How to Best Wash and Care for Your Hospitality Garments

Blog - 3.15.17


Now that you’ve ordered your brand new uniform from Sharper Uniforms, you’ll want to know how to properly care for it. Giving your uniforms (and all of your clothing, for that matter) the proper care will not only keep them looking bright and fresh for every wear, it will give them a much longer life. So, take a moment to review the proper care of your new uniform to keep yourself looking clean and professional while extending the life of your new purchase.

As a general rule, follow the washing instructions included on the label sewn into the seam of the uniform. Reduce wear and tear from the washing machine by turning your garments inside out before washing them. Always use a cold water washing cycle and wash each garment with clothing of like colors to avoid color bleeding. Use bleach only on white garments and pretreat organic stains on colored garments with Oxy Clean.

The most important step in lengthening the life of your new uniform is always to remember to tumble dry your garments on low heat. High heat from the dryer damages and breaks down clothing, making it wear down and fade much faster. Promptly remove clothing from the dryer after the drying cycle and hang them to avoid unnecessary wrinkles. Most garments from Sharper Uniforms are made with easy care fabrics that don’t require ironing. In the event that you do need to iron your uniform, only use low heat and make sure to turn the garment inside out before ironing to avoid leaving marks and exposing it to unnecessary heat.

If you follow these simple steps to keep your new uniform clean, dry and fresh, you will have a garment that lasts a very long time. By taking a little extra care, you’ll eliminate the need to continuously buy new clothing to replace items that have been ruined by excessive heat and poor care.

Get the Front of the House Staff Ready with New Aprons!



Aprons are the unsung heroes of the restaurant world, especially for your front of the house staff. Not only does a good apron protect a server’s clothing from food stains, it also provides the perfect accommodations for a notepad, pen and other essentials. A good apron will do double duty by keeping your servers and other front of house staff organized while also making them easily identifiable to customers. Get your front of the house staff ready with new aprons from Averill’s Sharper Uniforms.SU blog - 2.28.17

Aprons come in many shapes and styles. For servers, waist and bistro aprons are the most popular choices. Waist aprons are a best-selling style and can be found in all types of restaurants. Commonly worn by servers, waist aprons can be purchased with any number of pockets, divisions, pen holders and other built-in organizational tools. The lightweight aprons tie around the waist and are considered some of the easiest to move in. For those that need a little more coverage, a bistro apron is a great choice. Like their shorter counterparts, bistro aprons tie at the waist, but extend well beyond the knee for added protection.

For those that have additional duties beyond serving, like drink preparation or plating, a bib style apron is the way to go. These types of aprons offer full-body protection from the neck to mid-leg and come in a variety of styles both with and without pockets. Bib aprons have a strap that goes around the neck and one that goes behind the back to keep the cover in place. While bib aprons are designed to protect the staff member, they also have a very traditional look that can still be identified as a server. They’re most often worn by front of house staff that work behind a counter.

When ordering new aprons for your front of house staff, consider each person’s role and what type of apron would be best for them. At Averill’s Sharper Uniforms we carry a wide selection of styles, colors and features to choose from, so you’ll always find the perfect aprons for your front of house staff. Browse our incredible selection today to find the looks you love or to discover something new.

Get the Kitchen Ready for Spring: Kitchen Uniforms



Spring is in the air and it’s time to freshen up your kitchen’s look with new spring uniforms for the entire staff. Spring kitchen uniforms typically feature lightweight materials, fresh colors and thoughtful details for the perfect blend of style and comfort. New uniforms will make your kitchen staff look more professional to patrons while giving them the boost they need to tackle a new season and maybe even a new menu. At Averill’s Sharper Uniforms, we carry everything restauranteurs need to properly outfit their kitchen staff including chef pants and coats, shirts, aprons, headgear and more.Cotton Chef Uniforms

It’s important that the kitchen uniforms you choose are as functional as they are stylish. The weather can be unpredictable in the spring and it’s not uncommon for kitchens to fluctuate in temperature from day to night. In order to keep your staff comfortable, choose uniforms that work in a wide range of temperatures. Lightweight materials like Egyptian cotton, cotton twill and poly cotton blends are great choices for uniforms. These fine materials breathe well, are lightweight and are versatile enough to wear throughout the spring. Keeping your staff comfortable is the best way to help them focus and deliver outstanding service throughout their shifts. All kitchen uniforms sold by Averill’s Sharper Uniforms are made from the finest materials available and are carefully constructed to last.

