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History of Brownie Uniforms
1914
Uniform was not compulsory for girls of Brownie age until 1917. In 1914, the Girl Guides Gazette suggested that Rosebuds wear a blue skirt, knitted jersey, cap or tam and the Rosebud brooch.
1914 Brownie and Guide Uniform
In 1917, Brownies wore a brown tunic dress with patch pockets. A straw hat was introduced as headwear. The uniform could be brightened in 1938 by the option of a gold tie rather than a brown one.
1915 - 1917

There were several versions of the Brownie uniform introduced between 1915 and 1917, sometimes blue and sometimes brown.
1917 - 1950
In 1917, Brownies wore a brown tunic dress with patch pockets. A straw hat was introduced as headwear. The uniform could be brightened in 1938 by the option of a gold tie rather than a brown one.
1917-1938
1950 - 1967
From 1950 Brownies could wear a brown wool beret, but the dress itself remained much the same as that worn since 1917.
1950 -1967
1967 - 1990
A new brown cotton dress was introduced in 1967, with pockets in the skirt rather than the bodice of the dress. For the first time the Promise badge showed the Brownie man within a trefoil, emphasisng the Brownies were part of the Guiding family. The new crossover tie came in gold only. A knitted pom-pom hat took precendence over the beret in 1973.
1967-1990
1990 - 2002
With the launch of Jeff Bank's uniform in 1990, Brownies also underwent a massive change of style. A mix and match uniform of sweatshirt, jumper, polo shirt, t-shirt, jogging bottoms, culottes and shorts was introduced - all in brown and yellow colours
.1990-2002
2002 To Present
Today's Brownie uniform, introduced in September 2002, was designed by dresser of the stars Ally Capellino.The clothes range: a modern collection of mix and match items which keeps the traditional Brownie colours and adds a touch of sky blue, features hooded jackets; boot cut leggings; body warmers; t-shirts and skorts (shorts with a flat front like a skirt).
2002-Present Time 2002-Present Time
Please note the uniforms pictures are from the Bedfordshire Guide Archives and some of the Uniforms are incomplete. If you are able to offer any items for our archives please contact us


History of Guide Uniform
1909 - 1916
B-P suggested in his 'Scheme for Girl Guides' that a jersey and neckerchief of Company colour, together with skirt and stockings of dark blue, should be the uniform of the Girl Guide, worn with a red biretta (or straw hat in the summer). Not until 1911 was the familiar stiff-brimmed navy blue felt hat with chin strap introduced, and by then the blouse had become dark blue and the neckerchief (tie) pale blue. A hat ribbon was also worn with the initials 'B P G G' in gilt on black or dark blue ribbon. The poplin tie, generally reached to the belt and was loose-ended (knotted at one end if the Good Turn was still to be done). Both skirt and shirt were of serge or flannel, and both had patch pockets with black buttoned flaps.
Guide and Brownies Uniform 1910-1916
1917 - 1929
Blouses began to be made of casement cloth, a much thinner material than serge. By the 1920's a definite change in appearance had emerged, though there was no radical change in the uniform. Shirts were more commonly worn outside the skirt and then secured with the belt. The initials 'B P' were now omitted from the hatband, ties were generally folded.
1917-1929
1930 - 1945
In 1929 a dark blue cotton dress was introduced for Guides, and this was very popular throughout the 1930s (though the skirt and shirt were always an alternative and much in evidence during World War II, the skirt generally being pleated in style and naturally much shorter than the skirt of the 1920s). The stiff brim of the old Guide hat disappeared and the hat was now smaller, pudding basin in shape, and without a chin strap. The hat ribbon became a hat badge of two intertwined 'Gs' in gilt on navy blue.
1930 - 1948
1946 - 1963
In 1946 a major change in Guide uniform was introduced. A new bright blue (later to be known as 'Guide' blue) shirt came in which was to be worn inside the navy blue skirt. A navy blue felt beret superseded the hat, and the hat badge was now a Trefoil.
Uniform 1963
1964 - 1980
In 1964/5 Guides were given a new look with the introduction of an air-hostess style cap in navy blue proofed melton, and an overblouse in rayon together with a new style tie. In 1969, after several adjustments the tie became a crossover. The new blouse was open-necked and had pockets at the bottom instead of breast pockets. Originally the sleeves were three-quarter length, but these became full length in 1968. The belt was worn underneath the blouse, if at all, and the county badge was now worn at the back of the neck on the point of the tie.
1964-1980
1981 - 1990
The new Guide blouse in Terylene/cotton was to be worn tucked inside the skirt and had no pockets. The tie reverted to the neckerchief similar in style to that sported by the early Guides, and was worn with a woggle.
1990-200
1990 - 2000
With the launch of a brand new uniform in 1990, designed by Jeff Banks, Guides underwent a radical change. A mix and match uniform of sweatshirt, jumper, polo shirt, t-shirt, jogging bottoms, skirt and trousers were introduced - all in bright 'Guide' blue and navy.
200- Present Time
2000 to Present
To go with the Guide Section Renewal in 2000, new items of Guide wear were introduced, designed by catwalk designer Ally Capellino. The new T-shirt, gilet, rugby shirt and sweatshirt are mid blue and dark blue, with red detail and a Guides logo label.
Uniform Through The Ages
Please note the uniforms pictures are from the Bedfordshire Guide Archives and some of the Uniforms are incomplete. If you are able to offer any items for our archives please contact us.

Last updated 25 February, 2013

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