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December 2012 How to Choose the Right Work Uniforms for Your Staff

Choosing work uniforms for your staff can be a daunting task. With so much choice of workwear on the market, it can be hard to get the right garments for the job. Here is some advice and tips on how to choose the right uniforms from workwear experts, Workwear Express.

Office Wear

Business and office wear needs to look smart, as well as being comfortable enough to sit at a desk all day.

Trousers and shirts in colours such as black, navy and white create a professional look. For a stylish edge, add your company colours in accessories such as scarves and ties.


Work uniforms for hotel, bar and restaurant staff needs to be comfortable, practical and easy to clean.

Front of house staff should look smart and professional; the level will depend on the type of business. For example, a hotel or restaurant might prefer their staff to wear smart shirts, whereas in a café or bar, a polo shirt might be more appropriate.

For people serving food, aprons are a must and are a good way to add a bit of colour to your uniform. Why not kit your staff out in black trousers and top, then add a bright orange or pink for a modern, fun look.

Health, Beauty & Spa

The beauty and spa industry is all about looks, so your staff need to look great. Choose fitted garments in stylish colours. 

For nurses and healthcare staff, choose garments that are easy to clean. Scrubs and tunics are the most popular choice for staff working in the healthcare industry as they are practical and comfortable to wear during long shifts.


For staff working in an industrial environment, the most important factor is safety.

Make sure your staff are safe with the correct workwear and accessories. Overalls and other garments are available to protect from dangerous chemicals, fire and other hazards. PPE (personal protection equipment) such as helmets, goggles and gloves is also important.


If your staff work outdoors, you need to protect them from the elements, whether that’s low or high temperatures, rain or wind. Choose layered garments so your staff can work comfortably in different weather, for example T shirts, fleeces and jackets.

Invest in good quality, waterproof outerwear in the colder months to keep your staff warm and protected. Hi Viz garments are also important to protect staff working outdoors in dark conditions and at night.

If you get your work uniforms right, your staff will not only look great, but they will be happier and be able to work harder.