Uniform and clothing

Our uniform is an important way to show that we're one united group that all girls can join

Why we have a uniform

Having a uniform provides a sense of belonging and pride in being part of our charity and acts as a unifier across communities and backgrounds. Wearing uniform is one of our core traditions that remains relevant today because it helps bring people together. We should always remember that it isn't the uniform that defines a Girlguiding member, it is living the Promise and Law.

Rather than having one set uniform we have a flexible approach, ensuring that every individual has some choice in the clothing that they wear - whether they are a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, member of The Senior Section or an adult volunteer.

Our uniform ranges are developed in consultation with members and designed to meet the needs of active girls and women.

Clothing to match the weather and activity

Our uniform guidelines for each age group explain what uniform should be worn when. Put simply, it's all about wearing clothing that is appropriate for the weather and activity. Sometimes this means official uniform and at other times casual wear.

Uniform for formal events

You must wear formal uniform for formal events, such as an official reception, or an occasion where you are representing Girlguiding externally. In these instances it's important that you present a professional and smart image on behalf of Girlguiding.

What is non-uniform?

The following items are not considered uniform however this is not an exhaustive list. These things may be worn as casual wear, such as at camps or events, when you are not representing Girlguiding to the general public.

  • Woven trefoil badges as a Promise badge
  • Rainbow tabards
  • The Jeff Banks range of uniform from the 1990s
  • Navy or white adult polo shirts with the old Trefoil design
  • Pink and white striped adult shirt
  • Centenary polo shirt
  • Big Brownie Birthday T-shirt and hoodie
  • Locally produced clothing
  • Event clothing.

Guidewear around the world

Branch Associations might choose to adopt Girlguiding uniform or they might adapt or design suitable guiding wear for their members. The clothing should be appropriate to the climate and customs of the country concerned.

Any adaptation to Girlguiding uniform, or new designs, must first be approved by the Branches Adviser.