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 gives all our members sense of belonging and pride in being part of our charity. It unites us all across across communities and backgrounds.

Wearing uniform is a guiding tradition that is till relevant today. 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, so that every member has a choice in the clothing that they wear – whether they are a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, Ranger or an adult volunteer.

Our uniform ranges are developed with input from our members and designed for 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

We have a formal uniform to wear at formal events, such as an official reception, or an occasion where you are representing Girlguiding externally. At these events 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.

Non-uniform items can 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
  • Old Guide uniform designs
  • 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

British Girlguiding Overseas might wear Girlguiding uniform or they might adapt or design suitable guiding wear for their members. The clothing should suit the climate and customs of the country concerned.

Any changes to our uniform, or new designs, need to be approved by the chief commissioner for British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO).