the 60s due to movements such as the liberation of women.

This way of life has also influenced a style of dress that is usually seen especially in cities. The most prominent element is the palm hat.


Although, at present, most of the natives of Australia live in the cities and wear modern clothes, in the past they had their own type of clothing.

At first, it is believed that these people were naked but, after colonialism, began using loincloths and long skirts to cover themselves. However, what stands out most of them is the painting with which they decorated his body.

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the Australian team tried to wear indigenous-inspired clothing. For this, colors such as brown and yellow were used.

If you want to know more about the different indigenous peoples of Australia, we recommend the following article: Australian aborigines.

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