Wrinkleless in Time
There is more to retail uniforms, however, than just toughened-up apparel. Thackston explained some facets of retail uniforms that are big perks for distributors. "What we're looking at is a pretty high turnover rate," he said, in reference to retail jobs. "In this economy obviously, budgets have been stripped or cut back tremendously, but at the same time, in an entry-level type of a job, there's a good opportunity for constant re-orders for a distributor." Thackston mentioned also that these types of uniforms are usually designed unisex and meant to go across size ranges easily, making orders that much easier to fill.
The Essential Blended Piqué Polo from Outer Banks is a 60/40 cotton-poly blend that resists wrinkles and shrinking, which are both great features for uniforms. It is available in 11 different colors and sizes S to 5XL.
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Davy Manufacturing's Bolero Vest matches the popular uniform style used in such big-box stores as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowes. Black, royal, maroon, navy, forest and red (shown) are available fabric colors. The vest is made in the USA.
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A barista staple, Sierra Pacific Apparel's FeatherLite 30x24" Full Apron is treated with Dupont Teflon fabric protector, keeping end-users' clothing safe from most spills. The apron also includes an adjustable neck strap, and is colored with reactive dye to maintain color for as long as possible.
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Distributors outside the youth and adolescent market need not fret, for there are plenty of instances of uniform use in adult life. A notable example would be the medical fields, where practitioners are going to be required to wear scrubs or lab coats. Thackston described a few trends in medical apparel, like movements toward solid-colored scrubs, softer fabrics, extra pocket configurations and non-unisex fits.