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    Uniform

    I'm off to the scout shop next week uniform shopping for the first time. Interview done, and going to be made all official!
    I was just wondering if the ladies can point me in the right direction.
    Are the uniforms normally true to size?
    Do you prefer long sleeved or short sleeved blouses?
    Any other fabulous buying hints and tips?

    I hate buying clothes at the best of times and want to get a bit of an idea.

    Thank you!!!
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    My advice is to try them on.

    And go for long sleaves - you can always roll them up if its too hot.
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    def long sleeves.

    mine are always rolled up!

    ive two ladies shirts but my fav is a mans one that ive had 25 years.
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    The advice I can give you is short sleeve shirts are made of thinner material than the long sleeve shirt.

    Ladies trousers are not true to normal sizes so as suggested try on as much as you can.

    My advice always buy a size up in shirt so you don't have a problem when sticking hand in air to get quiet.

    All the best, happy shopping and if you need more help just ask.

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    The trousers are tiny, so buy one, if not two sizes bigger. If you're looking at the skirt, perhaps invest in a whalebone corset. I jest, but I'm fairly hourglass shaped and the waist on the skirt was ridiculously small.

    I wear a large shirt and am a size 16 top, I find the ladies shirt is still too man-shaped for me and bunches up around the waist when trying to tuck it in


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    Thank you very much!

    I suspected the trousers might come up small as in my last job we wore something very much like them and I had all sorts of problems trying to get the size right.

    I'll probably go for the long sleeves too. Long sounds more like what I'm after.

    I think I'll give the skirt a miss! I'm not much of a skirt person and my waist is nowhere near tiny!

    Thanks for the tips,
    Hopefully I'll look the part after next week
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    Like others have said, try on as much as you can.

    Consider men's trousers as well as men's shirt, although I've not tried the new ladies trousers so they may have improved. The old ones were pretty awful. I have to confess to having tailored my own shirt to get one that tucked in in a vaguely neat manner - but it was a special occasion.

    Long sleeved shirts all the way - unless your hall is super toasty all year around and you only ever wear very boring underwear. The short sleeve are also lighter weight fabric, which equates to see through in beige.

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    all the female leaders I know wear mens, other than shirts (those who aren't Sea Scout) and some then still wear mens shirts.

    I have a short sleeved 'normal' shirt that is fairly thin, but with something under it is warm in winter, although think there's not much different between it and Sea/Air shirt.

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    Whats wrong with the short sleaved shirt?

    Its the only uniform I own.
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    When you try the clothes on ... remember to do some moving around ... stuff you would normally do with your section ... likely crouching and sitting, raising one arm, both arms over your head ... make sure things stay where they are supposed to and keep covering while doing different motions, not just standing still in front of the mirror ...

    and if you are going with long sleeve with the intention of being able to roll up the sleeves, check that the sleeves still fit when rolled up ... I had one shirt that when you rolled the sleeve I couldn't get my arms in the sleeves anymore ... had to go a size larger so that I could be comfortable

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    The ladies uniform is truly TRULY awful. Consider the (unisex) polo shirt insetad of the formal shirt, much more comfortable!

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    Beware the trousers -- all sorts of weird sizing and shapes going on. Definitely try on before you buy! (Or find a Craghoppers equivalent, shhh.)

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    Make sure you can also get a "T" shirt/thermals on under the shirt - Remembrance Day Parade can be very cold at times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leobgh1 View Post
    The ladies uniform is truly TRULY awful. Consider the (unisex) polo shirt insetad of the formal shirt, much more comfortable!
    But the polo shirt is not considered to be core uniform and badges have no place on a polo shirt. I agree that they are comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Make sure you can also get a "T" shirt/thermals on under the shirt - Remembrance Day Parade can be very cold at times!

    Nick
    In which case wear a coat.

    You get adults in the armed forces, plus, police, fire, ambulance peple all tuning up in overcoats then expect Scouts to parade in their shirt sleeves.

    Get real even in B-Ps day Scouts wore coats (OK at that time most people wore gaberdine overcoats and you could still tell they were Scouts with the hats and shorts etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveb123 View Post
    But the polo shirt is not considered to be core uniform and badges have no place on a polo shirt. I agree that they are comfortable.
    I wear my polo shirt on parade, it has my membership badge sewn on in the correct place and with my group necker/woggle I look perfectly smart. No one has taken me to task yet

    ps I am a Beaver leader, that might make a difference?
    Last edited by leobgh1; 20-11-2012 at 10:58 AM. Reason: Can't work these quotes....

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