Neckwear – Get Ready for the Holidays!

The holidays are such an exciting time, with festive decorations, hotel-banquet-striped-zipper-ties-25seasonal menus and drinks, and so many parties. Customers come for an experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to include your employee uniforms in your holiday preparations. Add a dash of color and glamour with a fashionable tie or scarf to any holiday uniform.

Available in a wide range of colors and styles, neckwear serves as the cherry on the sundae of your employees’ look. Add holiday cheer with a change of color or by adding a bold pattern to your customary neckties, bow ties, scarves, ascots, and tulips.

Both functional and fashionable, Sharper Uniforms’ ties add polish to your look with ease. Perfectly pre-tied bow ties always look just right, with an adjustable band for the right fit, every time. Designed as a stylish accessory for both men and women, our bow ties are available in a rainbow of colors in a satin finish, as well as sophisticated crosshatch textures.

Neckties are a handsome addition to your uniforms, and we offer a wide selection of colors, patterns, and styles. Our zippered neckties are popular options that provide the perfect, dimpled knot at the perfect length, every single time. Simply slip the adjustable loop over your head, and snug the Windsor knot into place.

Zippered ties add beautiful style for the women in your employ, or you may opt for a jaunty scarf or ladies loop ascot in a coordinating or matching color and pattern to top the look for the women on your staff. Rosette ties and tulips offer stylish alternatives for women along with a sense of prestige.

Perfect your employees look for the holidays and every day with custom logo and text embroidery, available with every style of neckwear we offer.

For the holiday season and beyond, quality, fashionable uniforms for your staff ensure they will look and feel their very best. Then, they will adopt that most important of all fashion accessories – a welcoming smile.

It’s Time to Trick or Treat: Outfit the Kids with Sharper Uniforms!

Kids spend most of fall looking forward to one thing: Halloween. While they are more concerned about a fun costume that doesn’t hinder the speed with which they can collect as much candy has possible, you want to make sure you outfit the kids safely. And kids-chef-coat-39it doesn’t hurt if the costume you pick looks so good that even the “super mom” down the street asks where you found it.

When you pick one of the kids’ costumes from Sharper Uniforms, you’ll hit all of the key points that will make both your and your child’s trick or treat time a great experience. Even better, we’re sure your child will want to wear the costume during play time, during birthday parties or when helping you with housework, making it a good value too!

Beyond looking great, you’ll want to make sure that your child’s trick or treat costume is safe to wear. Look for the following features in a great costume.

  • Avoid Compromising Vision: Kids tend to want to move fast when trick or treating, which means they need to be able to see where they’re going. Masks, huge wigs and beards can compromise vision. As an alternative to these items that can make it tough to see, consider face paint and makeup.
  • Flame Retardant: All kids costumes, whether they’re made for Halloween or not, should be flame retardant.
  • Light Colors: Because most Halloween activities will occur around dusk or at night, you want your children to be visible to motorists. Light colored clothing in the costume accomplishes this.
  • Props: Avoid props that are sharp or made of hard materials. If the child falls while carrying it, he or she could be injured.
  • Shoes: Avoid shoes that will make it tough for your child to walk without tripping or stumbling. High heels and over-sized shoes can make it tough for the child to move as quickly as he or she wants.

When looking for great kids costumes, check with Sharper Uniforms first! We have costumes at a great value that your kids will love to wear for trick or treating and for other activities year around.

Stock up on aprons for the holidays!

The holidays are time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the season. It’s traditionally one of the busiest times of year for the hospitality industry, and for those that make a living waiting on tables or catering parties, it’s important to have a stash of clean and crisp aprons on hand at all times. Whether your workforce is surging to meet the seasonal demand or you’re just looking to upgrade and expand your existing apron collection, it’s always a good idea to stock up on aprons for the holidays. waitstaff-aprons-20

Aprons come in all shapes and sizes. For your kitchen crew, full-coverage is the way to go. For those waiting on tables and working the front of house, a smaller half-apron is plenty. Aprons are the traditional uniform of hospitality workers, and make them easy to pick out from a crowd. Pair the apron with a white shirt and black slacks for a simple and sophisticated uniform that you can be proud of. Best of all, aprons come in a variety of colors to make matching one to your business easier than ever.
When shopping for aprons for your staff, make sure you choose a design that’s carefully constructed and that exudes quality. Loose strings, hems that fall out and straps that won’t stay are no good for the hospitality industry, so be sure to choose an apron that’s as durable as it is attractive. Don’t forget to take into account the number of pockets, as most waitstaff carry a pen, a notepad, change and any number of other small items. More pockets mean better organization for faster service and happier customers. During the holiday season, consider festive aprons in seasonal colors and with small details that help them stand out.

