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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 2 3 This extends to largely consumer-facing industries too, with T-shirts incorporated more into uniform programs, says Michael Johnson, Hanes. In the more formal restaurant world, Taraynn Lloyd, Edwards Garment, says this more casual and flexible mindset has resulted in decreasing brocade numbers. This style of vest was once a staple for front-of-house workers, but these employ- ees are now being outfitted in solid-colored styles accented with jewel or restaurant- specific toned undershirts to help a look's longevity. FUNCTION JUNCTION With that said, there are still a few things that are the mark of a good workwear pro- gram. "Market requirements for different uses are so wide that even basic apparel intro- duced over 20 years ago still ap- peals to certain markets," says Rubin, which makes the ac- commodations for a changing climate not as intimidating as the employment numbers may seem. "One of the biggest consider- ations is, of course, making sure the look aligns with the brand's overall image and the customer's perception of the duties a par- ticular branch of the staff holds. Each po- sition does not wear the same garments; however, using color, styling, and decora- tion, the garments work together as one," explains Lloyd. For example, she says, while a front desk worker may be outfitted in a suit and the pool staff is in a polo and shorts, there is some identifier that lets clientele know, these people are in a position of assistance and not just an unfortunate soul dressed in a similar style. Another important touch- stone of a successful workwear program is functionality. The ability to do one's job is tied to how well the day's task can be done in the required attire. This goes back to stretch and knit fabrics that allow more give, as well as other performance fea- tures. According to Rubin, the essential qualities include easy care, stain resistance, and Teflon-treated materials that can with- stand daily or industrial laundering. In addition, wicking and breathability help to make active days working within the hospitality service industries easier. Another part of the functionality is adaptability. Thus, the increase in the pop- ularity of "kits" says Roget Chavez, GAME Whether it's Gen Z nostalgia or an increased focus on worker's rights, non-reflective hi- vis clothing is hav- ing a moment in both workwear and uniforms. (Image courtesy Hanes)

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