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A GUIDE FOR SHIRTS AND BLOUSES

  • The shirt and blouse is a cornerstone of any good company uniform. Smart or casual, branded or plain, a good shirt can make or break the look of your team in the catering and hospitality industry. Whatever style, colour or material you go for, the shirts your team wear will help represent your brand and create the right impression from the word ‘go’. Buy shirts online today with fast UK delivery

    We’ve put together a handy guide for shirts and blouses to help you decide what kind of shirt is ideal for your hospitality team, receptionist teams or other roles in your business.

    Ideal for all kinds of front of house staff, we’ve got the perfect shirts to top off the look you’re aiming for. If you can’t see what you’re after, contact our team – we’d be happy to talk you through the options and get your shirt order sorted quick, smart.

  • Choosing the right Shirt or Blouse

    Corporate Shirts and Blouses

    The look of your team members is one of the first things a customer will notice about your catering or hospitality business. Dressing them in top quality shirts and uniforms will help to gel your brand in your customers’ minds right from their very first visit.

    Hard-wearing, safety tested and great quality, your team will look the part in any of our shirt ranges.

    Here are just a few reasons why commercial quality shirts are recommended for your business:

    • Ideal for everyone – we have a range of shirts suitable for team members of any size, age, gender, build and style.
    • Practical– our commercial shirts come in all kinds of styles to suit the personality and job of each team member. They’re comfortable and stylish, leaving your staff to focus on their job and keeping your customers happy.
    • Adding a touch of style – a well-chosen shirt could be the finishing touch you need to make your team stand out. Match your shirts to your business style and you’re on to a winner.
    • Personalised branding – all our shirts can be made personal to your business brand. Choose your brand colour or add an embroidered logo or slogan.

Types of shirts

Long sleeved shirts and blouses

Ideal for the professional look, long-sleeved shirts and blouses allow your staff to look smart and stay comfortable in a range of front of house roles. Featuring breast pockets, a full-sized collar and cuffed sleeves, these shirts lend a formal air to every uniform, while the blouses offer a flattering fit for women with darts at the back and front.

Both shirts and blouses can be worn either with or without a tie for an extra touch of flair.

Short sleeved shirts and blouses

The same fit and quality as our long-sleeved shirts and blouses, the short-sleeved version offers a slightly less formal option, ideal for warmer weather or more casual establishments.

Roll sleeve shirts and blouses

Perfect for any roll where short sleeves are too short but long sleeves can get in the way, our roll-sleeved shirts and blouses offer the wearer the option to make the sleeves the ideal length for their preference. Smart but casual – as they say.

Denim stitch shirts

Versatile and practical, our denim stitch shirts and blouses can be dressed up or down to suit the vibe of your business. Our shirts feature a stitched, curved hem meaning, tucked in or out, these shirts look and feel great. The blouse option is darted for a flattering fit and features a fabulous, curved hem for style too.

Check bar shirts

For a modern yet classic look, our range of check bar shirts will suit any kind of catering business. Featuring the options of long, short or rolled sleeves, our check shirts and blouses are semi-fitted for comfort and style and come in a choice of striking colours too.

Gingham shirts

Available in a range of gorgeous colours, our gingham shirts and blouses can be worn as smart or casual to bring out the character of your business. Double buttoned cuffs feature on both shirts and blouses with a fit to suit every business brand.

Three-quarter sleeve blouses

For a look that feels modern but is based on classic fashion, the three-quarter sleeve blouse offers a touch of style to the traditional long-sleeved blouse. The sleeve comes to just below the elbow, making it the perfect option for stylish team members who want comfort but also need to keep sleeves out of the way.

Premium shirts and blouses

A step up in quality, our premium shirts and premium blouses are made from heavier cotton. They’re also slightly more fitted than our other ranges to set them apart in style.

Types of Shirt Fits

Slim fit

Slim fit shirts offer a sleeker silhouette for the wearer and ensuring excess material is kept to a minimum – a boon where clothing could get in the way of your team doing their job to their best ability.

Relaxed fit

The clue is in the name. Relaxed fit shirts and blouses are just that – relaxed. Better suited for a more casual look, relaxed fits will keep your team comfortable yet smart.

Short-sleeved

Ideal for team members who have to keep their sleeves out of the way, short-sleeved shirts offer style and quality while being practical and flexible too.

Long-sleeved

The classic long-sleeved shirt or blouse is the ultimate in style for your team. Smart, classic, modern yet traditional – the long-sleeved shirt does it all.

Three-quarter sleeve

It’s neither short nor long, but somewhere in between! Available only in the blouses, this classically stylish option is perfect as an option for formal or casual uniforms alike.

