The Custom Logo Embroidery Process

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White-glove embroidering is a detailed process that results in a clean, professional look. It starts with the Decoration Form where customers provide their order information and any images. In this video, we explain how Sharper Uniforms provides high-quality embroidery services that bring designs to life.

We’ll create a digital file that the embroidery machine can read and send a quote. From there, we match the PMS thread colors to your logo or text, individually mark each garment, stabilize them and use our embroidery machines for stitching.

Custom embroidery on uniforms helps promote your brand, raise awareness and identify staff. Sharper Uniforms communicates with customers throughout the process to ensure they get the results they’re looking for. Call or email us whenever you have questions.

Upgrade Your Uniforms in 2020

With a new year and decade, there’s no better time to rebrand. At Averill’s Sharper Uniforms, we have a wide range of work uniforms for sale to help you upgrade in 2020. As hospitality industry experts, we have uniforms for hotels, restaurants and resorts. From servers to valets to housekeepers, we have what you need to dress your staff in style.

If you want to upgrade your restaurant uniforms, be sure to check out our server shirts, aprons and accessories. You can create a new uniform or add a fresh element to what you already have.

For hotels and resorts, we have something that will have everyone on your staff looking great. You can view our front desk shirts, housekeeping tunics and dresses, spa uniforms and more on the web.

Looking for restaurant uniforms? See one of our top men’s poplin restaurant shirts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYjpX

Find all of our restaurant uniform selections here: https://www.sharperuniforms.com/resta

If you are looking to refresh your resort or country club uniforms, check out our selection here:
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Tour of Sharper Uniforms Office

Averill’s Sharper Uniforms is an expert in hospitality uniforms and custom work uniforms with logos placed on professional uniforms with embroidery, heat seal transfer and screen printing. See a video tour of their impressive local offices from owner and founder, Averill. Meet the staff behind the uniforms and services Sharper Uniforms proudly provides to the hospitality industry across the world, and see their uniform suppliers display typically seen only at trade shows.

Fine Dining Wear & Uniform Guide

Nearly every workplace has a dress code set by legal requirements for the job, expectations for appearance and other aspects. For fine dining services, this involves formalwear that meets both expectations and comfort for a fast-paced environment. Dress servers, bussers and more in the uniform your clients expect and your staff will love with these expert tips from Sharper Uniforms.

Dress Shirts

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While consistency is naturally a key point in any fine dining uniform, there are exceptions in the sense of providing a selection of men’s dress shirts and women’s dress shirts as opposed to unisex button-down shirts. Formal uniform shirts generally have a sharper look and more comfortable fit when they’re designed to suit the gender of the wearer. These also give some seasonality options to change color palettes under the uniform tuxedo jacket for your staff (such as pastel dress shirts in spring, cool colors in winter, etc.). Another option is to change out the ties or scarves of your uniform for the season or occasion instead.

Tuxedo Jackets

There are many kinds of tuxedo jackets to choose from that can be narrowed down depending on the event or reason you need a formal fine dining jacket:

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All options have a traditional and professional look that will give you the sleekest appearance for any restaurant work or catering event. These tux jackets are made of 100% polyester or a polycotton blend, both of which are very soft and comfortable for long-term wear.

High-Quality Server Jackets

The server jackets offered by Sharper Uniforms is the perfect style for those who work in the restaurant industry or catering. Your staff will look stylish, professional and sharp in this jacket. It’s made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton, which is what makes it comfortable to wear for a long time on even the most demanding workday. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, the premium quality stays intact even through industrial washing.

Busser Jacket Styles

Women and men alike can find a stylish and functionable busser jacket that will last a long time. They are all 100% polyester for durability and comfort, and there is a hidden zipper that makes this jacket more practical and easier to wear. It is recommended that a shirt is worn underneath since it isn’t lined. The men’s busser jackets are identical to the women’s busser jackets for crisp uniformity that is sure to impress.

