Somehow I have managed to wear some sort of uniform ever since I was 6!
School - My primary school and high school had uniforms. They were not compulsory, so most of the time I didn't wear it, I wore my own clothes. I wore the school uniform for excursions, debates, concerts, etc. But on an every day basis, no.
Guiding/Scouting - I have worn a version of the guide uniform pretty much once a week, sometimes more since 1977. Even my volunteer position in Mexico had a uniform - blue shorts and a Cabana shirt with a scarf, or my own national uniform. And as waterfront director at summer camp, we had camp t-shirts.
Work - Almost every job I've had has required a uniform:
- KFC (my first job) - really ugly brown dress, pantyhose, brown shoes and a brown hat
- Wrest Point Casino Convention Centre - black skirt, white blouse, maroon bowtie and cumberband, panty hose and black pumps
- Capitol Tokyu Hotel (Tokyo - now closed) - pink skirt and jacket (yep, pink), white blouse, brown vest, panty hose and black pumps
- Tokyo Marunouchi Hotel - grey skirt and vest, white blouse, panty hose and black pumps
- Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Plaza Hotel (London)- black houndstooth skirt, white blouse, navy jacket, pantyhouse and navy pumps
- Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel (London)- same as Radisson Hampshire
- Radisson Rum Corps Resort (Sydney)- (now owned by Sebel) no uniform. Expected to wear business attire
- Swiss Grand Hotel (Sydney) - Navy skirt, white blouse, Red Jacket (as front desk clerk), Navy jacket (as duty manager), pantyhose and navy pumps
- Royal Bank of Canada (Vancouver) - no uniform. Expected to wear business casual
- IKEA - blue pants or medium wash blue jeans, Ikea sweater, steel toes boots
Kind of ironic that I very rarely wore a uniform in 15 years of school (Grades 1-6, Grades 7-10, Grades 11-12, and 3 years of tertiary education), but in 20 years of working I've worn a uniform for 14 years!
I need to find some photos of those uniforms.