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  1. Choosing the right hoodie designs for high school trips

    When the dust has settled on our schooling, most of us feel a swell of conflicting emotions. A sense of pride and finality engulfs our thoughts. Most of us feel a touch of trepidation mixed with excitement as we step forth into the world.

    As you travel through your life, the memories of school days stick with us. From time to time, we all remember the good old days when we won the journey abroad without our parents for the very first time.

    In short, choosing the right hoodie design for any school trip will bond students together and create lifelong memories. So what elements make up a great hoodie for a school trip?

    THE COLOUR

    Just as the design of school trip clothing is important, so too are customisable colours. Our perceptions are influenced by colours, just as our moods can be heightened or changed if surrounded by gloomy grey hues.

    Now, the very last emotion that students and teachers should feel when on a school trip is gloomy or downcast. Everyone should feel upbeat and excited, relishing every day and making the most of the experience. Choosing stimulating hoodie colours can help students to feel happier – getting the best out of their school trip experience.

    Fortunately, hoodies can be customised in a wealth of different colours – including those that invoke feelings of warmth and excitement. Not only that but, the different colours of school hoodies offer terrific branding opportunities. A group of happy, well-behaved students is great publicity for your school.

    THE DESIGN

    Let’s be honest, most students, especially teenagers, are quite fashion conscious. They wouldn’t be caught dead in baggy jeans or a dad jumper. As for school uniforms, well once the weekend arrives, parents are hardly surprised to find shirts, shoes, ties and blazers strewn about a teenager’s bedroom!

    But, do school hoodies fall, end up on the bedroom floor, or crumpled in a cupboard? not an attractive design, one that includes the school emblem and funky graphics will impress even the most fashion-conscious of teenagers and will ensure their school hoodie takes pride of place in a teenager’s wardrobe.

    Not only that but a well-designed school hoodie, complete with bespoke graphics, vivid colours or a school emblem looks smart – and is arguably the only school attire that students feel comfortable wearing whether on a school trip or at home relaxing.

    Portraying the right impression is paramount when on a school trip – and a well-designed school hoody certainly does that. Whether departing on a school skiing trip to France or visiting a local place of historical interest, the right hoodie designs for high school demonstrates that your school invests

    in pupils, is conscientious about appearance and cares about the type of attire that students want to wear.

    PERSONALISED NAMES

    Another great way that school hoodies can be customised is with the addition of embroidered names incorporated with the design. This builds camaraderie amongst students who relish and enjoy their school experience.

    Personalised names give students that sense of collective identity within a school. Something that has long been associated with school teams, personalised school hoodies make students feel part of a team – whilst retaining a sense of identity with their name embossed on the back.

    Just consider the number of teenagers that fly around the pitch, emulating their sporting heroes or their name on the reverse of a sports shirt. Embossed names give teenagers a sense of confidence and pride – a trait that will help them to excel in all their endeavours.

    Why not choose hoodies embossed with the school emblem, destination and year of the trip on the top left corner and then include each student’s name on the reverse side, or underneath the school graphic? Engaging, smart and fashionable, these personalised hoodie designs for high school make the perfect addition to any school attire.

    These are just some of the reasons why you should consider customising your school hoodies for a school trip. Make your next school trip memorable and inspire your students all year round. Choose a customised school hoodie!

    So for all your promotional clothing requirements look no further than the team at Logos 4 Clothes. Call us on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  2. How to claim tax back for your work uniform

    How to claim tax back for your work uniform

    If you’re required to wear specific clothes during your work hours – whether that’s personalised workwear or a more recognisable uniform, like a dental nurse’s tunic or police attire – and you cover your costs for washing and small repairs, you could be entitled to £100s of tax for up to five years’ expenses.

    Better yet, you can do this without consulting expensive firms of solicitors for help. Simply fill out a P87 form and do it yourself – for FREE.

    How do I claim uniform tax?

