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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

     

     

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 5 Reasons Why Creating a Uniform is a Great Idea for your Business

    1. It Promotes Trust

    In the same way that a police uniform identifies a law officer to you, a uniform can identify someone which is out in the future making a service call or travelling to visit a customer home. A uniform eases the mind of the customers letting a plumber into their homes, or handing over the keys to a motorbike mechanic when their bike needs servicing.

    1. A sense of belonging

    Employees wearing the same clothes feel a sense of commonness and belonging. This is quite difficult to achieve otherwise and adds a degree of motivation and pride for the employee.

    1. Corporate Branding

    When you ask employees to wear uniforms in your distinctive colours this can have a real effect in cementing an impression in the mind of the customer. Uniforms act as a further distinguishing mark from competitors and therefore helping to reinforce your brand. Furthermore, consistency in your employees’ appearance with the overall branding effort will have a very positive impression on the customer and enhance the corporate image you portray.

     

    1. No need for a dress code!

    In today’s workplace trying to enforce a dress code is very problematic at best. Often boundaries are hazy and this can lead to resentful feelings from the employees who are told their attire is not appropriate for the workplace. Some employees often see receiving a uniform as a perk of the job. Often it can encourage people to apply for a job and represents considerable conservation of effort and time for the employee who doesn’t have to foot the bill for their work attire.

     

    1. Projecting Professionalism

    In customer-facing businesses its important to look professional, uniform and ready to serve. Uniforms make staff identifiable, letting customers seek out help in a store if they need it. Staff wearing uniforms inspire confidence by letting customers know that the person is professional and with product knowledge and also keen to help. With uniforms, employees take on the reputation of the company making them look trustworthy as the company you have built.

     

    For all your uniform requirements speak to the team at Logos 4 Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email info@logos4clothes.com.

  9. The Evolution of the Polo Shirt

    The polo shirt has been one of the best selling garments in history and we thought we would give you a trip into the past to see how this short-sleeved, casual garment is a true wardrobe staple and why it works perfectly to any uniform.

    Polo-shirts and its name are quite recent in their creation compared to other items in your wardrobe. Their story takes us back to the 19th Century in India when the British soldiers decided to watch a polo match. As the sport grew in popularity and the British Military became avid fans and players of the sport they found that the traditional Polo attire of the time was not up to the job and they decided to add buttons to the collars to stop them flapping all over the place while they were playing.

    As the 19th Century drew to a close, a gentleman called John E Brooks (grandson of the founder of the Brooks Brothers company based in America) came over to Britain on a European buying trip. While he was there he decided to watch a polo match and noticed the button-down collars the players were wearing.

    John was so impressed he took the idea back home to America and Brooks Brothers proceed to apply button-down collars to dress shirts.

    This shirt was then introduced in 1896 and became the iconic Button-Down formal shirt. In turn, changing the face of menswear. The shirt is said to be the most imitated item in the whole of the fashion industry and Brooks Brothers still call their shirts the original polo-shirt.

    The next evolution of this famous shirt took place on the Tennis court. A gentleman by the name of Rene Lacoste found his tennis attire was rather uncomfortable, it was made more for fashion and looks rather than sporty function. He proceeded to redesign the clothing to make it easier to move in and perform so, in turn, took inspiration from the Polo players.

    Lacoste developed a new use for the polo-shirt ad also, in turn, created a new fabric. He designed a short-sleeved white, loose-knit pique cotton shirt with an unstarched, flat collar with a buttoned placket and a shirt-tail longer in the back than in the front.

    The aspects that were changed from the original tennis polo-shirt garment to the new design are factors that make it a great all-round item to wear both for work and leisure.

    • The soft collar could be loosened easily by unbuttoning the placket.
    • The short, cuffed sleeves solved the tendency of long sleeves to roll down.
    • The pique collar could be worn upturned to protect the neck from the sun.
    • The “tennis tail” prevented the shirt from pulling out of the wearer’s trousers or shorts.
    • The jersey knit pique cotton breathed and was more durable.

