When working in a business environment, it can be hard to find a uniform that is professional but also fashionable and flattering. Shopping for business wear can be challenging when trying to strike the balance between looking office appropriate, but also conveying your own personal style. With that in mind, here at Simon Jersey we’re going to breakdown what we think are the essential office fashion staples to help you put together a capsule working wardrobe for yourself and your team.
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Navigating the trouser category can be a minefield when it comes to trouser style, colours and fabrics. First, you need to decide what fit you want and at Simon Jersey we believe that our new Alderley suiting range is the perfect option with three male fits and two female fits to cater to your business trouser needs.
The male slim fit trouser is ideal for creating a more streamlined silhouette and this particular trouser would work well in an office as well as part of hotel or restaurant uniform. For a more traditional work trouser look, the regular fit trousers would be best suited for a classic finish. Finally, the tailored fit trousers are a good middle ground in between the slim fit and the regular fit. The tailored style will work across the board, but will work best as part of hospitality uniform.
The women’s slim leg trousers similar to the men’s slim fit trousers will create a flattering silhouette and will has become a favourite amongst female business uniform wearers. This slim fit trouser style will look great on all shapes, and can be a part of an office uniform or a hospitality uniform. The straight leg trouser is better for women who like a looser fitting trouser, that still promises to flatter their size. If a skirt is better suited to your business image or personal style, our Alderley suiting range has two styles of skirt. The A-line and straight skirts offer a feminine touch to your office workwear and can be styled with a blouse or shirt. All of the uniform in our Alderley suiting range is available in black, blue, grey, blue stripe and grey check, so choose your favourite to suit your business wear needs.
For the female members of your team, one of our print or plain blouses would be ideal as a professional top option. There so many colours, styles and patterns to choose from, with the new plum and violet blossom slash neck blouses being very popular, whilst the bold prints will transition your business wear nicely into the summer season. We also have a selection of long sleeve poly cotton blouses, that come in wide selection of thirteen different shades. The long sleeved tops may be better for your winter uniform for comfort. It’s also worth noting that customers and clients notice when your staff uniform changes, and like to see that your business is in touch with current seasonal trends in adapted colours and designs.
When it comes to business wear for men, you can’t go wrong with a classic crisp white shirt. This will look impressive teamed with every colour in the new Alderley suiting collection, and will give an effortlessly professional appearance. Alternatively, for a slightly different look, try one of our striped shirts, which offer something different to the plain white shirt option but still retain that smart business wear image. The business stripe shirts come in a great range of colours and can be easily teamed with suit jackets and trousers.
The finishing touch for any business look is the jacket. Each of our men’s Alderley suiting trousers come with a matching jacket to allow you to create a fully comprehensive look across your team. Just by adding a jacket to your uniform instantly delivers a professional, well put together appearance. Another way to create this look without a jacket would be to add a stylish waistcoat. Our Simon Jersey waistcoats, like the jackets, will match your chosen trousers but could work better for the summer months. However, your sophisticated waistcoat won’t be abandoned in winter – simply pair with the jacket to make a three-piece suit, a favourite uniform style amongst hoteliers and front of house staff.
The women’s Alderley suiting jacket is a one-button design that works perfectly with the slim leg and straight leg trousers, or just as well with the A-line and straight skirt. A suit jacket is an essential in a work uniform wardrobe for men and women alike, and the fit of the one-button ladies jacket won’t disappoint your staff. To create some variety in your work uniform, it might worth considering adding a waistcoat or using it as a substitute to the one-button jacket. This will keep up the professional appearance of your uniform but allows for movement and fits in well with current fashion trends.
For women, a dress can be a key piece to have in your working wardrobe for the summer season. Both the Alderley A-line and shift style dresses will help to diversify your overall uniform look, whilst remaining functional and keeping you cool in warmer temperatures. You may want to use the dresses to symbolise certain roles within your team, for example, female staff on reception may be required to wear a dress, while female managers may wear a suit. Add our one-button jacket when the weather turns colder. The A-line and shift dresses from Simon Jersey are available in black, blue, grey, blue stripe and grey check to match the rest of your team wonderfully.
By using all of these categories you can start to compose a focused business wear wardrobe to take you through the year. If you would like any further help in curating a business uniform style for your company, please visit our business wear and hospitality departments for inspiration, or give our customer services a call on 0370 4609 047 for further advice.