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Girl Scouts troops' new uniforms to debut this summer

| Saturday, May 26, 2001


For 13 years, Jaime Komlenic of Mt. Pleasant has been forced by her mother to wear her Girl Scout uniform.

Now, the 17-year-old Senior Scout of the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland will have no problem parading around in a completely new look when updated uniforms hit the shelves this summer.

Louise Wilhelm, shop supervisor for the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland, said the new uniforms for Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors Scouts are just what the troops ordered.

She said surveys conducted by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America revealed members were not happy with the current uniforms, which stifled comfort, mix and matching capabilities and, in some instances, practicality, not to mention they were - well - just plain out of style.

'It's not like it use to be in the older days, but now they give girls more options,' Wilhelm said. 'Girls are more into style now. They want to look good. This is what GSUSA has come up with.'

Colors are cooler, the tops are less confining and the skirts a bit shorter, falling just above the knee instead of below.

'The other green skirts were knee length with those two huge pleats in the front,' Komlenic said. 'The new look is more sophisticated and not as flamboyant. You always felt like you really stood out before.'

For Junior Scouts, new looks include khaki cargo pocket pants, khaki shorts, jade hooded sweat shirts, short-sleeved white polo shirts, jade skorts and skirts and a bucket-style hat.

Cadette and Senior Scouts can now choose from khaki parachute style pants with knee flaps and bungee-cord draws, tapered khaki vests, khaki front-zippered skirts and shorts, navy hooded sweat shirts with pouch pockets and a Girl Scout zipper pull, front-zippered fitted T-shirts made of stretch fabric with the Girl Scout label on a sleeve pocket, available in light blue for Cadettes and navy for Seniors. Short-sleeved polo shirts are also offered in light blue for Cadettes and oatmeal for Seniors. The bucket hat tops it all off.

Wilhelm said the new line will also offer complementing accessories like socks, hair accessories, purses and backpacks in the new colors.

'The new ones are really trendy and they are things that will never go out of style,' Komlenic said. 'The pants and a lot of other things are so versatile. You still look in uniform, but the colors and styles are just like normal clothes.'

In fact, Komlenic said although her Girl Scout days are coming to an end, she'd still like to purchase a new uniform for a Girl Scout National Wider Opportunity program in Georgia she will attend this summer. She said she can wear some of the pieces of the uniform long after she's out of Scouts. 'The khaki shorts are just normal khaki shorts. Those will always be around,' she said.

Komlenic said the separation between Junior Scouts and Cadette and Senior Scouts works well because the younger girls want a little more color, where the older girls, who are a little more self-conscious about how they look, are seeking pieces that fit in with other wardrobe selections as well as look trendy.

The new uniforms will range in price from $25 to $36 for bottoms and $18.50 to $33 for tops. All will be available in regular and plus sizes. Wilhelm noted the accessories start at $15.

Wilhelm said the GSCW also offers financial aid for Scouts so 'no girl should ever go without a uniform.' And because once a uniform becomes official, it remains official, older uniforms are still acceptable.

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