Formal Uniform Essentials

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It’s important to look the part and appear professional wherever you go. You want to make a memorable, positive first impression in the workplace, and the restaurant industry is especially fast-paced, rewarding and competitive where the details make all the difference.

When you’ve found the stylish combination of server jackets, busser jackets or tuxedo jackets with that formal skirt or pants, your team will be sure to leave a good impression with everyone who comes to your restaurant. We even offer custom logo services to help your uniform stand apart. The material of our fine dining wear is long-lasting, soft and ideal for those that work in the restaurant industry.

How to measure for men’s dress shirt

The sizing system for men’s shirts isn’t the same for every style. While classic options like small, medium and large are used for regular T-shirts, there’s a completely different size chart applied for men’s dress shirts. While it does require a few extra steps to figure out the right size, men’s dress shirt sizing is designed to give you the most flattering and comfortable fit possible. If you’re trying to determine your dress shirt size, use this guide to walk you through each step of the process.

What You Need

In order to find the right size for a men’s dress shirt, you need a cloth tape measure and somewhere to jot down your measurements. If you don’t have a cloth measuring tape, you can use a piece of string and lay it flat against a ruler. While it’s possible to take the measurements yourself, you can also ask a friend or family member to help or visit a tailor to make sure you have the correct measurements marked down.

Here are the measurements you’ll need to determine:

  • Neck circumference
  • Sleeve length
  • Shoulder width
  • Chest circumference

In the following sections, we’ll explain how to properly take each of these measurements. Keep in mind that you may need to round up the size to the nearest whole or half inch if necessary. (For example, a 17 ¼ inch neck circumference would be rounded up to 17 ½ inches.)

Neck Measurement

Gently wrap the cloth measuring tape around your neck at the point where a collar would normally sit (usually just under your Adam’s apple). Keep your neck relaxed and avoid tucking your chin down or looking upwards. The tape should be resting lightly against your skin. Add one half-inch to the length to avoid a collar that feels too snug or restricting.

Sleeve Measurement

Place the end of the measuring tape at the center of the back of your neck. Then, run the tape down over the shoulder and along the arm until it meets the end of your wrist where the hand starts to widen. Your arm should be loosely hanging at your side while measuring rather than stretching it out rigidly. If you’re in need of short sleeve shirts, measure to just above the elbow instead.

Shoulder Measurement

Place the measuring tape on the outside edge of one shoulder. Measure over the curve of the shoulders to the outside edge of the other shoulder to determine the total width. Make sure you stand with normal, relaxed posture while measuring.

Chest Measurement

Loop the measuring tape around the full part of your chest. This will likely make the tape sit right up under your armpits and run across your shoulder blades. To get the correct measurement, make sure the tape rests lightly on your skin while in a relaxed position with your arms hanging down at your sides.

Fit Options

Once you have these measurements, you can start shopping for men’s dress shirts. Be sure to pay close attention to the following fit options to get the style you prefer. When selecting men’s formalwear, you might want a trim fit shirt that’s tapered to fit closer to the body. As for choosing dress shirts for work, you may prefer a standard fit shirt that’s not quite as snug. There are other options to consider that will suit your work environment better, such as no-iron dress shirts.
Whichever option you choose, you can use this guide to make sure your dress shirts always fit just right. You’ll feel more comfortable with a proper fit and your shirts will look professional and sleek.

What is a blouse?

How to Find the Best Work Blouses

Blouses are a staple in many wardrobes. But for those who aren’t familiar with this style, you might be wondering exactly what makes a blouse different than a standard shirt. In this post, we’ll detail exactly what a blouse is, explain where it’s most often worn and provide tips for finding a blouse that fits just right.

Blouses 101

A blouse is a type of ladies’ shirt that is considered to have a slightly dressier look than most tops. It’s similar to a dress shirt for men, but it doesn’t always have a button-up style. Blouses often have a rounded hem, allowing them to be worn tucked in or left untucked depending on your preferred style.

There are a huge variety of shirt silhouettes and styles that can be classified as blouses. However, most dressy or professional-looking tops for women are considered to be blouses.