When it’s time to replace your aprons or to order new ones, visit Sharper Uniforms for the best selection of styles and designs. Pick your favorite apron and take advantage of low everyday prices to give your entire waitstaff a makeover just in time for the holidays.

Outerwear – Get ready for Fall/Winter!

Get ready for cold weather by giving your fall and winter outerwear selection an update. Your outerwear will likely be your most defining wardrobe pieces this winter, so it’s important to choose styles that are not only functional, but also fashionable. From lightweight half-zip sweaters to heavier three-season valet jackets with reflective stripes, there’s no shortage of good-looking, high-performance outwear options this season.hospitality-outerwear-22

For fall, lightweight coverage may be all you need. When the weather first starts to turn and sunny days turn into fall storms, a lightweight rain jacket will offer the protection you seek in a sleek package. Designed to offer coverage without the weight, the waterproof designs repel the rain and keep you dry. Many styles also offer protection against the wind, so you can brave whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Be sure to choose a rain jacket with a built-in hood for the best protection.

For those truly bone-chilling days, something a little heavier is in order. A heavyweight winter coat will keep you warm and dry while blocking the winter winds that can chill you to the bone. When choosing a winter coat, look for a design with multiple layers to help trap and lock-in body heat. Modern technology has allowed insulation materials to grow thinner by the day, meaning you can get some serious protection without the bulk. Look for a coat with plenty of pockets, water protection and a wide collar that can be turned up against a storm. For those that work outdoors, don’t forget reflective safety striping, which makes you more visible during those short winter days when darkness falls early.

Make the most of the fall and winter season by stepping out in style. Choose a design that’s as protective as it is attractive, and you’ll be sure to beat the winter blues. Visit Sharper Uniforms for the best selection of high-quality outerwear in the season’s hottest styles to take on even the most extreme fall and winter weather.

Replace Your Uniforms With Washable Suits

If you operate an upscale business and want your employees to look clean and sharp, it can be difficult with dry clean-only suits and uniforms. These types of common suits are expensive and time consuming to take care of, and while they look great when your employees are wearing them, they may start to look a bit worse for the wear if they aren’t able to clean them as frequently as they should.

So, what’s the solution? Here at Sharper Uniforms, we think that washable suits are the answer to your uniform woes! These stylish suits are just as attractive as other types of uniform suits, but with one big difference: You can wash them right in the washing machine.

Here are just a few reasons why we think washable suits are so great.ladies-extreme-washable-hotel-single-breasted-suit-coat-53

  • They’re lightweight. Because these uniforms are made of polyester, they’re both lightweight and breathable for a comfortable fit that’s easy to move in.
  • They’re stretchy. If your employees need a full range of motion to do their jobs properly, the twill weave in these suits offers a natural stretch that they’re sure to love.
  • They have a classic fit. The impeccable tailoring on these machine washable suits ensures that you won’t sacrifice style when switching from the traditional suit uniform. From the tailored jacket that rests just at the hip to the princess seams and darts that create shape, your employees are sure to look and feel their very best.
  • They’re fully lined. Unlike many budget suits, our machine washable suit uniforms are fully lined for a comfortable and luxurious fit.
  • They’re machine washable. Perhaps most importantly, these suits are machine washable! Rather than taking them to the dry cleaner each time they need washing, your employees can simply toss them in the washing machine and wash on a cold, gentle setting.
  • They’re quick drying. Not only are these suits able to be washed in the machine, they also dry quite quickly. The inner mesh at the shoulders, collar and elbows makes the lining dry quickly, so these suits can be worn again almost immediately.

It’s All About Vests!

Looking for a way to make your existing uniforms look sharper without replacing the entire uniform? Vests are where it’s at! Layering a vest under a server’s jacket or over a crisp, button-down shirt creates a clean and smart look that your customers are sure to notice. Here’s everything you need to know about incorporating vests into your business’s uniforms.

