In an ideal world, we would all like to have physiques and figures like the models in magazines. However, we all come in different shapes and sizes. It’s is important to recognise this because when looking at workwear it is important to understand different fits will be required to suit your employees.
No universal fit
There are many corporate uniform brands to choose from, whether it be off the shelf or custom made. Each brand has its own basic blocks and fits. So, a size 12 shirt in one brand will be different to a size 12 shirt in another. It is important your uniform supplier can provide a sizing kit or sample sizes for the staff to try on and determine what they require. A good uniform supplier will know their brands and be able to advise if the blocks are on the smaller side or generous etc. Take their advice and work with them to get the right fit for your team.
How to measure
In some cases, it is not possible for all employees to get to the office to try on the sizing kit so you will need to provide a size chart. Each brand will have their own sizing chart they work from. For tops they will generally require chest/bust measurements and a length either from the centre back neck or the shoulder to the hem. For pants and skirts measurements like waist, hip and inner leg length will be required. You will need a tape measure and a pen and paper handy. To measure your chest / bust just run the tape measure under your arms and around the back to chest and then record the measurement at the widest point. Then go to the size chart provided and see what size it correlates to. For example, if a female measures 104cm and the sizing chart for size 12 lists 102cm, size 14 lists 107cm you would choose size 14. You need to go to the next size up from your measurement. Otherwise your shirt would be too small.
Your real size
From years of experience we can tell you that employees often tell you the size they want to be not the size they are. By doing this you will end up with ill-fitting clothing that is uncomfortable. As an employer, you will have staff complain that theirs doesn’t fit, but generally it is not that the uniform was supplied incorrectly it was that the correct size was not given originally. If a second uniform needs to be purchased it is often at cost of the employee, so get it right the first time. Use the size charts and sample kits to determine your true size. It doesn’t matter what the size in the label reads it is more important that the uniform fits. This way all team members end up with a good looking, comfortable uniform they enjoy wearing.
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