6th January 2023

Further Wartime Novelties

Slacks and The Siren Suit

The need for warm clothing able to be thrown quickly over what ever you were wearing (even nightclothes) when the air-raid sirens blared lead to the adoption of what came to be dubbed “the siren suit”. The suits were invented and promoted by Winston Churchill. Women’s versions were designed to be fashionable. They were zippered or buttoned down the front and had large pockets allowed the carrying of quickly grabbed necessities for an overnight stay in an air-raid shelter. They were often hooded and sported a handy buttoned flap at the back.

The Sun (Sydney), 25th September 1939 page 1.

The Mercury (Hobart), 30th November 1939 page 5.

Warwick Daily News (Qld), 29th December 1939 page 3.

The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser (NSW), 13th February 1940 page 7.

Glen Innes Examiner (NSW), 10th March 1942 page 3.

Pix Magazine, 30th May 1942 page 22.

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