Being “dressed for success” back in the day didn’t mean wearing a comfortable woven shirt, paired with khakis or denim pants. In some office environments, that kind of attire was only acceptable on “casual Fridays”. Today, however, there is a new wave of corporate apparel that gives office landscapes a relaxed but still professional look. Although style may be everything when it comes to corporate settings, today comfort is even more important.
In corporations that don’t have a work-from-home policy, dress codes have mellowed tremendously in the last decade, and that’s for some very good reasons. More and more people are gravitating towards a style that’s not that much uptight and it’s more relaxed. But what does actually a „relaxed” style entail? It is an employee wearing dress pants with a woven shirt and sweater vest, instead of the traditional dress pants, a woven shirt, tie and suit coat. But although the new trend may say ‘relaxed,’ I’d say it is definitely well put together.
Furthermore, there is an important link between the comfort of employees while wearing corporate apparel and their level of productivity. Nowadays, more and more businesses are starting to buy into the idea that a relaxed work environment can lead to increased productivity among their staff, and that starts with their wardrobe. You can’t really do your best when you are not feeling your best, right? Many scientific studies have shown the positive impacts that the free movement of the body has on the mental capabilities of people. Luckily, wellness concepts have been adopted by corporations in such ways that are changing the way employees exist within the corporate environment.
The truth of the matter is, with every passing generation, corporate attire is becoming more and more relaxed and employees and managers are less uptight about rules and regulations when it comes to uniforms. A relaxed business appearance is perceived as being ‘cool,’ and businesses that are trying to attract the younger crowd to the workforce, or even places like restaurants trying to attract youngsters to visit them, have a more laid-back dress code that fits in today’s culture.
As for the colours and cuts, when shopping, watch for more stretchy fabrics. For this upcoming year, styles will trend towards a modified point of a spread collar, and shirts will be worn tucked or untucked – based on personal preferences. Among the most popular colours will be lavender, ultraviolet shades, and of course, neutrals, black and white. Vintage colors are also becoming more popular with casual woven styles, but the traditional wovens are still dominant, being there for people who want to play it safe, with mostly neutral color options being purchased more frequently. Also, slim-fitting woven models are slowly finding their way into the corporate industry, but they haven’t been widely sought after just yet.
There was a time in history when men wouldn’t even dare leaving the house before putting on a hat first. But things have largely changed, and instead of being an essential part of men’s daily looks, hats are now mostly worn for their practicality. However, that doesn’t mean they have lost their cool factor. Actually, the fact that hats are now rarely worn makes them the perfect stylish accessory to make your look stand out from the crowd. And if you want to make an even bigger fashion statement, vintage style hats are a perfect choice. (more…)
Weddings are joyous occasions for the whole family, not only for the bride and the groom. The mother of the groom plays a very special role in the ceremony as she’ll have to meet and talk to all of the guests, so it is important to look the part. Picking the right dress means more self-confidence, more comfort and an enjoyable experience for her altogether. (more…)
When you’re a teenager, you do everything to stand out from the crowd and get the attention you need, and it’s not exactly the time of your life where comfort means anything. That’s not the case when you reach your late twenties and early thirties!
If you want me to clarify with an example, I would say it has to be the period of wearing uncomfortable high heels day in and day out, that you simply can’t stop wearing because you feel your self-esteem is sky-high despite the excruciating pain, as opposed to the period of making the most of the ingenious orthopedic Mary Janes that feel as comfortable as they look.
I wasn’t always a fan of Mary Janes but I learned to love them because of how great they make me feel. Unlike my first thought, they are stylish and can be worn with all sorts of outfits, from casual, smart casual, to formal, as they are available in a variety of colours, with different features, with or without the classy heel. Buy leather and you can have them as a year-round staple.
What makes orthopedic Mary Janes irreplaceable is the fact they add to the health instead of leading to health problems like high heels do. Since they are designed conforming to the natural shape of the feet, so even the foot bed is properly contoured, they have a wide toe box which makes them ideal for everyone, even women with foot and knee pain.
If you’re like me and experience issues with bunions due to extensive wearing of high heels, fret not, Mary Janes are wide enough to accommodate them without causing pain or lead to other foot deformities, such as corns, calluses, and hammertoes. What I realised over the years is it’s not style if it harms you so why not choose comfort?!
When spending a lot of time on foot or sitting, it’s normal for feet to get swollen. As Mary Janes are orthopedic they have removable insoles allowing you to change the size inside according to the feet swelling. On the plus side too you never have to worry about sweaty feet either, just change the insole and that’s it; bye bye athlete’s foot.
Compared to other shoes I’ve worn before, I see immediate difference with these because of the breathability they were created to provide and it shouldn’t come as a surprise I don’t have a problem with smelly feet anymore.
Uniforms play a crucial role in making your business look more professional. This is especially true if you’re in the hospitality industry and run a restaurant or other food servicing business. With so many online places for people to leave feedback on such as Google, TripAdvisor, Yelp, to name a few – you want to do whatever is in your power to get more positive reviews.
Australians are very picky about where they eat, and the service they receive is a deciding factor. That being said, uniforms play a crucial role in maintaining appearance. Besides online reviews, restaurants are judged by the staff they employ. This is even before your staff have the chance to make a good first impression through contact. The first impression is made by their appearance. If you’re still contemplating whether custom staff uniforms are a valuable investment for your restaurant, here are some of the benefits you get.
Having your employees dressed with custom server aprons, pants and shirts can go a long way in how people view your restaurant. As much as we hate to admit it, we all judge based on looks. That being said, people will judge how each and every piece of clothing looks on your employees. Moreover, employee uniforms can easily transform your restaurant from a casual place where people go for happy hour to a more serious place where client meetings and anniversaries take place.
Additionally, custom server aprons, pants and shirts can help promote your brand, and help people distinguish servers from other staff. There’s nothing I hate more than looking around the restaurant trying to find a server but not being able to because they don’t wear a uniform, or the uniform is too casual to distinguish from random by-passers.
Something else many people do unconsciously is associate businesses with their staff. Uniforms with custom logos and writings can help grab the guest’s attention and create vivid memories of their experiences there. You want to be remembered in one way or another, preferably by the quality of your food, of course, but by the amazing service as well. Hats, aprons and shirts with quotes add character to your brand.
With all of these benefits in mid, I think acknowledging that there is great value in having custom made staff outfits is a worthwhile investment. There are many quality uniforms available to you online and locally which you can add your logo or brand’s message to, thus becoming more visible to more people and attracting more customers.
Some people pride themselves on their jobs and successes, others pride themselves on their loved ones, or crossing out more far off places off their bucket lists, and then there’s me, priding myself on my handbag collections. By now I can rightfully consider myself the Carrie Bradshaw of handbags; everyone who’s watched the unforgettable Sex and the City knows she has her piles of shoes, same way I have my piles of bags. What started out as a need to have the perfect bag for every occasion and outfit, continued as a genuine adoration of these products. (more…)