Creating Corporate Uniforms - A 5 Step Guide
27th November, 2017
Creating corporate uniforms - either for your company or for yourself, can be a daunting task. There are a lot of options to think about when choosing corporate wear for your company and many factors should be considered. So here is a five step guide for creating corporate uniforms!
Does your company have specific brand colours? Reflecting your brand colours with customised workwear is a great way to help your staff look a part of the business and make them visible to your customers. The brand colour choices in businesses can be great for a logo but may not translate well into garments, and this is where corporate wear suppliers like ourselves can come in and help you. It’s about finding garments that compliment your branding, whilst also making sure they are comfortable and fit for purpose. If you have a particularly complex and colourful logo you may opt for simple core colour options for the corporate wear and have the brand colours complimented by accessories.
What type of industry you work in will greatly effect what type of corporate uniforms you should realistically choose. A suit and tie perhaps isn’t particularly useful workwear on a building site, and hi-viz is somewhat redundant in a hotel reception. What your employees are doing day to day should be reflected in your corporate wear, this could be hardwearing, warm material for employees who work outside in physical roles, or comfortable and stylish blouses and skirts for office environments, through to tunics for hairdressers and housekeeping teams. A lot of this will seem obvious but you should always think about every facet of your employees daily role to ensure that the corporate wear you choose is right for everyone.
What Works for your Staff and Business
On top of considering the working conditions and apart from visualising what the uniform will look like, consider conducting a wearer trial which will elicit some tangible feedback but also put the corporate uniforms through their paces to see if they really are suitable. If you have more female than male staff for example, you may want to offer multiple corporate wear options (skirts, trousers, dresses, etc) instead of simplifying it to just reflect the male uniform. Asking your employees what they want through the medium of a wearer trial will also make them feel involved and cared for by the company, as well as making some of the hard decisions for you!
Having an idea of what you intend to spend before making any decisions about your corporate uniforms is very important to the planning process. You can easily get carried away by wanting 3 different styles of bespoke jacket before realising the cost starts to get out of hand. Choosing a core capsule range of corporate workwear which has something for everyone will help to set and manage a budget, setting a budget at the outset will help your corporate wear suppliers know what to recommend to you and your business to keep costs down.
Your uniform choices can be affected by a variety of factors - but your ethical convictions as a company should also be considered. You may prefer your corporate uniforms to be designed and made in the UK, to support British manufacturing but also to reduce carbon footprint from shipping garments from international countries. You may want to ensure that your corporate wear is able to be recycled and created by corporate wear suppliers that cares about the environment during their manufacturing process. Your company ethics say a lot about you, and they can extend to your corporate uniforms.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by choice when it comes to choosing your corporate clothing, but hopefully this 5 step guide will help you focus on what truly matters to your business, and therefore inform your uniform decisions.
Creating corporate uniforms for your business? Feel free to contact us with any questions you have and we can help you get started!