  • Add a classic black vest. One simple way to try out the vest look is by adding a simple, button-down vest in a basic black color. Sharper Uniforms carries many of these types of vests with V-necks and high-quality poly-wool blended fabrics that look great and won’t hold your employees back.men-s-restaurant-reversible-vest-30
  • Try out a fun, bright color. If you want to add a pop of color to your servers’ uniforms, try adding a vest in an eye-catching shade over top of their white shirts. Sharper Uniforms carries vests in bold red, gold or navy blue, as well as a number of other sharp colors. You can even match your employees’ vests to the table linens and other details!
  • Add a textured print or pattern. Rather than adding a bold color to your uniforms, you might try adding a texture or pattern instead. A vest with a woven jacquard or swirl brocade is a nice touch, as are vests with subtle diamonds and dots that you won’t notice unless you look up close.

Incorporate a backless vest. If you want to have your employees wear vests under jackets or with matching bow ties, try out a backless vest rather than a full-bodied vest. These styles feature adjustable hook and loop fastener neck closures and adjustable elastic back straps and buckles for a comfortable fit, and because they’re less obtrusive than other styles, they’ll make it easier for servers to move around while working.

Summer is Here: Time for Polo Shirts!

When you’re looking for ways to allow your staff to look more professional, the Ladies & Men’s polo shirts from Sharper Uniforms are the answer. These garments convey high-end branding while offering a professional and comfortable look. Sleek and sophisticated, these shirts come in a variety of styles and sizes to accommodate anyone on your staff.

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In terms of ladies’ polo shirts, Sharper Uniforms has a large selection. To keep staff cool and most importantly, comfortable, the Ladies Extreme Performance Moisture Management Polo Shirt is a great option. This polo features a heat seal label, raglan sleeves, hemmed sleeves and side slits. It pairs perfectly with slacks, capris, skirts, shorts or khakis. For servers, the Ladies Server Three Snap Button Polo Shirt works well. This button-free polo shirt is snag-resistant and moisture-wicking, perfect for a long day of hard work. It features three stainless steel gripper snaps, a flat knit collar, open hem sleeves and side vents. Sharper Uniforms offers an endless option of ladies’ polo shirts to accommodate your needs.

In terms of men’s polo shirts for your staff, the Men’s Textured Athletic Mesh Polo Shirt is the perfect choice for hospitality staff. This garment features a three-button front placket with UV protection and a variety of sizes, up to a 5XL. Perfect for hotels, conventions, catering or resorts, this shirt has rib-knit cuffs, side slits and a flat-knit collar. For waitstaff, the Men’s Waitstaff Teflon Protected Poly Cotton Polo Shirt is an excellent choice for bartenders, waiters or other food service employees. With a medium-width collar and 3 buttons, the shirt is made of a 65/35 Poly/Cotton Blend. A DuPont™ Teflon® Fabric Protector helps to resist spills and stains with ease. Machine washable, this polo shirt offers a generous cut, making it comfortable for long hours.

Whether men’s or ladies’ polo shirts or any other apparel, Sharper Uniforms offers high-quality customization services. Whether embroidery, heat seal services or screen printing, we can add anything you desire to your custom apparel order.

Ladies Extreme Performance Moisture Management Polo Shirt:

  • Moisture Wicking
  • Raglan Sleeves
  • Hemmed Sleeves
  • Side Slits
  • Fabric: Made from 100 percent polyester

Ladies Server Three Snap Button Polo Shirt:

  • Tag-free label
  • Flat knit collar
  • Set-in, open hem sleeves
  • Side vents
  • Fabric: 100 percent Polyester Tricot

Men’s Textured Athletic Mesh Polo Shirt:

  • Flat-knit collar
  • Moisture Wicking
  • UV Protection
  • Side Slits
  • Fabric: 100 percent Polyester Ottoman

Men’s Textured Athletic Mesh Polo Shirt

  • Stain Resistant
  • Wrinkle Resistant
  • Treated with DuPont™ Teflon® Fabric Protector
  • UV Protection
  • Rib-knit collar and cuffs
  • Fabric: 65/35 Poly/Cotton Blend

Pro-Start Competition for High Schools: Sharper Uniforms donated embroidered chef coats for this local culinary competition!

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Specializing in custom uniforms, Shaper Uniforms is a leader in premium decoration services and uniforms. With high-quality embroidery, screen printing and heat seal services, their uniforms can be customized with any details. Offering a wide variety of styles and sizes, Sharper Uniforms provides moisture wicking, wrinkle-resistant, UV-protected uniform options. They used their custom expertise in order to provide embroidered chef coats for one of America’s largest high school culinary competitions, Pro-Start. This competition focuses on restaurant management and culinary arts.

