Although the concept of the ‘uniform’ has remained consistent for decades, innovation in design and fabrics mean there are often new trends appearing that determine the exact details of this uniform. This is especially so in the case of protective clothing, which is often evolving in line with safety regulations.
One of the trends in 2017 with workwear was for for greater comfort. There are constant developments in technology to produce clothing that is more comfortable to wear, with lighter fabrics, moisture-wicking properties and ventilation. There are also changes to allow for greater mobility.
Uniforms are also becoming a lot more versatile as people are expected to perform jobs with multiple functions. They may be working in multiple environments that all have different requirements and potential safety hazards. There is, therefore, a trend for uniforms that combine a number of protective features, such as protection from chemical splashes or offering flame resistance and high visibility.
As well as uniforms needing to be versatile, many workforces are becoming more blended - there are people with different skill-sets working side-by-side. Therefore, many uniforms are starting to reflect this diversity, and also serving to bring everything together cohesively. This includes incorporating branding and logos into their design.
There is also an increased focus on the quality of uniforms, with more protective regulations coming into action. Uniforms need to be more durable, with guaranteed safety features made by trusted manufacturers.
Styles are evolving too; more options are becoming available, and there are changes to the actual designs. Employers are starting to recognise the value of corporate-wear, but also the fact that people are more likely to wear the compliant uniform if they actually like it. Therefore, ensuring it fits well and looks good is becoming ever more popular. Companies are looking for one-off styles that feel personal to their business, but also look stylish and contemporary.
The colours of uniforms vary from industry to industry too, but bold colours have been making a comeback for the last few years. During the
1970s, it was all about avocado green, while the millennium brought about a shade of neon green. 2017 found a happy medium, creating a sense of quality and luxury for staff.
This year is ultimately about improving the experience for employees, and uniforms can help substantially with this. Businesses need to retain
staff and ensure they are happy - because this all translates into greater sales. It is also about ensuring there is a consistent and clear message at all times for customers, who will be speaking with brands from multiple platforms and will be looking for cohesion. Your choice of uniform plays a key role in your business, and the changing trends of workwear reflect closely the many shifts occurring in the working world too.
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