    You can claim uniform tax for the previous five years if you can prove you have been wearing a uniform that whole time. Simply fill in a P87 form on the direct.gov website – and either submit it online or print it out and post the old-fashioned way. You’ll need to fill out one form per each year of your claim.

    Am I entitled to claim back my laundry costs?

    There are a few requirements you’ll have to meet.

    Your employer requires you to wear the uniform during work hours or business activity.

    You must wear clothing which is recognised as being a work uniform. This can be something as simple as a t-shirt branded with your company’s name, a certain ‘dress code’ you must adhere to for work, and of course more recognisable uniforms like medical staff or the emergency services.

    You paid income tax in the year(s) you’re claiming back for.

    You’re required to purchase, clean or replace it yourself. If you’re required to make small repairs (sewing on buttons, fixing zips – that kind of thing) that also counts.

    If you’re in the police force, check your specific force’s arrangements.

    If you’re self-employed, you should claim uniform and laundry expenses when filling in your self-assessment tax return.

    It is important to note that this does not apply if your employer washes your kit, provides the facilities to do so or pays for this maintenance.

    You’ll be asked to submit this information: –

    Your occupation, job title and industry sector

    Employer’s name and address

    Your National Insurance Number and PAYE reference

    How you want to be paid – into your bank account or by cheque

    Once your claim has been processed, you’ll receive a letter explaining how much you’re entitled to and when the money will be paid. Just bear in mind it could take up to five weeks to process a claim.

    Once you’ve made a claim the first time around, your tax code should adjust automatically and save you from claiming manually the next time. If it hasn’t, simply call Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on 0300 200 3300.

    What amount could I get back?

    The amount you’re entitled to depend on the industry you work in.

    The standard flat-rate allowance for uniform maintenance is £60; if you’re a basic-rate taxpayer, you can claim 20% of this (£12) back. Higher-rate payers can reclaim 40% (£24). Other occupations have

    more specific limits, such as ambulance staff, with a maximum of £185.

    So, remember for all your workwear requirements look no further than the team at Logos 4 Clothes. Call us on 01400 230 180 or email us info@logos4clothes.com.

  3. Be Your Branding Billboard

    So you’ve got your business card, yes? Maybe even a website tailored and branded with your company logo with images and content that display what your company is about and the services you provide. You might even have a small or large marketing budget that allows you to place advertisements in media that your local, national or international customer base visit frequently.

    So how else do customers find your products or services? Still to this day, word of mouth one of the most powerful marketing tools there is. No matter how big your marketing budget, you cannot buy the belief and trust that a friend will give somebody when they recommend a company they have had a good experience with.

    So how about the next best thing? What you wear.

    To fully appreciate the impact that branding your workwear can have, we need to dig a little deeper to understand the human psyche.

    There’s a reason why Ralph Lauren embroiders their clothing with their logo. Well, there’s two. One, you can instantly recognise what brand of the polo shirt is being worn, and, in the process, whoever is wearing that polo shirt is advertising Ralph Lauren.

    And two, it makes the wearer feel fantastic; “I don’t sell clothes, I sell a lifestyle”.

    Now, the majority of workwear isn’t going to be a £100 Ralph Lauren polo shirt. But the same principles apply. By branding your workwear either with embroidery or print you are achieving several things. You and your staff are a walking, talking billboard for your company. Whether you pop into town for your lunch or are out and about in general, people will notice your website address on your back or a logo on the front of your shirt.

    By branding your workwear you are making a statement. “This is what I believe in. I’m proud to work for this company.” If you believe in your company, so will your customers.

    Initiating a staff workwear policy with branded clothing can instil a sense of pride in your staff. A sense of belonging and being part of a team.

    Also, and quite an important but simple note to remember, is to make sure your workwear is fresh, clean and presentable. Make sure you ditch the tired, dirty workwear and replace it regularly to keep you and your staff looking fresh and smart. If you look untidy and ‘unkept’ that doesn’t give the best message for your company. Allowing your staff to wear clothing with holes or logos flaking off can do more harm than good to the reputation of your business.

