Stay Cool in Style this Summer
When the weather gets warm, keep your look current and your staff happy and comfortable with lightweight uniform choices. Your uniform style depends a lot on the type of business you run, as well as the image you want to project to customers. Here are our top picks for spring and summer uniform styles based on industry.
Food & Beverage Uniforms
Chefs and Line Cooks
The Chef Works Cool Vent line is designed to keep your back-of-house staff comfortable and productive when the weather is hot. Everything from chef coats to headwear is specially tailored to help your staff stay cool even when things heat up. Look for:
- Built-in mesh vents on the backs and underarms of chef coats
- Extra-roomy pants with side-seam and back-of-knee vents
- Beanies and toques with mesh tops and rear vents
Front of House
Chef Works makes Universal Cool Vent shirts for men and women that look sharp and professional but also provide moisture-wicking side panel vents for maximum comfort in hot temperatures.
For an edgier look that’s still lightweight, we love Chef Works’ Detroit Short-Sleeve Denim shirts for waitstaff.
To project a fun and relaxed atmosphere, tip your hat to Margaritaville with fun and memorable Cocktail Print Waist Aprons.
Polo shirts are the classic summer staple for retail businesses that want to look a little more upscale than printed t-shirts will allow. Available in 100% cotton or cotton-blends, polo shirts come in a beautiful array of colors guaranteed to match your business’s color palate. The sturdy piqué fabric holds decorations exceptionally well, so these shirts look great with your custom logo and/or staff names embroidered on the chest.
Moisture Wicking/Mesh Tech Polo
When your employees spend a lot of time outdoors or performing active services, consider choosing a high-performance, moisture-wicking fabric or a design with cool vent panels. These polos have a sportier look than traditional polos, but still project a professional image.
Poplin Camp Shirts
Cool, roomy, and relaxed—yet still put-together—the camp shirt is a great alternative to the polo. Camp shirts are a little more casual than polos, since they’re not intended to be tucked in. The loose silhouette allows for maximum airflow and is flattering for a range of body types.
Rather than leaving style to chance by asking your employees to wear their own pants, provide a complete ensemble for your retail staff. With clean lines and classic colors like beige, khaki, navy, and black, flat-front shorts are a great alternative to long pants in the summer.
Industrial & Manufacturing Uniforms
For surveyors, traffic controllers, and roadside workers, High-Visibility Tees are an excellent warm-weather alternative to long-sleeved or outerwear versions of this essential safety gear.
Workers of all types can stay cool yet stylish with the timeless Carhartt Bozeman Short Sleeve Shirt in a variety of colored plaid prints.
Combine the protection and convenience of a jacket with the breezy summer look of a short-sleeved shirt with this versatile Convertible Collar Shirt Jacket. Available in black or navy, it’s especially appropriate for maintenance, mechanic or HVAC workers.
Cool, Comfortable, and Always Professional
As always, every uniform you source from Pratt Abbott is backed by our weekly service and maintenance plan. That means you’ll always have the pieces you need, when you need them. They’ll always be hygenically cleaned, professionally pressed, and repaired and replaced as necessary. In high-turnover industries, this is more than just a convenience! For a personal consultation with our uniform experts, contact us today.