Whether it’s aprons, shirts or waistcoats we can help find the style for you.
It doesn’t matter what size of hotel you run your staffs appearance matters. From reception to housekeeping a great look will help your customers feel at ease and convey a sense of togetherness. Keeping this in mind a good Front of House uniform is essential.
You have two main sections to your Front of House; Reception and Serving staff. You could say Reception are perhaps the front line of your team. Though, you have to remember you servers and bar staff are the ones having interaction continually with your guests. Whether in the restaurant, bar or room service they are expected to look the part at all times in what can sometimes be a hectic environment.
Reception and servers can sometimes cross over, sharing rolls. In larger hotels these two can be very be different animals. So we will concentrated on the restaurant and bar side in this blog.
Front of House.
Front of house is all about setting a mood; making your customers feel at ease in unfamiliar surroundings. You need a uniform that fits your hotel styling. Whether trendy Boutique or Country House, getting the correct look helps a lot with the atmosphere you’re trying to create. But balancing practicality with style can sometimes be a tricky.
So, what are the components of your Front of House Uniform.
This kind of depends on the look you are going for. Is it formal or a more relaxed style?
A 5 star hotel is unlikely to have staff in t-shirts and will probably go for a dress shirt. Combine with this a waistcoat, dress trouser and crisp plain apron you get something that wouldn’t look out of place at a banquet or wedding. Subtle changes in this style can also define distinct position, whether server, bar staff or manager. A different waistcoat or apron colour can help differentiate to you customers who’s who.
Of course, the bar or restaurant managers can choose to be suited. Matching the suit fabrics to the waiting staffs waistcoats works very well to unify the whole look.
But waistcoats aren’t just confined to the country house hotel though. These garments are very on trend. Matched with chinos and a rustic style apron they look great in any setting. Made from the most modern fabrics these waistcoats are very comfortable when putting in a long shift.
Comfort to is something that should be at the forefront when choosing a design. You have to remember your staff will be working for hours at a time. If their uniform is a distraction you will never get the best from them.
When it comes to shirts the array of styles and colours is vast. You can easily get design that is right for your look. But if you are still struggling you can always customise. We can easily add roll sleeves or have the collar modified to a mandarin.
Likewise the apron selection is huge. There shouldn’t be a problem finding a fabric and colour that matches your style. Standard aprons come in over 40 colours and always have great deals for larger orders. Or, if it’s a more bespoke you are after you can always go for handmade leather, canvass or denim route. This way you get something that is totally unique to you.
Something that shouldn’t be forgotten is accessorising. Whether it’s a tie or brooch these can really help bring a look together. Especially if you consider going down the bespoke route. Customising to corporate colours or branding can make a uniform, giving it that last little je ne sais quoi.
Everything, of course, can be branded. Embroidery is by for the most popular. Not just because it’s the toughest and most hard wearing. But because of the detail of the designs you can achieve with this method.
Kylemark has over 22 years experience in helping our customers choose the right route and a quick chat can often spark an idea you had never thought of before. If you are interested in some advice give us a call on 01292 848100 or drop us an email and we’ll endeavour to help.
Check out our other blogs in the Hotel Uniform series here.