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Blouses at Work

One of the most common applications for blouses is workwear. Many women in professional offices wear blouses to work on a daily basis. Blouses are a great choice for professional clothing because they have a more formal appearance while still being comfortable and versatile.

In addition, they are a popular choice for work settings where workers need to wear uniforms, such as restaurants, hotels and other service industry jobs. These blouses provide a professional and consistent look for female employees and can be easily matched with uniform dress shirts that the male employees may be required to wear. Because they have so many style options, you can also choose a uniform blouse with fashionable accents that leaves a good impression and has some personality (such as this Ruffle Pleat Blouse).

Blouse Sizing and Fit

Blouse sizes may come in standard sizes (small, medium, large, etc.) or in numbered sizes (0, 2, 4, 6, etc.). In both cases, it’s important to check the size chart for bust, waist and hip measurements to find the proper fit. The shirt should not feel too tight across the shoulders or bust when trying it on.

Most blouses are either flowy or fitted in style. While a flowy top is most common for dressy occasions outside of the office, a fitted blouse tends to be the best pick for professional settings.

Sleeve length is another consideration when choosing a blouse. These ladies’ tops can feature full-length sleeve, ¾-length sleeve, short-sleeve or sleeveless styles.

Tips for Buying Blouses

Ready to buy some blouses of your own? It’s important to pay attention to the details when shopping for these women’s tops. Here are some of the features to consider when buying blouses for work or for dressy outfits:

  • Material: A soft, slight stretchy material such as a cotton/polyester blend can provide the best comfort level when wearing a blouse.
  • Maintenance: Does the blouse need to be dry cleaned or can you wash it at home? Dry clean only shirts can be much more expensive in the long run. If possible, choose a wrinkle-free blouse that does not require ironing.
  • Neckline: If you’re looking for blouses to wear at work, it’s best to choose something with a slightly higher neckline to maintain a professional appearance.

Use this guide to make sure you get the best blouses for your needs and your personal style. For an extra sharp, professional look and a must-have branding opportunity, trust Sharper Uniforms with custom logo blouses. We can customize your uniform blouses with embroidery, screen printing or heat seal transfer to fit your workplace and brand.

What is the difference between a cardigan and a sweater

If your workplace can get a bit chilly or you just want to add another layer of style and personality to your school uniform, a sweater can do the trick – but a cardigan could too. That might have you wondering what’s the difference between a cardigan and sweater. Find out here from the uniform apparel experts at Sharper Uniforms.

Definition of a Sweater

A sweater is the catch-all term for any type of knitted top. While some sweaters may be oversized, others can be lightweight. Sweaters are common components in many uniforms, as they provide warmth and added style while keeping with the brand image.

Sweaters are further categorized by different types with the various kinds known for specific styling and design elements. Here’s where the cardigan comes in, but let’s start with a quick overview of different sweater types:

  • Pullover sweater: Type of sweater that must be pulled over your head to be put on and worn such as this ladies’ cotton cable sweater.
  • Crewneck sweater: Pullover with a rounded neckline that’s close to the neck with typically enough room for the top of a button-down collar to be seen.
  • V-neck sweater: Pullover with a V-shaped neck like this cotton V neckline sweater. It provides a professional look, particularly under a sporty jacket.
  • Sweater vest: Sleeveless pullover or zippered sweater vest that typically has a V-style neckline. This type of sweater looks sharp while giving more layering options.
  • Cardigan: Unlike pullovers, cardigans have an open front and can be put on the same way you would put on a jacket.

Sweaters vs. Cardigans

Cardigans are sweaters that open in the front, yet many of them have some type of closure so you can take full advantage of the warmth and style they provide. Buttons are one of the most common closure types for cardigans, as in this classic V-neck cardigan often seen in school apparel. You can also find zippers, snaps, eyehooks or other types of fasteners. Still other cardigans may have no closures in the front because they are designed to be left hanging open.