    And remember, first impressions are so important and do count!

    For all your personalised clothing and workwear why not contact the team at Logos 4 Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  4. Which is better: Embroidery vs Printing

    When it comes to the big question of embroidery vs printing, technically, you can do either on any type of garment. However, both processes have certain characteristics that lend themselves to particular applications through cost and suitability, cost or even both.

    If you are looking for some personalised clothing for your organisation, there are a few things you’ll need to ascertain before going ahead. The most obvious is what type of garments you’re wanting – such as robust workwear, t-shirts or polo shirts for one-off events. This will normally also determine the required lifespan of the garment and the longevity of the actual image. Where will the logo, message or other imagery be placed? How large should it be? How many will you need, and in what sizes?

    What’s the difference?

    Embroidery involves reproducing an image by stitching threads directly into the actual fabric using automated machinery. This enables multiple garments to be personalised in up to 15 colours in one job.

    For printing, the traditional screen method is still very popular and widely used, but gradually being replaced by a DTG (Direct-to-Garment) process by an increasing number of suppliers, including ourselves. As the name suggests, this prints the image directly on to the garment from a computer, enabling a lot more flexibility and creativity than the screen-printing process.

    Which works better?

    Embroidery simply looks more prestigious on a polo shirt or branded business which will be worn in front of their customers. It will also produce a longer-lasting image on items such as work trousers, overalls and lab coats which can encounter harsh conditions including very frequent washing. Embroidery is also recommended for caps.

    For lightweight gardens such as t-shirts, printing is the best choice as it’s unobtrusive and won’t affect the feel or wearability of the garment, or ‘pucker’ the material. T-shirts often feature a larger image too, as mentioned previously.

    What costs are involved?

    The key setting up process for embroidery involves effectively digitising your logo or design to create a file to instruct the machines. This involves a set-up cost that increases with finished image size. The actual embroidery is cheaper for smaller images (such as pocket-sized logos), particularly for smaller quantities (less than 100 or so). Previously, the embroidery was also considered more economical for images with several colours, but DTG printing has changed all that. So cost-wise, for a business shirt, polo or lab coat with your logo on the breast – embroidery is ideal. Embroidering a large logo across the entire back of the garment can become very costly. Printing should be considered for this kind of application.

    So, whatever you choose, either embroidery or printing why not speak to the experts at Logos 4 Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  5. Get your Jacket sorted Now!

    With the British summer nowhere to be seen at the moment, many people are grabbing their jacket to keep warm.

    But whoever thinks that a jacket is simply an item of clothing to keep warm, should think again. Sure, most jackets are designed to afford some kind of protection against the cold weather. They do however represent a fantastic opportunity to publicise your brand … whether you’re a company, event organiser, club or sports team.

    How can you make the most of this opportunity?

    At work, your staff will love to receive a high-quality personalised jacket with the firms branding. For them, the protection aspect – especially in colder months – will show that you’re a caring business owner. And somehow, because it’s more substantial than a shirt (and generally is far more expensive) they will be proud to wear it, out for lunch (or smoking break) or at the weekend. Also – if you have a mobile workforce – a personalised jacket is a great way to identify your employees working on customer sites or delivering your products.

    Nowadays, methods of personalising a jacket have become so sophisticated that the possibilities are as wide as your imagination. You may want to reproduce a complex pattern in many colours across the whole back of the garment … or a list of tour dates (for your band or sports team). For a professional supplier, neither are a problem, so neither, of course, is simply embroidering your logo on the breast.

    What’s the best type of jacket you can buy? Only you know the answer to that, depending on your needs. Check out our superb range on the site – which includes everything from the ubiquitous windbreaker or shell jacket to more specialised garments such as parkas, varsity jackets, bodywarmers, manager’s jackets and even urban padded biker jackets … with sizes, weights, men’s/ladies’ fits, colours and many other options to browse.

