Traditionally, the fencer’s uniform is white and the instructor’s uniform is black.
Fencing clothing has always been made of a flexible but durable fabric, such as sailcloth.
For safety reasons, the characteristics of the outfit are now strictly regulated.
At international competitions, the suit must be resistant to 800 Newtons. National requirements differ from country to country: the 350 N standard may be sufficient. To ensure the safety and proper functioning of electrical signalling, the material must be clean and in good condition.
In most competitions, the athlete must have their name and nationality written on the back of the vest. Each country determines its “national dress” (including the mask), a single design for all fencers of the same country participating in a high-level competition.
All colours are allowed on the clothing, except for black.