A cardigan with some type of closure tends to provide the most professional look, giving you a neat and put-together appearance much like a standard sweater while also offering the ability to leave the cardigan open or partially closed. On the other hand, most styles of sweaters don’t open fully in front, though some have a partial opening at the collar like this unisex contrasting collar quarter-zip sweater.

When considering the differences between a cardigan and a sweater for your uniform, the deciding factors should be based in your needs.

Benefits of a Cardigan Sweater

One of the reasons cardigans are among the most popular sweaters for uniforms is the ease with which they can be taken on and off. Rather than pulling them on or off over your head, you can slip into them. This is particularly useful if you work an environment that has temperature changes, as you can quickly and add or remove a cardigan without hassle. They also offer versatility in closure options. Classic cardigans come with traditionally professional buttons while zipper cardigans generally provide a sportier appearance.

Benefits of Sweaters

Sweaters maintain a professional and kempt appearance without requiring different parts, such as buttons or zippers. They also provide a greater range of neckline options from Y-neck to V-neck to a crewneck sweater, so the impression it gives can vary to suit more brand styles.

Start at Sharper Uniforms

Now that you’re clear on the difference between a cardigan and a sweater, all you need to do is choose the style and features that work best for you. Browse through the selection of sweater styles at Sharper Uniforms and add your logo with high-quality embroidery, screen printing or heat seal transfer.

Ladies Short Sleeve Summer Blouses for Front Desk

Cool the Summer Down! Ladies’ Short-Sleeve Blouses for Front Desk Staff

The Best Women’s Short-Sleeve Uniform Shirts

The summertime can be a tricky season for outfitting your staff. Traditional long-sleeve office shirts can be overbearing in the heat, leading to workers that feel exhausted or worn down long before their shift is over. However, many short-sleeved shirts are simply too casual for your business. You want staff to look professional because that’s the kind of company you are. Finding the balance between function and fashion is a big part of making that good first impression for customers and visitors.

Enter women’s short-sleeve front desk blouses from Sharper Uniforms. These formal shirt-sleeve shirts have a high-end sophisticated appearance for welcoming people at hotels, medical offices, conference centers, corporate headquarters and many other establishments. But they also help staff stay cool no matter what the demands of the day will be.

Traditional or Modern Women’s Shirts

We have an assortment of short-sleeve blouses for women that are stylish, comfortable and appropriate for staff that’s interacting with customers. Our Front Desk Open Neck Short-Sleeve Blouse was designed specifically for receptionists and concierges. It’s based on a traditional dress shirt – just one with shorter sleeves. Features such as the rounded collar, notched sleeves and open neck make it a flattering top that is also polished.

Want something that befits the modern woman? Consider shirts such as the Hotel Scoop Neck Cap Sleeve Blouse. This eye-catching shirt has a high-end vibe for front desk workers that want to be sophisticated and classy. Even if it’s 95 degrees outside, ladies will feel cool thanks to the 95% polyester construction that provides excellent breathability. The shirt is light, comfortable, flattering and durable for season after season.

Front Desk Blouses that Pop

When the heat arrives, your staff will be ready thanks to summer ladies’ short-sleeve blouses from Sharper Uniforms. Some of the other styles we offer include twill front desk shirts, V-neck hotel blouses, performance valet shirts and short-sleeve ladies’ Oxfords.

What’s more, these blouses maintain their high-end look throughout a shift. They’re made of lightweight materials such as polyester and cotton that are breathable, flexible and colorfast. Front desk staff who are constantly on the move or going outside in the blazing sun will love moisture-wicking women’s blouses that quickly dry out from sweat (or a sudden rain shower). When the weather turns cool, you can layer them with jackets or sweaters to keep a hint of summertime going strong.

Custom Short-Sleeve Uniform Blouses

Sharper Uniforms adds even more to summertime uniform blouses with our White Glove Logo Decoration Services. Send us your logo – or tell us where to find it online – and we’ll add it to a blouse using embroidery, screen printing or heat seal transfer. This helps customers identify front desk staff and emblazons your brand in their mind. It’s one of the many ways that we help hospitality and office staff look cool no matter how hot is. We’re always adding new uniforms to our catalog, so keep your eyes open for ladies’ front desk summer blouses that make every June, July and August the best months to work!

