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The 10 Wildest Restaurant Uniforms of All Time

From old-fashioned diner getups to highly questionable apparel.

These days, it's not often you walk into a restaurant chain where employees wear matching uniforms. In some establishments the novelty of getting your food delivered by someone in old-timey diner garb can elevate the experience and strike a nostalgic chord.

However, there are some chains that have their employees wear questionable, and in some cases derogatory, clothing. In light of the latest news about Hooters uniform change, we compiled a list of 10 of the wildest restaurant uniforms of all time.


You may have heard that Hooters employees recently filed complaints about the chain's new uniforms which are shockingly more revealing. The change is the shorts, which now resemble underwear. But in response to the backlash the company received from employees, Hooters decided to backpedal on the new short requirements.

"As we continue to listen and update the image of the Hooters Girls, we are clarifying that they have the option to choose from traditional uniforms or the new ones," a spokesperson wrote in an email to Business Insider. "They can determine which style of shorts best fits their body style and personal image."

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Bombshells Restaurant & Bar

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Bombshells is another restaurant chain that requires its female employees to wear objectifying work uniforms. The Texas-based chain was designed to honor all branches of the military—and for some reason that entails waitresses wearing pin-up themed outfits.



When you order a milkshake and fries from Sonic, the hope is that one of the employees, also known as carhops, will deliver your order straight to your car on roller skates or blades. Carhops will even skate your food to you during the winter season so long as conditions are safe.

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Johnny Rockets

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The old school diner is known for its staff's classic uniforms, which typically include an all-white getup, complete with a long apron, retro diner hat, and back bowtie. In select Johnny Rockets locations across the country, the servers sing and dance on the half hour.

Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks Restaurant/ Facebook

Referred to as the "ultimate sports lodge," Twin Peaks employees are asked to wear checkered crop tops and short shorts.

Joe's Crab Shack

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Joe's Crab Shack/ Facebook

When you pay a visit to one of the seafood restaurant's locations, you'll notice employees often wear tie-dyed t-shirts that say "Peace Love Crabs."


in n out
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Much like Johnny Rockets, the work uniform at the California-based burger chain leans into old-fashioned vibes, with staff members often sporting old-timey, diner garb.

Tilted Kilt

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Tilted Kilt is a pub and eatery that supports a long-held (and outdated) patriarchal viewpoint of how women should dress in order to look "attractive." Female employees are required to wear revealing tops and short kilts.

Steak 'n Shake

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Steak n Shake/ Facebook

The home of the beloved Steakburger and plentiful milkshake flavors, Steak 'n Shake holds a special place in many people's hearts. Back in the day, cooks and servers were often dressed in white buttoned up shirts with black bowties and black slacks. These days, not much has changed, except that you may see an employee wearing a black apron as well as a black baseball cap.

TGI Friday's

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TGI Friday's uniforms have, without a doubt, evolved throughout the years. Back in the day, servers wore red and white striped polo shirts with black vests. In March of this year, locations in the United Kingdom brought back the retro uniform in honor of the chain's 35-year anniversary in the UK.

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