This spring, add new kitchen uniforms to your spring cleaning checklist. Stained, dingy uniforms have no place in a restaurant like yours. Order new uniforms for your staff to refresh their spirits and get them ready to take on spring. It’s the perfect opportunity to change styles, choose a lighter material or go in a new direction.  Give your staff a treat by ordering premium lightweight and stylish uniforms from Averill’s Sharper Uniforms and take advantage of our incredible selection, extensive uniform knowledge and more. At Averill’s Sharper Uniforms we offer everything you need to make sure your kitchen is ready for a new season and a new set of challenges. Your kitchen crew works hard for you, treat them right by ordering new uniforms this spring.

Spring Is Coming, Time to Order for the New Year! New Styles, Colors, New Employees!

Spring Server Shirt - FemaleNew Spring Hospitality Uniform Styles at Sharper Uniforms

The best finds in new spring styles for hospitality uniforms also are selling for less at Sharper Uniforms.  We have new looks to outfit your staff from the front of the house to the back in the kitchen. Shop our new designs in catering uniforms, resort and spa wear and more.

When spring arrives, it’s only natural to want to mimic nature by introducing sunnier colors than darker winter hues. Investing in smart looking uniforms is also smart for your hospitality business’s bottom line.

When your hospitality industry employees dress to impress, it positively influences customers and increases job satisfaction among your workers. Cornell University reports that there is a measurable correlation, according to studies on the effect of employee uniforms on customers and employee job satisfaction.

Replace all uniforms, or add economically priced accessories such as lighter or brighter aprons, shirts, ties or scarves. Our new arrivals for spring include smartly designed snap-button stain-release server shirts for women and figure-flattering styles in wrap-front spa tunics.


Casual resorts and restaurants are praising our new men’s crew neck uniform T-shirts with moisture-wicking construction. We have fun new unisex jacquard camp shirt styles for services in four vibrant colors. Kitchen chefs give five-star reviews to our new looks in chef military caps and chef slouch beanies. See our collection of economically priced styles in vests and jackets for men and women. Choose classic styles to transcend seasonal trends.

Today’s hospitality industry uniform shirts reflect smarter construction such as fabrics that resist stains, and wrinkles. As the weather grows warmer, you’ll want your staff to look polished and cool in formal or casual restaurant and resort shirts for men and attractive shirt styles for women that wick away moisture.

At American owned Averill’s Sharper Uniforms, most of our apparel is made in America for the best quality and exceptional durability. If your hospitality wear budget is tight this year, you can still welcome in spring by shopping our sales for uniform basics and adding spring flourishes with our low prices on spring season vests and neckwear for men and women.

Contact our staff for custom embroidery, screen print and heat seal services on your next order from the hospitality pros from

Sharper Uniforms Is Going on the Road – We Are Attending 3 Trade Shows Early This Year!

Join Sharper Uniforms at Spring 2017 Tradeshows

Averill’s Sharper Uniforms is on the road this spring to show off our exceptional classic uniform favorites and new hospitality uniform styles to America. We’re a hospitality tradeshow favorite for our collection of the best uniforms for men and women at our unbeatably low prices.

It’s also our chance to learn from customers around the country what they like and what they want for their restaurants, spas, resorts, hotels and other hospitality businesses. What we learn on the road is represented in every new collection of customer-approved shirts, pants, skirts, caps, coats, vests, neckwear and accessories for casual and formal settings.

Sharper Uniforms Trade Show

In Florida

At the CMAA 2017 Club Business Expo in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, hosted by the Club Managers Association of America, we will be showing off our new arrivals for spring that you can also see at our website at

Visit us at Booth No. 223 at the tradeshow at the Orlando World Center Marriott, and you will receive a free gift. Plus, you can enter for the chance to win a surprise gift at our tradeshow drawing. At the CMAA event, you can also meet executives from country clubs, restaurants, resorts, yacht clubs and golf facilities around the world.

In Boston

We travel north to the New England Food Show on Feb. 26 through Feb. 28 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  Visit us at Booth No. 110 to see our great front and back of the house uniforms, and enter for our drawing for a surprise gift.

Be our guest with free tickets to this hospitality industry-favorite show. Go to the food show’s website and click on registration. Enter Priority Code 30111 for your free tickets. There is no limit on free ticket requests, so bring your staff and family.

In Maine

We travel to Maine in March for the 2017 Maine Restaurant Show on March 29 at the Cross Insurance Arena at 1 Civic Center Square in Portland, Maine. Come see us in Booth No. 604 for show-only special prices and discounts. At every one of our on-the-road shows, you’ll learn about new trends and money-saving tips on outfitting your staff.

