WITH their baggy grey tracksuit bottoms and shiny red jackets, it is certainly a case of substance over style for the unique uniforms designed for Commonwealth Games volunteers.
Unveiled in a blaze of publicity, the outfits, which will be worn by thousands of people helping at the high profile summer event, were seen for the first time at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow.
Although not as garish as the much-maligned shiny shell suit which was popular in the 1980’s, it seems that comfort has been at the heart of the sporty designs.
The clothing range was created by the outdoor clothing manufacturer Trespass, who are the official provider of casual uniforms for the Games.
The outfits consists of a red polo shirt, grey trousers, a red and white soft shell jacket a red cagoule and grey hat.
The 18,000 strong Games Workforce, known as Clydesiders, will also be given matching bags, umbrellas and a water bottle supplied by AG Barr, an official supporter of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The casual uniform for technical officials was also unveiled at yesterday’s event which is similiar to that of the volunteers but in blue and green rather than red.
The official Games mascot Clyde was also at the launch where some staff and Clydesiders were plucked from their seats and asked to model the new uniform.
Afzal Khushi, Director of Trespass, said a combination of practicality and style had been at the heart of the design.
“We wanted to create something which was both practical and stylish, would reflect the city and would help the Clydesiders and workforce stand out from the crowd,” he said.
“Everyone here at Trespass is immensely proud to have been involved in creating something which will be an integral part of the Games and which will be a lasting memory and impression on visitors and locals alike.”
He added: “Our business has been based here in Glasgow for more than 70 years, so to see thousands of people here celebrating sport and enjoying our own home City will be thrilling.