WRCNS Summer and Winter Uniforms
This photograph shows members of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) in summer (light) and winter (dark) uniforms.
The creation of a women's branch in a previously all-male navy brought with it a number of changes, including a need for women's uniforms. Dark blue winter uniforms (left and centre) contrast with lighter blue summer uniforms (right and second from left). Summer uniforms for ratings (right) subsequently changed from a one-piece dress to a skirt and jacket. Ratings' hats (right and centre) were replaced by a naval style cap, often called a beret, and were later joined by a tricorne hat like that worn by WRCNS officers.
George Metcalf Archival Collection