Uniform Buyers Guide

Uniforms have many different uses. In a retail environment, your uniform identifies you as someone who can assist shoppers. Tradespeople rely on their work uniforms to protect them from the elements and keep them safe. School uniforms help educators maintain a healthy learning environment. In a restaurant setting, a finely embroidered uniform gives your waitstaff a professional look.

Uniforms for Tradespeople "Workwear"

Construction work uniform The uniform needs for tradespeople vary by season and geography. Above all else, workwear must be durable and stain resistant. You will discover that buying the lowest cost does not always mean saving money when buying uniforms for tradespeople.

In warmer seasons/climates you want to select a uniform that breathes well and wicks away perspiration. You might think that this would exclude polo shirts as a warm weather work uniform, however that is not the case. Modern polo shirts with their hi tech fabrics offer outstanding wicking and durability. We just started to offer warm weather polo shirts suitable for tradespeople and tough enough to be called a uniform: The CornerStone CS402. Short Sleeve button-down uniforms are also popular choices for industrial settings.

High visibility work uniform In cooler seasons/climates you want to select outerwear that is warm and offers superior abrasion resistance. Jackets sewn from canvas materials are popular with tradespeople because of their outstanding durability. Brands such as Dickies and Red Kap Work Uniforms have historically been popular with our customers.

No matter the season you always need to select uniforms with safety in mind. Loose drawstrings or a loose poorly fitting uniform can become entangled in moving machinery. On the job site it is important that your uniform is highly visible to avoid accidents with heavy equipment or traffic (view our line of high visibility uniforms).

Uniforms for Retail and Professional Settings

Retail work uniform In a retail setting you want customers to easily recognize your associates so they can get any help they may require. The uniforms worn by retail associates see long hours of use over many months. In this situation it is important to select a fabric that will stand up to repeated washing and still look like new. Short sleeve uniforms offer fabric that breathes well to keep your associates comfortable in the heat of the day.

Long Sleeve uniforms give a more professional look offering No-Iron styles, stain resistance and wovens that keep you warm when the temperature drops. In any purchasing situation, an inexpensive garment may not always be the 'cheapest' overall. Better quality and Industrial rated garments may cost a little more but they will last 2-3 times as long as a cheaper priced custom t-shirt. Some popular styles for a retail environment are: K500, and the D100 by Devon and Jones.

In professional settings such as trade shows, business meetings, and company outings cost becomes an important factor when selecting a uniform. There are many great choices for cost effective long sleeve uniform shirts that look great and decorate well. Our customers especially like the S608 from Devon & Jones. We have also compiled a specific guide to buying polo shirts in our Polo Shirt Buyers Guide.

Restaurant and Food Service Uniforms

Food service uniform Selecting uniforms for the food service industry can be very challenging. It makes little sense to have kitchen staff wearing uniforms that "used to be white" when they were new. Washability and stain resistance will likely be near the top of your requirement list. Waitstaff need a uniform that will look great even at the end of a busy night, so your color and fabric choices need to be carefully considered. Our most popular is the S608 Port Authority Easy Care Shirt with a Dupont Teflon coating for the ultimate in stain resistance

Aprons are a very popular uniform item for waitstaff. They look great and are easily embroidered with your restaurant logo. In the event of an accidental spill they are quickly changed to maintain a professional appearance. Several popular styles are available such as the A500 and APR51.