The Importance of Uniform Material: Comfort vs. Style?
Many people have bad memories of wearing a uniform at school, and the majority of the time the main complaint was that they were uncomfortable to wear because of the material that they were made out of.
Luckily as the years have passed, uniforms have become a lot more comfortable to wear, but many people still dislike the thought of wearing a uniform in their job simply because they still aren’t stylish.
So what is really more important when thinking of your uniform’s material – style or comfort?
Is It Comfort?
The comfort of staff members should always be one of the top priorities of any company, so it is important to consider the type of material that you will be using for the uniform with regards to how comfortable they will be while they are working.
For example, if your workforce is undertaking labour intensive work, you won’t want to put them in a uniform which will trap the heat next to their bodies, as this will make them overheat and sweat profusely. Instead, you may want to choose a material which is thinner to allow air to circulate around them and keep them cool! This is especially advised in environments such as kitchens or for those who take part in regular physical activity within their role.
Does Style Play A Part?
Although the material choices matters the most for comfort, style can also play a part in how successful your uniform will be.
Think about the standard nurse uniform. They are easily recognisable thanks to the style in which the tunic is designed, and the colour coded system that is used to distinguish different nursing professions.
Believe it or not, the material that is used for these tunics plays a huge role in the style. If a thinner material was used, you’d be looking at a very different style of uniform; if a thinner fabric was used, the rigidity of the tunic would soften, and it wouldn’t offer the same protection.
The thickness of the material is essential in the function of the tunic; it needs to be thick enough to protect from spills which could occur when working with patients, but also keep the nurses cool and comfortable at the same time.
In some professions, it is also important that a uniform is designed in a way which means cleaning it is made easy; again, this relies on the material used and how the uniform is designed.
It is possible to have a stylish, recognisable uniform, but the material that you want to use should be thought about long and hard before you go ahead and implement one. Think about the duties that your staff will need to perform while wearing the uniform, and determine which would be the best material to use for both style and comfort.
For more information about how we can help you create the perfect uniform for your employees, don’t hesitate to contact us today. A member of our friendly team will be happy to talk you through how we can help.