The Pro-Start competition, along with Massachusetts Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (MRAEF), helps students receive leadership and scholarship opportunities. Each year, MRAEF sponsors this management and culinary competition for schools to compete. Judges who are industry professionals volunteer to make the competition more educational and meaningful for the participants.

During this competition, participants are given a fake location, which the competition will be based on. Their teams must develop a proposal to launch a new restaurant concept. They must define this concept, create a menu that fits it and develop a marketing plan to support its launch. They must prepare a written proposal, presentation and visual display for their launch. For the culinary competition, students must show their knife skills and poultry fabrication. They have 60 minutes to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and provide recipes, recipe cost and menu pricing.

A variety of college and universities nationwide are on-hand to offer scholarships to the top teams from this competition. The winning teams are given the opportunity to compete nationally at the National ProStart Student Invitational to win even more scholarship money. With the help of sponsors such as Sharper Uniforms, participants can participate in a real-life culinary experience.

Averill’s Sharper Uniforms White Glove Logo Decoration Services

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Have you always wanted to get your employees’ shirts customized with your company’s logo? Or are you a new company just starting out and hoping to look professional from the get-go? Wherever your company is in its lifespan, it’s never too early (or too late!) to add a sleek, professional look to your uniforms with custom embroidery and logo services. Here at Sharper Uniforms, we offer White Glove Logo Decoration Services that help you to add your company’s logo to any shirt, jacket, apron or other piece of a uniform. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should invest in White Glove Logo Decoration Services.

  • Our White Glove Logo Decoration Services include embroidery, screen printing and heat seal transfers, so you can create exactly the type of logo style that you prefer.
  • If you already have a set of uniforms that you really like and don’t want to spend money on entirely new uniforms, that’s okay! At Sharper Uniforms, we can rebrand your existing uniforms to include your company’s logo.
  • If you’re a new company (or you’d simply like to upgrade your employees’ uniforms), we also offer a very extensive selection of all types of uniforms to choose from. We can add your logo to anything from restaurant shirts for waiters to aprons for your chefs, as well as the uniforms for all of your other front-of-house and back-of-house staff members.
  • Sharper Uniforms can help you cut down on costs and save money on custom logo creation in a variety of ways. If you already own your own uniforms, we’ll be happy to embroider or screen print your logo on those garments. If you’re making an investment into an entirely new set of uniforms, we can work with you to create a design that works for your budget and give you a quote before you even place your order.
  • We make things fun for your employees and help to foster a sense of community in the workplace. When you give them hats, shirts and other garments with your company’s logo on them, your employees will feel like part of the team.

 

Ladies Love Open Neck ¾ Sleeve Blouses for Summer

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This summer, as the temperature heats up but your employees continue to work just as hard, they’ll need a change in uniform to keep up with the changing temperatures. You want your female employees to look just as smart and professional as they do in their long-sleeve button-down shirts and other cold-weather attire, so what’s the solution? Well, here at Sharper Uniforms we find that ladies love open neck three-quarter (3/4) sleeve blouses! Here’s why.

They’re cooler than other shirts.

Because these modern tops feature sleeves that hit just below the elbow rather than at the wrist, they’ll allow air to circulate and keep her forearms bare. They also feature open necks with button-down or crossover fronts that are a bit less constrictive than the usual button-down, collared blouse, but look just as professional. If you’re worried about your employees getting overheated while working outdoors or in a hot restaurant during hotter months, these are a great alternative.

They’re stylish.  

While our ¾ sleeve shirts look professional as part of a uniform, ladies also love them because they’re stylish and modern. These shirts have much of the same style as shirts that women wear in their own wardrobes, which makes them feel more confident and comfortable at work.

They come in a number of colors and styles.

If you’re looking to mix things up at your business for the changing seasons but don’t want to change the signature look of your uniforms, you’ll be happy to know that these ¾ sleeve shirts from Sharper Uniforms are completely customizable in your choice of colors, materials and styles. At Sharper Uniforms, we’ve committed to helping you find the best uniforms for your employees that also fit your needs as a business. Whether you prefer something in a crisp, sharp white, a bold red or a summer-inspired shade of teal, or have a set style in mind that you don’t want to give up, you’re sure to find the perfect solution in our selection of ¾ sleeve shirts for women.