Sometimes we welcome a work uniform — there’s no need to think about what to wear each day so it’s simple and convenient to slip on the same ensemble.

Provided the design is reasonably comfy and has a smidgen of style, we’re not embarrassed to be seen in it.

But some employers insist that their staff wear clothes that are so outlandish and freaky that they must have been designed in a completely different dimension.

So prepare to peek between your fingers at the world’s three weirdest work uniforms.

Hot dog servers

Most hot dogs are created from a magic mix of mystery meats and taste great with lashings of mustard, relish and ketchup.

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But in 1946 Santa Monica native Dave Barham tweaked the classic recipe by stuffing a stick in the middle of the iconic sausage — and Hot Dog on a Stick was born.

The brand is now nationwide in the US and is as famous for great customer service as delicious food.

Staff remain calm, composed and professional despite wearing wild red, white and blue uniforms topped by tall engineers caps.

The firm must do something right to continue to attract talented employees who don’t have a problem dressing up like psychedelic gnomes every day.

Colombian cyclists

Corporate employers have been accused of sexism over the years for nonsensical dress codes that drive women’s style back to the 19th century by banning trousers for females and even insisting they wear high heels and short skirts or dresses.

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This kind of double-dealing is disappointing — but for the most part some progress in clothing equality has been made in the world of sport.

Female sports competitors are usually free to wear the most practical and functional clothing for their particular discipline — and if this is nothing more than an adapted version of male kit, it isn’t an issue.

But the Colombian Women’s national cycling team found themselves the unwitting victims of a wardrobe malfunction a few years ago with nude biking uniforms that appeared much more revealing than they actually were.

Swiss Guard

The Swiss prefer to ski and eat chocolate than actually go to war and this approach seems to work out well for them.

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But the neutral Alpine nation has been providing the Pope with his own personal army for over 500 years.

The Pontifical Swiss Guard troops are highly trained in unarmed combat and modern marksmanship as well as traditional weaponry like halberds and swords.

So try not to laugh at their outrageous multicoloured pantaloon suits with bright red cockerel crest helmets while visiting the Vatican City — or you might end up with a medieval weapon inserted somewhere rather painful.

But weirdness is relative— most Brits are used to the pomp and splendour associated with their military, so the bright red tunics and massive bearskin caps of the Queen’s Guard don’t look nearly as wacky to natives as they do to visiting tourists.

Unusual work uniforms probably cheer up customers and might be more practical than first meets the eye.

But you can’t help wondering whether having to don crazy clothing each day just to make a living is really necessary.

The world’s three weirdest work uniforms might make you realise that your own dress code isn’t that bad after all.

What’s the weirdest work uniform you’ve seen? Share your views in the comments section.

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