Serbian Uniforms

A uniform is a distinctive dress of members of an organization, military in particular, police, emergency or rescue services. Such dress distinguishes an organised group in that that all their members wear the same clothes, covering differences and emphasising their affiliation, but also providing a certain level of anonymity for those wearing it. A priest’s robe emphasises the vocation and their prophetic distinction in relation to the rest of the God’s people. Wearing a robe in public denotes a missionary dedications of a priest or a monk.

The basic purpose of a military uniform is to make the soldiers of the opposing sides recognisable. Once they used to be made quite distinctive so as to leave a strong impression, but then everyone realised they had to be practical.


The word unifоrm is of Latin origin, meaning, unvaried, of the same shape.


A uniform in its true sense appears in Serbia in the time of the First Uprising. From the turn of the 20th century, quite intensively coloured and shiny and very decorated uniforms slowly give way to simpler, more practical ones of much softer colours.

Olive-grey uniforms were introduced in Serbia in 1908. It also included the cavalry guard, whose look was established in 1861 and was not changed much until the WWII.

The cut, the shape and the fabric of a military dress established after the WWII have not changed much until the present day, with a distinctive difference in the cap insignia, buttons, sleeves and epaulettes introduced in 1994 and in 2007.