Turn Heads With Your Striking Seasonal Work Uniform
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In a previous blog post we mentioned the importance of comfort in a uniform. What can be more comfortable than clothing which is specifically designed to keep you cool when it’s hot or to keep you warm in cold weather? This is called a seasonal work uniform.
In the following article we provide simple wardrobe tips to make sure your work uniform is suitable for the seasons while still maintaining a smart and professional look. Not all companies provide a uniform for their staff, so we also detail advice to help you create your very own personalised seasonal work uniform.
Plan Your Wardrobe For The Unpredictable South African Weather
South African weather is unpredictable. It can be boiling hot and sunny when you leave for work in the morning but by lunch time it has started to rain and you’re cold and miserable. How frustrating! Now, not only do you have to dress for the seasons, but also to avoid the despair that follows the weather changes within the day. So what do you do?
Preparation is key! Plan your wardrobe in advance. And expect the unexpected – the temperature may be very hot now but can your outfit be adjusted if it cools down later on?
Know The Seasons
From December to February, summer is the hottest season of the year! We wish we could spend it on the beach wearing nothing but board shorts or a bikini. But what should we wear to work? Light materials like cotton and linen are great choices to keep you cool in summer. And don’t let the rain catch you off-guard, expect it! Keep an umbrella or raincoat close. Swap your formal shoes for a pair of Wellingtons to avoid the discomfort of cold, wet feet and to prevent your shoes from rain damage.
In autumn the weather begins to cool down and it gets very windy. Wear a scarf in company colours and a jersey to defend your bones from an attack of the chills. As other staff members complain about the changing weather, wrap yourself up and continue your work duties with barely a pause.
It rarely snows in the South African Winter, but temperatures do get below freezing point. This is the time to wear turtle necks and knitted items to keep you comfortable and snug. Swap the autumn cardigan for a heavier coat. Use dark colours and heavy materials to keep the cold at bay. With cold feet, your whole body will feel cold; avoid this by wearing thick socks and boots. Some stores sell thermal underwear for men and women!
It is still cold in September, so don’t throw your winter clothes out just yet! Once it starts to warm up, swap the turtle necks and thick coats for lighter material shirts. Throw on a shawl or jacket later in the evening when the weather cools down.
Tips and Tricks
- Wear suits in various designs and use a different tie each day to add variety. When you’re feeling brave wear a bow tie (if its allowed). Go tie-less, or wear a golf shirt for a smart casual look. Ladies, trade in your pants for a skirt or wear a dress for a change, people will think you’ve put in extra effort yet a dress is the simple option!
- Colours – Wear light and bright colours and prints in the warmer seasons. Darker colours and heavy materials are the best choice for colder weather and they are also appealing to the eye.
- Accessories – They always say less is more, so use your discretion when accessorising. A matching handbag, a bold scarf, or pretty jewelry can do wonders for your outfit. Fabulous accessories also showcase your unique personality.
Keep in mind that all businesses have unique rules regarding uniforms so familiarise yourself with those specific to your company before deciding on any of the suggested looks.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post, we hope that you found it interesting and informative. Contact us if you have any questions and let us know in the comments whether you used some of the tips to enhance or create your seasonal work uniform.