    Other sportsmen took heed and then replaced their current sporting outfits and swapped over to the Lacoste Poloshirt, the polo-shirt then became its own identity and with the economic boom and more relaxed popular culture, the shirt began to move more into everyday wear.

    The last step cemented its place in every wardrobe (when it comes to every occasion) was when Ralph Lauren wanted to give his new fashion line a name. He took great inspiration from the royals and the wealthy and the result was Polo.

    Since then the polo-shirt has spread across all elements of society – from the everyday hardworking labourer to the smart outfits to be worn at black tie events across the globe.

    Logos 4 Clothes have a huge range of Polo-shirts on offer. For more information please visit our website or call 01400 230 180 or email us at info@logos4clothes.com.

  10. What is the best workwear for pub staff?

    It is really important to strike a balance between clothes that look the part and workwear that helps get the job done!

    When it comes to deciding on your staff’s workwear, comfort levels, cost and style are priorities likely to spring to mind first. You may also want to think about whether sustainability is a priority for you and consider that when looking at different suppliers.

    For multi-site operators, a set uniform across sites can consolidate your pub brand in the eyes of customers, especially when it incorporates branded elements like logos.

    However, a less formal workwear code may prove to be the more affordable way to go. Operators say it depends on your pub’s selling point and atmosphere as well as what is practical.

    Individual style is what’s required!

    Allowing staff members to show off their style can sometimes work better than everyone kitted out in the same clothes. This will give staff the individual freedom to be quirky and allow them to express themselves. It leads to a more carefree look and feels. Some pubs encourage smart-casual but something that at the end of the day is still practical and more to the point comfortable to wear for many hours working behind a busy bar.

    Some say don’t have too many hard and fast rules and embrace the different fashions that staff members can wear. Some places even encourage staff to wear more ‘party style’ clothing on Friday and Saturday nights and go with the more upbeat feeling of the evening.

    Outfits must be presentable and shoes must be comfortable but also sensible too. Tatty and dirty clothes simply won’t cut it!

    Open toe shoes and sandals can also pose a problem due to risk of cuts (because of glasses and bottles etc) or bruising and as you would expect high heels are just too dangerous to wear in a working environment where you are constantly on your feet.

    Create the perfect atmosphere

    At the end of the day, you need to create a welcoming atmosphere at your pub and what your staff wear can also play a part with this. Jeans are great to show your not too fussy, with maybe an apron that holds what you need i.e. a pen and pad. Wearing white shirts shows you are serious about your work and also clean and smart too. Some staff could wear a brewery shirt (if it’s going to be a long customer-facing day), the shirt would match the beers they have on sale that day for example.

    If for example your pub is based in the highlands of Scotland, for example, you might like your staff to wear tartan pockets on their aprons because you are proud to be Scottish and go with the theme of the pub!

    Be careful with the legislation!

    Be careful! Some pubs have been faced with big fines from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after docking staff’s wages to cover the expense of uniform costs when this results in their pay being lower than the minimum wage.

    Employers have a legal duty to issue their staff with protective clothing if needed and they cannot be charged for their uniforms if the result is that they receive less than minimum wage.

    The dress codes can fall under (what is classed as a uniform) so please make sure that your staff aren’t charged or expected to pay for their workwear!

    Changes in the seasons

    As businesses look to planning summer offers and promotions, many will be hoping for a return of the scorching temperatures of last year. However, it is also important to consider if any seasonal changes needed to be made to uniforms or dress codes updated.

    Lighter materials can help keep your staff looking professional in the sweltering temperatures. Ideally, you need to find the right balance of style, comfort and affordability that will ensure your staff enjoy their role more. You want to make sure that your staff are comfortable during their working shift – with no tight waistcoats or high heels… and remember a happy waitress/waiter makes for a happy pub guest and it starts and ends with comfort!

    For more information on how to get the best out of your staff’s uniforms talk to Logos 4 Clothes on 01400 230 180 or email us at info@logos4clothes.com.