Most pubs have a clothing rule about what staff can wear, often this comprises formal black trousers, black shoes and a long-sleeved white shirt with the company’s embroidered logo on the breast pocket.  In more prestigious settings this can include a waistcoat and in more casual ones it’s usual to wear an apron over the white shirt.

For very relaxed pub outlets the white shirt can often be swapped for a printed T-shirt with the pub’s name and logo on the front – often with promotional sales rates or event details on the back. These are sometimes even accompanied by shorts rather than trousers to give a really laid back ‘fun’ feel to the venue.

It’s usual for the employee to pay for their own trousers/skirts and shoes but for the employer to provide the branded part of the uniform, including monogrammed shirts or T-shirts. Some large chains also give permanent staff an allowance to cover laundering clothing and others provide hats, hairnets and other items of hygiene wear.

Unifying clothing is vital to make serving staff easily visible to customers, and aprons are a good idea because they allow all members of staff to be involved in food preparation and serving.

Retro clothing choices, such as frilly aprons and starched caps for cocktail waitresses or bowler hats being seen with striped butchers’ aprons in some seafood and champagne bars, can be a fantastic way to build brand recognition.