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 GSM.
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.