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Garment Advice
Garment advice from Corporate Wear

Choosing the right staff uniforms is more important today than ever before. First impressions can be the difference between securing and losing a client, and the way your staff present themselves plays a large role in this. An on-brand uniform can convey a lot about your organisation and help you create the right impression.

With many years of experience, we are always happy to help you find the best corporate uniforms for your team. Here are some of the things you may want to consider:

Cost vs quality

Higher quality fabrics may cost a little more at the outset, but they’ll last much longer, wash better and need replacing less frequently. Not only that, but they’ll help portray a better first impression when meeting potential customers and clients. Overall, high-quality fabrics provide much better value for money.

Colours

It can be difficult to match colours across different garments, fabrics and brands. For this reason, we recommend using the same brands and fabrics where possible. We would be happy to help you narrow down your options from our 5,000+ products, but it’s worth bearing this in mind when choosing your colours.

Fabric

If your garments are going to be worn and washed regularly, then think about opting for a more durable fabric. A blended textile such as polycotton is less likely to fade or shrink over time.

Styles

You’ll want to consider styles carefully, making sure the garments you choose suit most of your staff and reflect the correct image for your organisation.

Some of our garments are available in different styles and fits, which may make it easier to find pieces that suit everybody. This is especially true for shirts, blouses and suits, so ask us about the ranges if this is something you would like.

Sizing

Different garments may be available in different sizing ranges. You’ll need to make sure the garment you choose covers the size range you need for your staff.

Once you’ve decided, please make sure your staff measure themselves correctly because we do not accept returns on custom branded products unless there is a fault or error.

Printing and embroidery

We offer two custom branding options: printing and embroidery. The best option for you will depend on your logo and the garment you’d like to customise. You can find out more on our printing  and embroidery  pages or ask our sales team for advice.

Samples and trialling

We recommend samples to all our new customers. If you have a large company, you may want to order samples for different departments.

Number of garments

If your staff will be wearing their uniforms every day, make sure you purchase enough garments for the working week.

For suits and outerwear garments such as fleeces, hoodies and knitwear, we recommend ordering enough so your employees can always have one on, one ready to wear and one in the wash.

For blouses and shirts, we recommend 3-5 of each per employee as a minimum.

We understand that cost is an important consideration for any business. Skimping on quantities at the start may save money upfront but it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s likely to prove more costly in the long term as you’ll need to replace worn items more frequently.

After care

Investing in quality garments means nothing if your staff don't look after the garments correctly. Make sure all staff members are aware of the care instructions for each garment and adhere to these guidelines as much as possible. Here are some general guidelines we would advise every customer to follow:

  • Hand wash the garment if the product states that you should.
  • When using a washing machine, wash like colours together, wash suits separately and do not overload the machine. Remove garments from the machine soon after the cycle has finished.
  • Hang garments to dry naturally.
  • Do not over wash garments because this can cause premature wearing.
  • Iron suits using a cool iron over a damp cloth to avoid shining.
  • Always hang garments on a good fitting hanger at the end of the day.
  • For suit garments, we advise rotating garments even if you aren't washing them after that day.

Remember, Corporate Wear is always happy to help. If you need any advice on our products or services, please call us on 01844 220 500 or email us on sales@corporatewearltd.co.uk.