    Why not have a chat with a member of our sales team, who can also advise on all other aspects of portraying your image at its very best. Call us today on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  6. The Rise of the School Leavers Hoodies

    The simple hoodie is a staple garment in pretty much everyone’s wardrobe, and you can easily see why. Ideal for travelling, throwing on when going to the gym, or even to show off your school spirit, hoodies have a great appeal to young and old.

    Hoodies are due to celebrate their 100th birthday before the end of the decade. Their origins date back to 1919 when American business, Champion Products, then trading as the Knickerbocker Knitting Company, designed the first hooded sweatshirt, with the trademark hood added to protect people from the cold.

    Now, school hoodies have become the symbol of school spirit. Visit any campus in Britain and be amazing by how many are wearing them – even lecturers!  

    Here’s a look at the rise of the hoodie and why you need to jump on board now!

    THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF THE HOODIE

    Harold Lipson, a former president at Champion, recognised how welcomed the hoodie was by working professionals and decided to promote the clothing to schools across America.  

    They were an instant hit with pupils and schools alike, Champion began working directly with schools to meet their sports apparel needs. The result of these partnerships was the manufacture of a large and comfortable hooded sweatshirt, ideal for school track and American football athletes nationwide.

    After the mass use of fabric screen printing in the ’80s, customising clothing with school colours became ever increasingly popular.

    THE 30 YEAR HERITAGE OF SCHOOL LEAVERS HOODIES

    For over 30 years, school custom leavers hoodies have continued to rise year on year. Viewed as an effective means of promoting individual educational institutions, even the most prestigious schools and universities have jumped on board with hoodies as a symbol of educational pride.

    Viewed as one of the most eye-catching and effective ways of promoting school awareness, customising hoodies with your school colours and logo will attract positive attention. Primary and secondary schools across Britain have embraced the hoodie recognising that they enhance pupil experience and the overall perception of the school.

    HOW SCHOOL LEAVERS HOODIES DEFINE SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS TODAY

    It’s acknowledged that pupils learn in a comfortable and relaxing environment. This is one of the reasons why a great number of state primary and secondary schools have voted against a traditional school uniform, in favour of casual clothing for pupils.

    School hoodies promote school awareness, whilst simultaneously allowing pupils to feel comfortable and relaxed in the classroom. Unlike the traditional shirt and tie, hoodies can allow enhancing pupil concentration, allowing them to achieve their full potential.

    When graduation time comes, school leavers hoodies colours also promote school awareness long after the pupil has taken the next step in their lives. Instantly recognisable, this branded clothing is a great advertisement for any school in the local community, and the wider world too!

    JUMP ON BOARD WITH HOODIES NOW!

    Lots of schools across Britain believe strongly in the merits of buying customised hoodies online. This opinion has resulted in their surge in popularity, not only over the last thirty years but recently too. 

    The reputation of a school is paramount to its continued success. But, for any primary and secondary school to build a reputation, a school must concentrate on promoting awareness. 

    Therefore, school hoodies are a vital element to promoting your school. Think about it, if you’re a parent, actively looking at primary or secondary schools that will allow your son or daughter to thrive, which will you pick? The one that makes them happy and allows them to thrive.

    Imagine that you’re walking close to home and see a group of happy school children out on an excursion. Each child is attentive to the teacher and well-behaved. You think to yourself, ‘I wonder what school they attend?’ Then you spot a distinctive school hoodie with their school colour and emblem.

    This may just convince you that this school is the one for your child – and you may not have considered it if it hadn’t been for all the hoodies the pupils are wearing!

    School hoodies have evolved to be an essential part of a pupil’s experience and a school’s promotional activities. If you haven’t considered their merits, perhaps it’s time to jump on board now!

    For all your school hoodie requirements speak to the Logos 4 Clothes sales team today on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  7. The Top Five Advantages of Work Uniforms

    If you’re thinking about getting some uniforms for your office but aren’t quite sure if they are right for you, then you may want to look at the top five advantages that workwear can offer you.

     

    1. Smarten your Appearance

    First and foremost, wearing a uniform to work can help you and your colleagues to come across as highly smart and professional.

