If you’re starting a new job in food service, you might be wondering what you should wear and how you should present yourself while you’re on the job.
For those who have strict dress codes, this might not be a big issue, but if you’re able to choose more of what you wear and how you present yourself, you’ll want to make sure that you’re both comfortable and professional.
To help you in striking this balance, here are three tips for styling yourself when you work in foodservice.
Showcase Good Personal Hygiene
Arguably the most important thing about working in food service is having good hygiene. Not only should you actually be keeping yourself and your clothes clean, but you should make it easier to stay clean and hygienic when you’re working, too.
As a part of this, you’ll want to make sure that you always come to work with your hair and nails well groomed. If you have long hair, make sure you keep it back so that there’s little chance of it getting in your way or getting into someone’s food. For your clothes, it’s best to always start your shift in clean clothes. Even though you might get messy during your shift, starting fresh is the best policy.
Choose Darker Colors
For the actual clothes that you choose to wear at work, going with darker colors is usually going to be the safest bet.
Dark colors usually work better for hiding stains or spills on your clothing. And when you’re working in food service, having things spill on you is very common. Additionally, if you wind up getting too hot on your shift, dark colors will help to hide any sweat so that you don’t have to keep running into the industrial chiller to maintain your cool appearance. Plus, darker clothes just tend to have a more professional feel to them, which can help you to look and feel more professional at work without having to wear actual business clothing.
Wear Supportive Shoes
When you work in a restaurant, you’re going to be up on your feet for hours at a time. And unless you have supportive shoes, you could wind up with very sore feet and very huge blisters at the end of each shift.
To keep this from happening to you, you’ll want to find some very supportive shoes that you can wear while you’re on the clock. Look for shoes that have good arch support, as bad arch support can be what causes your feet to ache after being on them for too long.
If you want to look the part and feel great during every shift at your foodservice job, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you style yourself.