What sort of shirt should I buy?

The type of shirt you need for your business depends on the job it’s destined for. We’ve broken down the most requested job roles into categories so you can see which type is best for which job.

Front of house shirts

Items Look Description
Bar Staff Shirts Restaurant and Bar Staff with Black Shirts From smart to casual, bar staff need comfort, flexibility and durability in their shirts. Short or roll-up sleeves are ideal for this kind of work.
Waiters/waitresses Shirts Restaurant and Bar Staff with Waistcoats Depending on the vibe of the venue there are several shirt and blouse styles to suit waiting staff. From traditional restaurants to modern cafés and bistros, we have a range of shirts and blouses to suit every member of your waiting team.
Barista Shirts man wearing check shirt with rolled sleeves Whether dressed up or down, we have the perfect style of shirt for your coffee specialists. Comfortable, durable and flexible, whichever range you choose will be the perfect fit.
Sommelier Shirts Sommelier Aprons This specialist job deserves the perfect shirt and blouse to make your wine specialists stand out from the crowd. Try our long or three-quarter sleeve options for a smart and sophisticated look.
Receptionist Shirts Receptionist Shirt Perfect for making a great first impression, our range of long-sleeved shirts and blouses can be dressed up or down to suit the style of your business.
Concierge Shirts Concierge Shirt The face of every hospitality business, our long-sleeved shirts are the perfect base for your concierge uniforms. Smart, classic and comfortable, your team will be unflappable.
Management Shirts Managers Shirt With several ranges available for every style of management, there is the perfect combination of fit and style in our shirt and blouse range – your management team will be set for business.

Which shirt material is right for you?

We stock a range of different materials which all have their advantages and disadvantages. We’ve listed them all below to help you make an informed decision about your shirt materials:

Shirt materials

Style Look Advantages Disadvantages
Polycotton Polycotton Shirt
  • Long lasting and strong
  • Tear resistant
  • Washes well
  • Budget-friendly
  • Less likely to shrink than pure cotton
  • Not as breathable as pure cotton
  • Can only be ironed on low heat
Denim Denim Shirt
  • Ages well and looks stylish
  • Incredibly durable
  • Strong material to avoid accidental damage
  • Colour fades in continuous sunlight
  • Heavy when wet
  • Takes a long time to dry
  • Inflexible
Cotton Poplin Short Sleeve Poplin Shirt
  • Lighter than traditional cotton
  • Budget-friendly
  • Strong and durable
  • Breathable and water-resistant
  • Crease-resistant
  • Can be too thin
  • Doesn’t lock in heat so doesn’t keep you warm
Oxford Cotton Oxford Cotton Shirt
  • Machine washable and colourfast
  • Budget-friendly
  • Fully breathable
  • Comfortable and ideal for sensitive skin
  • Wrinkles easily
  • Can shrink when washed too hot
  • Not the most flexible material

Shirt brands

Here at Banksford we work with some of the best shirt brands around to bring quality, value and style to your uniforms and protective clothing.

  • Brook Taverner: Celebrating more than 100 years in the commercial clothing business, Brook Taverner really knows how to provide clothing that’s perfect for the workplace. They’re serious about corporate social responsibility and are committed to providing the best quality and service possible.

  • Premier: UK-based and proud, Premier develops, designs and manufactures a wide range of commercial clothing for the British and European markets. Ideal for personalisation, our Premier range is fantastic for any business looking to step up to a better quality work uniform.

  • Russell: Priding themselves on their innovation, creativity, quality and unrivalled know-how, Russell Europe is a fantastic supplier of shirt and blouses for workplace uniforms.

FAQs about shirts

We get asked lots of questions about our shirts. So, we’ve rounded up the most frequently asked ones here so you can find the answers without any hassle. But if you still have questions once you’ve read this section, contact us. We’re happy to help.

Can I personalise my shirts?

Absolutely. In fact, we’d love you to. There are just four easy steps to creating your amazing, personalised shirts:

  • Choose the perfect product and colour for your shirt.
  • Then make sure the ‘Personalise with your logo – £3.49’ box is ticked, adjust the quantity you want and add your order to the basket.
  • Finally, upload your logo, slogan or personalisation details and we’ll do the rest for you.
  • You’ll received a design mock up for approval before we make your order up.
  • We’ll do the rest so you can sit back, relax and await your exciting delivery.

Can I order plain shirts?

Of course. Simply order your garments online and leave the personalisation box unchecked.

Select your product type, colour, size and quantities then add them to your basket. Checkout is easy – simply enter your payment details, select your delivery option and await delivery. And if you’d like your order next day, make sure you order your unbranded shirts before 3pm.