    It has been argued that in some lines of work, staff who wear distin­gu­is­hable work uniforms are often more trusted by customers than those who do not. Being professional is the key to success, so it’s very important to keep your workforce looking smart and sharp. Whether it’s with a smart-looking buttoned-up shirt, plain polo or a work hat, incor­porating standardised apparel into the workplace will help both your employees and your business look more profes­sional.

     

    1. Managed with Ease

    Sometimes it can be rather difficult to get everyone looking right. Trying to ensure your employees look their best at all times can sometimes seem like a tall order, as what one person considers to be smart, another would see as quite scruffy.

    Employees’ uniforms can help you to banish this problem for good, ensuring that everyone knows exactly what they need to wear at all times. Invest in some work-friendly apparel and you can make sure that you’re spending more time sorting out the issues that matter in your workplace and less time worrying about employees’ appearances.

     

    1. Corporate Identity

    Free branding alert! Alongside profes­si­onalism and manage­ability, work uniforms can also be a source of free advertising for your business.

    If your logo is on staff members clothing and accessories, you will be promoting your company without even realising it. Travelling to work, taking a lunch break, even eating out at a restaurant means that company members will find themselves all across the local area and they will be promoting your company.

     

    1. Sense of Togetherness

    Do you find that sometimes your team members can’t work together? Or maybe they struggle to find some common ground over which they can build on? If so, uniforms could be the answer!

    Workwear can bring people together, giving them something that they can all be part of. This experience can be rewarding and could not only help improve work relations but encourage a happier, more hardworking member of the team too.

     

    1. Keep cost in check

    Finally, it’s great to know that alongside all of these benefits, staff uniforms are incredibly cost-effective as well. When buying workwear in large quantities, you can save huge amounts of money that can be put to good use elsewhere in your business.

     

    So, whatever you are looking for on the uniform front speak to the experts at Logos 4 Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  8. How to choose workwear uniforms

    So, you want to plan out a new kit for your employees with a uniform that reflects and matches your companies needs comes with a few considerations.

    Here is a quick rundown of the key points:-

    1. How sweaty are your crew likely to get?

    This is a very important factor to consider. Garments are made from cotton or polyester either 100% of either or a mix of the two. Cotton is considered a more comfortable fabric that is slightly cooler in hot working conditions. This is true but polyester does have some virtues that are worth considering especially when it comes to workwear. If your staff work in air-conditioned offices then cotton is perfectly fine. If your employees are outdoors in inclement weather conditions or they are doing active tasks that cause them to perspire then polyester or a garment with a heavy poly mix might be a better solution. Polyester has natural wicking and drying elements that means an active person will perspire but the garment will allow for quicker evaporation, cooling and drying which cotton simply cannot match. Sports garments are nearly always made of a synthetic like polyester for this exact reason. It also stands up to more regular and hotter washing which means those filthy jobs where garments are put through a wash rigour can last a great deal longer.

    1. Do you have non-standard colour schemes with your brand?

    When your graphic designer was given a brief to create an amazing logo and branding, they got carried away with the Pantone book! The result looked amazing when you opened the PDF they sent through the next day but wait!! They decided that they needed to cram 12 colours in your design with loads of gradients and some obscure colours that were all the rage right now. This leads to a lot of problems if you want your garments to match those colours and when we have to print or embroider the logo. Garments come in all the basics like Black, White, Navy, Red etc…and there are also lots of off-kilter colours and interesting tones and textures but there is a limit. We have compiled a list of some colours available with Pantone references for some of the main brands. If you want a garment in a colour that does not exist as a standard off the shelf then this can be done but you will need to buy in bulk and wait 6-8 weeks for them to be manufactured offshore. Our sales staff can provide advice on this point.

    1. What decorative process is going to be best for you?

    There are five options for garment decoration but in all honesty, only two are suitable for workwear. Screen printing or embroidery.

    Screen printing is cheaper and works in most instances for images.