Throughout the year, you can find the best prices on smartly designed casual and formal hospitality uniforms, along with a full array of custom uniform services, at

It’s Sweater Weather Time


Professional-looking cold weather wear can be hard to come by. Sharper Uniforms has made offering stylish and sleek sweaters a priority. Our full collection of sweaters features designs that offer warmth, style and functionality. Here are a few standout selections you should explore:

Unisex V-Neck Sweater Vest: For days when a full sweater is too much, but the air is still nippy, sweater vests are a great option. This vest is loose fitting, heavy duty and low-pilling. It’s also machine washable, which is perfect for daily home care.

Unisex Heavyweight Zipper Cardigan Sweater: Some days are colder than most. The heavy acrylic knit of this zippered cardigan will keep your staff fully shielded from the cold. It can be worn fully zipped up or down. This choice gives the wearer control over temperature regulation to ensure comfort.

Contrast Piping Half-Zip Sweater: Half-zip sweaters take blending form and function to new heights. This sweater in particular features unique detailing like a faux leather pull and contrasting, ribbing that’s eye catching and stylish.

Front Desk Robe: A casual, slightly unconventional look may be just what your business needs to allow your staff to appear approachable and friendly to your clientele. The belted wrap around style of this cotton blend sweater is perfect for front desk staff.

Full-Zip No Pockets Cardigan Sweater: For front desk workers and management positions, presenting a sleek and professional appearance is crucial for inspiring confidence from other team members and clients. This sweater has these qualities in spades.

Unisex Crew Neck Sweater: This is one of the most recognizable designs out there. The crew neck, classic fit sweater is excellent for locking in heat, allowing a full range of motion, and providing a smooth surface for logo embroidery.

When you need to keep your team warm but don’t want to sacrifice style or function, turn to Sharper Uniforms’ vast selection of beautiful cold weather clothing.

Prepare for Winter: Outerwear Blowout Sale

Hospitality Outerwear

Are you looking for big savings on high quality cold weather uniforms? Stock up on the finest winter wear and protective gear Sharper Uniforms has to offer. We’ve marked down our prices to give you first pick of the best deals. Our selection is filled with multi-season jackets, mid-weight outwear and moisture-wicking fabrics. This winter, ensure your outdoor staff are properly dressed for whatever the weather throws their way. Explore our selection of cold weather outwear to find the perfect blend of stylish and functional for your establishment. Here are a few options you might consider:

Unisex 3-Season Water Resistant Valet Jacket: This jacket is highly versatile and offers yearlong wear through most types of weather conditions. It features quilted insulation, zipper closures, multiple pockets and rib knit cuffs to lock in the heat.

Soft Shell Water Resistant Jacket: Offering a lightweight construction that’s easy to slip on and off, this jacket will help your workers look their best and feel protected. It features a triple-layer bonded fabric for maximum weather protection.

Moisture Wicking Performance Tek Resort Hotel Jacket: Featuring a double layer bonded fabric for breathable wear, this jacket offers moisture-wicking technology that makes comfort a priority. It offers protection against the wind and rain, and it features open sleeve cuffs.

Mid-Weight Microfleece Resort Hotel Jacket: When the weather outside is frightful, what your workers really need is a premium fleece jacket. A customizable pull chord at the hem ensures each team member can alter it to the fit they prefer.

Unisex Snap Closure Polyester Shell Valet Jacket: The snap closure of coach jackets is one of a kind. In this jacket the unique closure offers a tight seal against light wind and rain. This jacket also features open side pockets, elastic cuffs and a pull chord hem that is fully adjustable.

Don’t wait to take advantage of our reduced prices. This is the perfect time to save on high quality gear for your valuable team members.

Stylish Neckwear to Enhance your Outfit

Stylish Neckwear Adds Flair to Staff Uniforms

The most affordable way to add a stylish look to ordinary hospitality uniforms is with the right neckwear. Choose the same colors in ascots, ties, bowties and scarves, or mix up the palette to best complement the setting, theme and ambiance of your restaurant, spa, hotel or resort. Bowties or neckties in subtle to bold colors for men and women from our neckwear collections at Sharper Uniforms have become signature looks for the staff of celebrated caterers and resorts.

Dress up any hotel, restaurant or catering uniform shirt with one of our satin-finish bow ties. The secret behind the polished look is that this is a no-hassles clip-on bow tie, and one size fits all. Bring this stylish look up a notch by pairing bow ties with our premium-quality, but very affordably priced hospitality industry men’s vests and stylish vests for women. Because we offer neckwear at lower prices with bulk-buy discounts, we’re also becoming the go-to source to meet the non-uniform neckwear needs of community associations, choirs, clubs and college campus organizations.

formal neckwear for uniforms

Some in the hospitality industry once upon a time disdained classic neckties as a time-consuming burden for a staff with varying skill levels in the art of tying a necktie. Today, the popular choice is zippered neckties. These are pre-tied neckties. Slip the tie’s self-adjusting loop over your head, and then zip it up from behind using the hidden-from-view zipper.

