Handy Hints – things to consider when ordering uniforms
- What is the item for? Work uniform, sports uniform or team supporter gear and how professional or casual can it be.
- Who is it for? Consider sizes, sleeves for juniors, male or female cuts and preferred style, length for modesty
- Consider comfort – when sitting/moving/raising arms/bending over
- Does it need to be SPF rated, fire retardant, sun smart?
- How often will you wear it – do you need multiples or different versions/styles/colours for different days
- Do you need functionality like pockets, key chain loops, collar, foldable cuffs
- Are you able to wash and iron your garment consistently or do you need a wash and wear fabric that does not need ironing?
- Is it a style that will suit all body types? Do you need to consider a maternity option in your style guide? What are alternative options for people to choose? Is there an option for custom made garments?
- Will the style/fabric design be available for years to come? Some suppliers change their styles often and you may need to consider alternatives.
- Where will the garment be worn as you may need to consider the weather and therefore the fabric and colour – interstate, on the roof, out bush, in high dirty or greasy areas, around kids and craft!
- Do you need matching apparel – i.e. hats, bags, jackets, pants, training and game versions.
- How often have or do you change your uniform needs? Does cost/budget impact your decision or options?
- How detailed is your logo – the more details and the more colour thread needed which will add expense. Is it too detailed that a small version of embroidery won’t be legible?
- How big is the logo – size will again determine number of stitches and amount of thread therefore adding extra cost.
- Does the logo have a ‘fade out’ or shading quality – this can be hard to replicate with thread – but any image can be replicated in sublimation or digital heat transfers.
- What colour are the items the logo to go on – will the colours clash or stand out.
- Do you need different logo colour options in your style guide to allow for different fabric or backdrop options
- Does your logo fit the area – does it need to be stacked or in line
- Do you need it personalised – have you confirmed spelling, sizing and policies that the business or legislation recommends (i.e. it should be considered and discussed in detail if you are going to have a child’s first name printed visibly on anything – Stranger Danger)