Work Uniform Ideas for Winter – Get Ready to Work in Style
Winter is around the corner and it is time to gear up for the season. Those who are returning to work post the pandemic may be at loss at what to wear as office uniform.
Whether your staff spends whole or part days outdoors exposed to the elements, we have put together practical ideas for winter work outfits.
To help your staff stay comfortable and effective in cold conditions, you need to plan and do strategic buying. That said, layering is often misunderstood to just mean several layers. For instance, using 3 cotton t-shirts can’t be termed as layering, they are not good for insulation and won’t sit comfortably on each other. They will instead make the wearer sweaty and uncomfortable.
- The base layer
The base layer provides insulation while wicking sweat away to the outer layer so it can evaporate. This is true especially if your staff is going to be active. Make sure to use a close-fitting layer to help your staff work effectively.
For extreme cold conditions, thick long underwear can be used as part of your layering system. You can choose synthetics or merino wool as they wick moisture away from the skin to the outer layers offering better insulation. While cotton must be avoided, if it is a safety requirement for some businesses, you can use it as your base layer.
For less cold conditions, a thin thermal base layer with regular clothes on top can add significant warmth. Also, this is an inexpensive way of adding further insulation and since it is invisible, you don’t need a whole range of colours or styles to go with your other clothes. You can include light or dark colours so as not to show through outer layers.
- Mid-insulation layer
When choosing mid-insulation layers, choose flexible clothes suitable for changing conditions with adjustable ventilation during exertion and with close-up vents when it gets really cold. Outdoor staff uniform requirements can change rapidly so it is crucial to remain comfortable at all times and keep working efficiently. Choose clothes with zips, collars and draw cords that allow you to open up for ventilation or close in extremely cold conditions.
Choose lined cotton or heavyweight synthetic material such as polyester/cotton for pants. Also, make sure that the pants have a slightly loose fit as close-fitting pants will affect circulation and make you feel colder while leaving no room for thermal underwear.
For the upper body, choose thick shirts, sweaters and jackets in cotton, wool, down and synthetic materials such as fleece to complete your winter workwear. Opt for vests and gilets for moderate level of activity especially where freedom of arm movement is needed.
Do note, soft insulating garments are not wind or water-proof especially in extremely cold conditions. So, if you need your staff to be outside all the time, you will have to add a shell garment to ensure they are not wet or frozen by the wind.
2) Outer Shell
Add an outer layer to your staff uniform to help your team get front line protection from the weather. Make sure it is windproof and waterproof as well. You can either include a shell with no additional insulation or the one having built-in insulation. If you’re planning to include jackets, make sure they have hoods.
If the cold isn’t severe or you want to include extra layers underneath if it gets really cold, you should choose uninsulated shell. It can be all through the year and even as a waterproof apparel for warmer months. That said, the outer layer should also have similar features such as draw-cords and cuffs like the insulating layers.
A few alternatives you can think of are;
- Winter work parka,
- 3-in-1 Jackets,
- Insulated overalls and bibs,
- Waterproof rain pants
3) Protect the head, hands and feet
While your work uniform covers the rest of the body, the head is the largest uncovered part of the body. So, you can include a hat to protect the head. A hat is a versatile piece in your uniform as it allows more freedom of movement and better vision than a hood. In fact, you can include both. The hood can offer quick insulation and protect your staff from the wind and cold weather conditions. Alternatively, you can include a beanie to complete your staff uniform.
You must never forget to include insulating socks in your winter workwear. Thick woolen insulating socks provide the best insulation. Also, avoid wearing too many pairs of socks as it will make your boots tight and remove most of the air. This way you will have lost the main insulator and the socks won’t be warm enough.
If your boot soles need extra warmth you can use a thermal insole. However, they are slightly expensive and not a substitute for proper winter wear.
Additionally, you can include boots in your work uniform as they cover the ankles and reduce heat loss. However, make sure to have thick insulated soles as a lot of heat can be lost through the only part of the body in contact with the cold ground.
There’s no denying that hands particularly the fingers can get cold very quickly during cold months. So, you can include work mittens as they are more effective than gloves at keeping your hands warm.
Work uniforms tell a lot about your business. So, make sure to put together an ensemble that works the best. Here at PCL Corporatewear, we have a wide collection of socks, innerwear, beanies, hats, t-shirts, work shirts, trousers and more that you can use to create unique work outfit for winter for your staff. We can also print your company logo or text using our embroidery and tax tabbing services. Do get in touch with us to know more.