Restaurant, Clubhouse and Hotel Uniform Buying Tips and Tricks

Clubhouse Uniforms & Industry Insights
The Club Business Expo, also known as the CMAA World Conference, is an annual event run by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) and is an assembly of some of the world’s finest country clubs, membership clubs, and other hospitality organizations. The trade show is one of the largest within the industry, thanks largely to the great opportunity it holds for General Managers and their teams. This event allows them to brush shoulders with industry giants, connect with peers, and discuss the trends and insights that they have experienced over the past year.

The event is also a chance for GMs or Presidents to come face to face with their vendors- and many of them choose Sharper Uniforms for their vendor needs. At the 2019 CMAA Business Expo, Averill was invited to speak on the uniform buying industry and shared his best practices and tips for those new or unfamiliar with the business.

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Customizations: Embroidery, Heat Seal and More
Our partners choose Sharper Uniforms as their supplier for our available range of products, our personable customer service, and the scope of customizations we provide on nearly every item in our catalog. In this video, Averill discusses the behind-the-scenes details of the different customization processes and shares live examples of each.
At Sharper Uniforms, we’re proud to offer a variety of different customizations, including embroidery, screen printing, and heat seal transfers. As Averill explains, each of these personalization options have their unique best practices and specific uses. Embroidery is bold and draws the eye immediately, but higher thread counts will directly influence costs. Heat Seals are similar to high-performance stickers and have been a convenient replacement of tags on garments. Heat Seals can be extremely reflective, making them excellent choices for reflective outerwear, like outdoor valet jackets.

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Sample Your Fabrics and Colors
One of the most common mistakes when it comes to uniform purchasing is sampling the fabric under bright, fluorescent lights. GMs or other purchasing managers will view products online or get samples in their office and see one color, only to be dismayed that the colors will change dramatically under the dimmer lights of the dining area or under the brighter sun in the patio. It’s paramount to have your fabric samples in your actual venue, as the lighting will heavily influence the perceived colors of your uniforms.

Men’s Premier Machine Washable Suits

Men’s Premier Machine Washable Suits
One of the paramount cornerstones of any successful hospitality business is appearance. mens hotel single bread suit A lot of weight can be given to first impressions, so the way your staff and employees present themselves to members and guests is one of the most important concerns for General Managers and their teams. For men, few things deliver the professional and formal look better than a proper suit. These suits must be at the top of their game day in and day out, but the costs of maintaining them can be astronomical- especially for a hotel, country club or restaurant.

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Sharper Uniforms delivers the perfect solution: machine washable suits. These stylish suits provide the same fashionable finish with the added durability and convenience of being washable at in-house washers and dryers. Explore the perfect marriage between presentation and convenience with the three levels of available suits at Sharper Uniforms today!

Light Weight Suiting Collections
The summer months are an especially demanding time for your hotel or restaurant staff. The members, guests and temperatures are all increasing so it’s important to make sure that your team is equipped with the best possible tools. Sharper Uniforms offers high-quality uniforms that maintain their professional finish through the long and hot service hours to help keep your staff looking sharp so they can focus on the tasks at hand. These light weight suits have been designed with lightweight materials to provide breathability and mobility without making any sacrifices to their fashionable aesthetics.

Without a doubt, these premier machine washable suits are a welcome addition to your staff’s wardrobe. The unique design adds comfort that lasts through the long hours while its material lends additional durability that is necessary for future washes. If you’re looking for a new line of suits to enhance your team’s image, then look no further than these washable suits. And if these benefits weren’t enough, the savings from fewer dry cleaning trips will help improve your bottom line.

Custom Embroidery
Like most of the items that are available at Sharper Uniforms, these machine washable suits have been tailored to deliver the highest degree of quality and can be personalized with your custom business logo. Choose from our available customization options, which includes specialized embroidery, screen printing, and heat seal transfers.