    Embroidery is a little bit more expensive and only really is viable for small logos. The reason for this is that it takes longer to embroider a design and the number of stitches in your logo determines the price. The bigger the design, the more stitches, the higher the cost.

    A screenprint is great for t-shirts used for short term / high staff turnover situations such as on a waiter/waitress in an informal restaurant setting.

    Embroidery is best for a more prestigious look for smarter shirts or polo shirts or for chef wear and aprons, which needs to stand up to the rigours of repeat washing. Embroidery is almost impossible to wreck during the normal wash and wear cycles but screen print can be damaged by over washing or incorrect settings. 

    It is not uncommon for us to embroider a logo on the breast of a polo shirt or t-shirt but screen print in the back. This enables a large graphic to go on the back of the garment but avoids the cost that a large embroidery would incur for that back image.

    1. What is the objective for this garment?

    Are your staff likely to be interreacting with customers or just in the general view of the public?

    Is there a health and safety element that needs to be considered?

    In a busy store or restaurant or at a trade show or wherever there is a ‘throng’ of human bodies, your guys need to stand out. Being on hand to provide a service that helps the sale is vital. Printing a big welcoming statement like ‘I’M HERE TO HELP’ on the back of the garment helps customers identify your staff. Using your personnel as walking adverts for your business with your website or phone number or whatever you feel is the most pertinent message on the back of a garment is also an opportunity that should be taken. If you are pushing a particular product at any time then ‘WHY NOT TRY OUR NEW VANILLA LATTE’, or whatever is also an opportunity to cross-sell.

    1. What is your staff turnover rate and your growth expectations?

    Like all purchases that you will make with your suppliers, the more you buy, the cheaper they eventually become. Screen printers and embroiderers work in price breaks so factor this into your t-shirt printing order. There are great savings when you hit the 50pcs and 100pcs price break so think about how many t-shirts you are going to get through in the next 6 months before you make your purchase. Remember that it takes about 10 working days for most print suppliers to turn your order around so plan for that opening or promotion or trade show you know is coming up.

    For all your corporate clothing requirements please get in touch with Logos4Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

     

     

  9. Work Shirts Explained

    So, you are looking to find the right work shirt – we thought we would come up with a few tips to help you browse through our catalogue of personalised work shirts.

     Most customers tend to buy shirts that are described by the manufactures as “tailored” or “fitted” in the actual hope that it will look more professional and in uniform. What you need to understand is that everyone has a different body shape and only catering for two body types can be a recipe for disaster and can hit you in the pocket!

    If you are buying a uniform for a team – try ordering some samples of different fits and styles such as slim fit, fitted, standard fit and tailored. You might also want to consider short, long and oxford shirts when you order.

     

    Fitted Shirts

    These are designed to hug your chest, arms and waist area. These shirts should feel snug but not too tight. If the shirt is too tight you will start spilling out. This style might not be the best style for you and your team.

     

    Slim Fit Shirts

    Slim fit shirts are designed to fit like a second skin and they are usually better for slimmer, more petite men and women. A slim shirt offers a curved hem, shorter sleeves which in turn makes the garment look perfect when it’s nicely tucked in.

     

    Tailored fit shirts

    These shirts are made for the average person. The garment offers more shape around the shoulder, sleeve and collar. They are usually a good bet for the whole team, but ensure you order the correct sizes for each team member!

     

    Standard Fit shirts

    Standard Fit shirts are made loose, with no darts or curved hems and often do not have collar buttons. This fit is very popular and it often offers a large range of sizes which all the other fits simply do not.

    So, if you are looking for more advice with regards to fitted shirts, slim fit shirts, tailored fit shirts or standard fit shirts please do not hesitate to speak to the team at Logos 4 Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  10. Ten Ways to Upcycle Your Old Workwear

    Here at Logos 4 Clothes, we understand the impact textile waste can have on our fragile environment.

    As we all know synthetic clothing can take over 40 years to biodegrade, but 95% of textiles are recyclable it only makes sense that we should do whatever we can to recycle and repurpose our older pieces and save them from the landfill.

