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HOSPITALITY AND SERVICE WEAR

Posted by azulwear on 24th Sep 2019

Part of creating a signature look for your business is providing staff with attractive, modern uniforms. This is neither difficult nor expensive at Azulwear.com, and it pays off in the long run by giving your business a professional image. Durable, well-fitting catering wear and hospitality uniforms can make a significant impact on the impression made on customers.

Define your requirements. It will save you time, money and result in efficient purchases. Shortlist the most important features your need. This may be a specific colour or style. Or maybe you need to distinguish your staff from those at other establishments nearby. Identify your staff’s needs. By avoiding wrinkled shirts, staining and uncomfortable clothes staff can feel more confident and this will show in their demeanour.

Know the basics

Aprons

With so many different styles of apron available, making the right choice is important.

Bib aprons and pinafore aprons are versatile and easy to wear in any environment.

Waist aprons tie around the waist like a skirt. They extend from the waist to either the upper thigh or just past the knees. They are worn by servers and wait staff who interact with customers.

The multi-pocket Cindy hipster apron and bistro apron are the utility belts of the hospitality industry. They are the fashionable choice of front-of-house staff in busy establishments.

Utility aprons are standard wear for kitchen staff and chefs. They cover the area from the chest to either the upper thigh or just below the knee. Usually secured with a strap around the neck and ties that can be knotted around the waist. This type of apron usually comes with heavy duty pockets and is made of a heavier fabric to serve as protection.

Disposable plastic aprons and heavy-duty PVC aprons add an extra layer of protection from spills and splashes.

Speciality aprons, like the Springbok Slater Apron and the Cookout BBQ Apron, make perfect promotional gifts

Shirts

Front-of-house staff and waiters often wear long- or short-sleeve dress shirts with collars and button fronts. These can be tailored for men and women. Alternatively, some restaurants prefer short-sleeve polo shirts which are moisture-wicking and can be drip dried. Choosing a trendy colour and good cut turns this classic into a true uniform that immediately identifies the wearer as an employee of your establishment.

Chef’s pants

Baggy chef’s pantswith elasticised tops are a staple in hospitality wear. Available in black, white or checked fabric they are the preferred choice for many chefs. Made of durable fabric and having multiple pockets makes them ideal wear in a busy kitchen environment.


Shoes

You need footwear that is comfortable, sturdy and durable. There are many styles and quality CHEF UNIFORMS, some made specifically for chefs. A good pair of chef’s clogs is an important part of the uniform when you’re working on your feet for long periods of time. Black closed shoes are recommended and it’s important that they have slip-resistant soles to ensure safety on potentially damp floors and to protect from spills.

Chef’s jackets

Kitchen staff are often required to wear double-breasted chef jackets. These jackets give the distinctive look that diners associate with high-class restaurants and the double-breast style allows you to cover stains by simply switching the top and bottom layers.

But there are many stylish options. Double or single-breasted jackets with either long or short sleeves are available in many different colours.

Usually made of heavy weight cotton, they are designed with safety in mind. They not only protect from burns and stains, but also keep you cool and comfortable. Working in a commercial kitchen with heavy tools and fast-moving hot surroundings it’s easy to bump into someone and have hot liquid splattered all over you.

Hats

One of the first things you think of when you picture a professional chef is the iconic mushroom hat. A colourful chef beanieskull cap or deli cap also protects the staff and the customer by keeping hair safely tucked away. This means long hair won’t get caught in a piece of equipment or fall into the food.