To achieve a formal uniform look, choose neckties, scarves, ascots or bowties in premium fabrics in solid colors or subtle patterns. Less formal and casual hospitality uniforms can be dressed up with bolder colors or patterns in contemporary neckwear styles. Savvy hospitality industry apparel collections include two sets – one set of neckwear for everyday use and another set for special events. This year’s popular alternative to women’s uniform bowties or neckties is our rosette ties for women in a poly/satin blend. This versatile look easily segues from everyday to formal occasions, as does the feminine look of our women’s tulip ties.

Prepare for the Holidays with Formal Wear and Uniforms

Hospitality Uniforms Dressed Up for the Holidays

Dress up hospitality staff uniforms for the holidays with classic formal wear or just a few colorful accessories. The smartest investment is in durable tuxedo attire that can be donned for Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and other holidays. Plus, those tuxedos for men and women can be used for weddings, galas and other money-making events at your hotel, restaurant, resort or club.

However, if yours is a casual venue where the house uniform is a shirt or tee with black pants or jeans, go for inexpensive accessories. At Sharper Uniforms, our affordably priced bow ties in holiday colors can add cheerful hues to your staff’s apparel. Or, invest in our v-neck tuxedo apron that can be donned over a tuxedo shirt and dress pants or T-shirt and jeans. These formal-look wait staff aprons for men and women have divided centers to mimic the look of the front of a tuxedo jacket. Pair them with red or green bow ties for Christmas, glittery colors for New Year’s, pink and/or red on Valentine’s and pastel colors for Easter or receptions.

Tuxedo apparel is the go-to choice in hospitality industry uniforms for front desk staff, waiters, bartenders, hosts, guides, valet staff and doormen. Holiday accessories such as sprigs of holly for boutonnieres or women’s hair decorations or bow ties in holiday hues can add extra flair. Change accessories for different occasions.

ladies and mens tuxedo shirts

Because we serve the hospitality industry, corporate clients, convention planners and caterers, we curate collections of durable easy-care formal wear for men and women in sizes that can range from extra-small to 6XL for men and sizes 2 to 28 for women. Among our tuxedo shirt styles, our most popular are white traditional tuxedo shirts for men and white  classic tuxedo shirts for women.

Pair these shirts with men’s tuxedo pants in black with satin side stripes with comfort-fit waistbands for those long holiday work schedules and our classic tuxedo pants for women with satin side stripes and smooth no-bulky-pockets construction. We also carry women’s dressy tuxedo skirts in side slit, below-the-knee, and above-the-knee and floor-length banquet styles. For an extra flourish, consider our inexpensive 12-packs of one-size white gloves. If your budget says no to tuxedo shirts plus formal slacks, invest in the tuxedo shirts as the most visible formal wear for your staff. Substitute plain black pants or skirts for the tuxedo pants or skirts

This Just In: New Washable Suits and Microfiber Suits

Since the earliest days of film and television characters have undergone tremendous physical feats while wearing two-piece suits — Sean Connery as James Bond, Cary Grant in North by Northwest, or Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven. However, anybody who owns a suit knows that the slightest brush against dirty bench, or a smudge of lipstick can call for a trip to the drycleaners. Not to mention, the rigidity in most suit-fabrics hardly allow you to bend over to pick up a fallen pen, let alone jump from one rooftop to the next. Any person who’s attempted to live a life of adventure dressed in a suit is inevitably on a first name basis with the local tailor, dry-cleaner, and suit salesman, because suits have never been designed for the active lifestyle.

Fortunately, as our understanding of fabric evolves, exciting new possibilities emerge. For the first time Sharper Uniforms is offering fully Washable Microfiber Suits. Now you can keep your suit perfectly clean without the hassle of stopping by the dry-cleaner on your way to and from work. You can wash these suits yourself from home, at your own convenience.

washable microfiber suits

To boot, the cross-stitched fabrics allow for more stretch than a typical suit, which means your dreams of winning an impromptu game of office volleyball may become a reality. Expand your daily horizons by sitting cross-legged on the ground, riding a bike, or pitching a softball without feeling constricted. Don’t let the flexibility fool you, though, these classy suits don’t sacrifice design or style. The narrow notched lapels will give you a contemporary flare, combined with the on-trend two-button jacket.

Look great, save time and money, and simplify your life. Next time you see a butterfly, try to catch it. If you see somebody about to slip, dive to save them. If you’re challenged to hopscotch, don’t turn your back – you got this. These cutting-edge suits keep clean lines and well-tailored shapes and make a great addition to any professional’s wardrobe.