    1. Safety first

    If you have an article of clothing with reflective bands you can cut off the strips then attach them to whatever accessory of clothing suits you best. You could also sew these strips to jackets or backpacks for a safer stroll in the evenings, or even tie them around your ankles for some night time cycling. Also, you could repurpose an old reflective jacket for your dog to act as a little jacket for those night time walks.

    1. Stay Warm and also Lower those Bills.

     No one likes paying more for their bills than they have to, and one easy way to reduce overall heating expenditure is by using draught excluders. But why not make yours yourself by using an old uniform at virtually no extra cost. Here’s a video of how to do this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqPcDkAJVbM.

    1. Make Some Extra Money

    If you’re a dab hand at sewing and D.I.Y. you can experiment with all your excess fabrics and create your products to even sell online similarly to the team behind the Bike Project charity (https://thebikeproject.co.uk/pages/mission). Proceeds from products sold on their website go towards helping refugees and there are plenty more ways to support their efforts.

    1. Scrub Up and Save Up

    According to recent surveys, the average UK households spend £125 on cleaning products every year – money they could spend on more exciting items in life! There are some products we can easily avoid buying. Like for example wet wipes and disposable cloths. It’s a shame for them to end up as waste, but it is also incredibly easy to fashion reusable alternatives at home. If you have any old uniforms or clothing maybe in a softer fabric (or other worn underwear, t-shirts you name it!) simply cut them up and into the necessary sizes. Scrub what you need and wash when used.

    1. Help a Creative

    The web is home a vast array of small artists and designers, amongst whom a significant number are involved in what is probably best described as an anti-fast fashion movement. With sites like Depop (described as the creative community’s mobile marketplace) hosting over 10 million independent merchants, these designers are not hard to find. Any many of them refuse to buy virgin fabrics – which is where you could come in.

    1. Pass Them Dove to The Youth of Today

    Remember, you don’t have to completely reinvent hi-visibility wear. If you have enough undamaged, usable fabric, you can simply save the best bits and fashion a new child-size vest. These are always useful for schools and day-care centres that take their kids on field trips. They would appreciate the gift.

    1. Good Things Come in Small Packages

    Why not make a bum bag following the steps and pattern in this inspiring video by the ProperFit Clothing company – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdgOzArP4Xs.

    1. Get Nice and Cosy

    Remember too much fabric for your current bum bag needs. No worries.

    You may want to try a bigger D.I.Y. project like perhaps making a throw blanket or patchwork quilt. All you have to do is to save the best bits of each garment and go crazy with your artistic instincts!

    1. Fun for Your Furry Friend

    If you have a dog, why not create a snuffle mat? Dogs love them and they are simple to make. All you need is a pair of scissors, some old clothes and fabrics and a drain mat. Once you have these materials to hand follow these steps:-

    • Cut your fabric into some long strips. Vary the sizes if you like, but ensure that they are long enough to complete the following steps.
    • Loop each strip through two neighbouring holes in the drain mat. With the long ends facing upwards – away from the ground. Then tie them into a knot.
    • Repeat this until you have every hole filled – going over holes multiple times if necessary.
    • Tie any remaining strips around the perimeter of the mat to hide the rubber edge.
    • Then, the fun starts…let your dog loose!
    1. Reinvent to Look

    For many years the world of fashion has taken a great deal of inspiration from labourer’s uniforms, but we are starting to see it go a stage further now for the sake of the environment.

    Too many used uniforms have been discarded as trash and therefore save them from the landfill and you can do the same. Here are some little tweaks that you can do to transform a look. For example, why not embrace the cargo pant trend by attaching a decorative chain to the belt loops of your work trousers – any colour works.

    Chains can be bought from eBay from as little as £1.39, whereas a brand new pair of carbo trousers can cost up to £45. So even if you’d rather gift this look than wear it yourself it’s certainly worth a try!

    For more great clothing and workwear ideas why not speak to the team at Logos 4 Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.