The summer has arrived, and with the country experiencing its
first heatwave of the year with record temperatures and more forecasted soon, now is the time to look at your workwear uniform and if it is fit for purpose
in the summer temperature conditions.
Traditionally work staff uniform has looked very similar all
year round. Depending on the working environment and the tasks required of the
employee, it has consisted of an inner garment that can be worn on the inside,
next to the skin, such as a polo shirt or traditional shirt.
An outer item of
clothing, usually a jacket, fleece or softshell been popular choices and a pair
of trousers. Each of these items is easily branded with a company logo and
provides a simple yet smart and effective staff uniform.
This is great when we
have normal British weather with average temperatures. But what happens when
the temperatures rise as they have done recently, and staff are struggling to
cope in the extreme heat wearing the staff uniform they have been provided.
There are several options available that we will discuss below.
Garments made from thinner and lighter fabric. As an
example, a standard polo shirt fabric weighs approximately 200 grams per square
meter (GSM). Lighter fabrics are available, however, many weighing less than 150
It is also important to consider the type of fabric worn. The
most popular fabric has been either a 100% cotton or polyester and cotton
mixture. Both fabrics have their merits, and we recommend them in certain
conditions, but not in hot weather.
When the temperature rises, it is often more
comfortable to wear a 100% polyester garment with a wicking ability that
transports moisture away from the skin, ideal in hot weather.
Lighter-weight outer garments are also available, including
lightweight jackets, sweatshirts, fleeces and even hoodies. Moving from trousers to shorts is an obvious change to your work uniform in the summer.
Sometimes this is not safe or practical depending on the type of work you do
but it certainly helps to keep you cooler. Again, a wide variety of shorts are
available suited to almost all working conditions.
Whatever changes you make to your workwear uniform types the
branding will not affect the wearer comfort in hot weather. Adding an
embroidered logo to your summer uniform enhances the look, personalised the
garment and qualifies the spend for business tax purposes.
Just be mindful that
embroidering your logo onto a lighter fabric may require changes to the set up
of the embroidery and we will always recommend checking the logo on a sample
garment if you change to a different fabric type or weight.
If you are looking at new embroidered staff uniform or
workwear this summer, please visit our website, www.jklclothing.co.uk to view our ranges and some available options.
If you cannot find exactly what you
are looking for then simply email our sales department [email protected] and they will
be happy to provide help and advice.