One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Semi-formal dress for a man consisting of a white shirt, long trousers (or shorts with long white socks), and no jacket.‘Darwin rig is de rigueur for the bar’
- ‘Long-distance walking is as much a Darwin thing as the famous Darwin rig, the business dress of shorts, white shirt, and long socks.’
- ‘He has been known to attend his office in Darwin rig, and on more formal occasions he deserves to be complimented as a sharp dresser.’
- ‘There was a good roll-up of 'top brass', and the crowd had the opportunity of meeting the agricultural minister, complete in Darwin rig.’
- ‘For parties, just about everyone wears shorts and long socks (the much-maligned, yet socially approved Darwin rig).’
- ‘Mr Nott will perhaps be best remembered for his insistence on the Darwin rig for formal affairs here.’
- ‘He decreed 'coats off' at Government House functions, and Darwin rig was to be official wear in future.’
- ‘In the northern part of the country, a short-sleeved, open-neck shirt with slacks, known as Darwin rig, is acceptable.’
- ‘The usual uproar arose over what exactly constituted Darwin rig.’
- ‘The Darwin rig is common for men.’
- ‘Darwin rig—shorts, long socks, shirt—is de rigueur for the bar.’
1950s: named after the city of Darwin, where the standard business suit was adapted for the tropical climate.
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