Making a good first impression is crucial in retaining loyalty and winning over potential customers. In terms of staff uniform, you will often require a completely different style for each section of your bar or restaurant to maintain appropriate standards. At Simon Jersey we’re here to give you the rundown on potential ways to create the perfect look from front to back of house in a hospitality environment.
This is usually the first point of contact for all of your customers, so it’s crucial your staff look smart but also fit in with the brand aesthetic. When deciding what style of hospitality uniform you want to buy you need to know what message you want to convey, for example if you want to add an element of elegance, you may want your front of house staff to wear suiting. Our suits cover a wide range of sizes, styles and budgets, if you require high quality business wear then the Qualitas collection is perfect. If you need to keep budgets in mind then our Contemporary range of work suits could be what you’re looking for.
Alternatively, for a more casual front of house uniform look, combine a pair of our jeans or slim leg trousers with a formal shirt. This is great for creating a visual expectation for your business, as soon as the customer enters they will already have an idea of what kind of food and décor awaits them.
Sometimes you may require your serving staff to have a different uniform to your front of house employees, and a good way to create a clear definition between the two would be to use colour. If all of your serving team wear one colour shirt that compliments other staff members, they will stand out to customers but still fit with the brand aesthetic. Another way to differentiate your serving staff would be to add aprons. Simon Jersey supply various styles of waiter aprons in a wide range of colours and styles of work aprons to work with a servers uniform perfectly. The new short canvas eyelet aprons are high quality and will provide your hospitality business with a modern artisan look. The clip and eyelet bib aprons are made from the same canvas fabric but provide a more traditional serving style.
All of our aprons can be dressed up or down depending on the aesthetic of your business. Putting your staff in a t-shirt or polo shirt can add a casual element, whereas adding a long sleeve shirt can smarten your staff uniform up. Our Simon Jersey checked shirts are the best of both worlds with a smart style but a more relaxed fashion-led print. If prints aren’t suitable then we have a great range of plain coloured long and short sleeved poly cotton shirts, from bold reds and blues to classic black and white and earthy tones, we have something for every hospitality business.
The next part of your waiter uniform to consider is what kind of trousers will be suitable. Blue jeans are brilliant staple for a casual waiter uniform, and as well as being very versatile, they are also very durable. We would recommend pairing work jeans with a t-shirt or one of our long sleeve check shirts for the full uniform package. If jeans don’t fit with your business style, then Simon Jersey slim leg trousers could be what you need. Made from 70% cotton, our work trousers will keep your team comfortable all day even when they’re rushed off their feet.
Having the right uniform for your chefs is just as important as having the right uniform for your staff serving the customers. Many bars and restaurants now have visible kitchens where customers can see their meal being prepared, and if your restaurant falls into this category then your chef uniforms are crucial to the restaurant environment. We have traditional Simon Jersey chef whites with chef jackets and chef trousers in the classic white, or for a change why not try one of our black chef jackets with a pair of patterned chef trousers? We have designed unisex chef uniforms as well as separate male and female chef trousers and jackets. Simon Jersey can also provide chef aprons; this will help keep your staff protected and keep their chef whites looking presentable for longer.
To give your hospitality uniforms an extra personal touch, add embroidery to every team members uniform. Front of house staff could have an embroidered logo on their suit jackets or shirts, serving staff could have the same on their aprons or shirts, and kitchen staff on their chef whites. Not only can we embroider your logo onto every piece of staff uniform, we can also put each individual member of staff’s name and job role, this would be a great way to give your customers a more personal dining experience. It can also provide you with customer feedback about your team – if a customer knows the name of their server they can give you an idea of how they are performing in their role.
At Simon Jersey we are experts in hospitality workwear and catering uniforms with over 45 years of experience. Whatever your business needs are, we can supply a staff uniform that is stylish, yet professional and practical, whilst taking care of any personalised elements you may require.
If you’d like to create a front to back hospitality uniform then take a look at our Simon Jersey workwear department to find the right professional look for your team. Alternatively you can contact one of our staff members for more information on 0370 4609 047.