Uniform...or fashion disaster?

Can a uniform ever be fashionable? To us, there is absolutely no reason a uniform has to be low quality, uncomfortable or embarrassing to wear.

Alistair Bell
By Alistair Bell
  • 9 August 2017
  • Reading time: 6 minutes
Branded clothing

Most of us have, at one point or another, had a job that required a ‘uniform’. All too often it’d be an ill-fitting polo shirt or blazer that your role’s predecessor went about his or her business in, and it definitely showed (or smelled if you were really unlucky)! Not exactly a glamorous or indeed inspirational aspect of the job. We’ve been thinking about uniforms a lot recently and it seems that issues like this are an all too common occurrence. Naturally, it begs the question; can a uniform ever be enjoyable to wear? Or even, dare we say it, fashionable?!

Here at Streamline we’re very much used to consulting on and producing uniforms for various sectors of business. That could be anything from creating hi-vis waistcoats for a haulage company’s delivery drivers to fleeces for those working in animal charities. Even lab coats for our more scientific clients. Now, it may be hard to imagine that these items could be considered ‘fashionable’ per se but we’d beg to differ.

To us, there is absolutely no reason a uniform has to be low-quality, uncomfortable or embarrassing to wear. In fact, we believe it’s in the interest of business to make sure that they’re not. Low-quality materials will often mean that the uniforms will need to be replaced after a short time, especially if the employees wearing them have to undertake particularly physical work. Of course, it’s simply logical that uncomfortable uniforms can often be directly related to high staff turnover and inefficient productivity. The same goes for ‘embarrassing’ uniforms, there need to be some good incentives for your employees in place if they’re going to feel humiliated every time they come to work!

"There is absolutely no reason a uniform has to be low-quality, uncomfortable or embarrassing to wear."

High-quality, good-looking uniforms can often fall down the list of priorities for many busy companies but as you can imagine they can quickly turn out to be a pretty crucial detail. Given the vast range of materials that’s available these days we can provide for pretty much any working conditions – waterproof, hard-wearing even flexible sportswear. These can go so far for those who have to wear them. Comfort and functionality are so important!

Colour choice is another aspect that we pride ourselves on. OK, it might be a while before we see some daring new hi-vis jacket designs on the catwalk at London Fashion Week – but with a massive range of colours and dual colourways available, your uniforms can be on-brand and still look great.

There’s loads of ways to make an impact with your branded clothing, just get in touch with us to discuss your needs and we’ll surely be able to find a solution.

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