6-step checklist to choosing the perfect aprons for your hospitality or beauty uniforms


Gone are the days when aprons were functional garments that kept our uniforms stain-free. In hospitality, beauty and other related industries, your aprons are now the critical component of your uniform.
In this article, I will show you how to choose the perfect apron for your needs. I’ll also let you in on the one little secret that can save you money and make the logo on your uniforms pop like you wouldn’t believe.

G’day brand builders. Guy here from Payless Promotions – with another tip to strengthen your brand.

You own or manage a hospitality or beauty business and want new aprons for your uniforms. So how do you decide?

I have six checklist items you need to tick to ensure you have the best custom aprons for your needs, plus one bonus tip to make your logo zing!

I will use our website, PaylessPromotions.com.au, to show you these steps, but they apply to any uniform supplier and any good website.

Checklist Item 1 – Special Requirements

Beggars can’t be choosers, so let’s get a few things out of the way that will limit your options significantly.

If you want:

  • your aprons delivered super quickly
  • a particular brand, or
  • your aprons to be an unusual colour,

then specify this to your supplier, or enter it into their website filters.

This way, you can ensure you are only shopping for items that meet your requirements.

If you are on our website, these options are shown in the filters on the left-hand side.

Checklist Item 2 – Apron Length

Your first decision is what length apron you prefer. There is no hard and fast rule to guide you on this. These days this is often based as much on look as it is on functionality.

From a functionality point of view, consider what you are protecting your clothing from. For example, are you stopping the rest of your uniform from becoming wet or from unremovable stains?

Next, think about how much coverage you need. Are you protecting from spills that are just as likely to occur on your shirt as on your pants? Or do you just need something to wipe your hands clean?

From a fashion and branding perspective, consider what you are covering and how the different lengths available will work with the rest of your uniform.

If you have already invested heavily in shirts with your company logo, you may not want to cover them with a full-length apron.

Alternatively, if your apron is the only branded part of your uniform, you might consider something more significant. It may also be cheaper to use a full bib apron brandishing your logo than to pair a smaller apron with a shirt.

Checklist Item 3 – Fabric

You probably have more choices here than you realise. Do you want the comfort of cotton? The durability of polyester? Perhaps you prefer the more edgy look of denim or canvas? Or maybe you require the safety compliance of PVC?

We recommend not starting with a specific fabric in mind. Instead, consider your requirements and compare these to each material’s strengths and weaknesses.

Matching your needs to the ideal material can get a little complicated. Fabrics can be blended or treated in various ways to produce garments that look vastly different and even have different characteristics.

Cotton, denim, canvas and calico are all different materials, right? Well, they are all made from 100% cotton, but varying weaves and blends produce a massively different finished product.

Talk to your uniform supplier and let them know what characteristics you require from your apron. They will guide you on what material best suits your needs.


Checklist Item 4 – Style

Choosing a style of apron that coordinates with your brand is super important but is equally personal. What is a perfect fit for one venue might be a horror show for someone else.

To nail your styling, you need to take an all-encompassing view on what complements and strengthens your brand. If you have developed a brand profile or persona and a style guide, this will be a much simpler task.

The correctly chosen apron should coordinate with your décor, logo and brand image. It should also be well received by your ideal clients.

Considering these factors will go a long way in choosing the perfect style of apron to strengthen your brand.

Checklist Item 5 – Price

As with any purchase, price is a factor that will come into your decision-making. However, we encourage you to consider your overall uniform cost rather than just the value of your aprons alone.

Perhaps you can lessen your total uniform costs with a quality apron that can eliminate the need for other uniform garments or increase the lifespan of garments worn under your aprons.

Another factor is the desired potential lifespan of your aprons. If you change your styling each season, you don’t want to over-invest in aprons that will only be worn for six months.

Alternatively, if you are choosing a uniform for the long term, then durability needs to be taken into account. An apron that is 50% more expensive than another alternative but will last twice as long is a better investment in the long term.

Importantly, once you have set a budget, then stick to it. You don’t want to regret your decision in the coming months.

Checklist Item 6 – Branding

Consider your desired brand outcome throughout the process. Do you want something big and bold, or subtle and stylish?

Perhaps you will keep your branding on your shirts and have your aprons unbranded. If this is the case, you must ensure your logo is still visible when wearing your aprons.

Ideally, you can purchase your shirts and aprons together to ensure a well-coordinated and stylish overall look.

Bonus Tip

I mentioned earlier that I would let you in on a tip that can save you money AND make your logo zing.

This secret is … *Drumroll, please*

Aprons with changeable straps!

These are a great idea and enable you to change your look (more than you think) for a fraction of the price of replacing your entire aprons or uniforms.

Changeable straps are the perfect solution in one particular scenario.

They work best if you have an existing logo or uniforms that you think may be changed during the lifespan of the aprons you are purchasing.

If this is the case, we encourage you to use the apron straps as the element that best ties in with your logo or uniform garments that will be updated.

This way, when you move to a new logo or uniform, you can save a lot of money by keeping your existing aprons rather than needing to replace them.

Quick Recap

Uniforms are a crucial element in your branding so take it seriously. Clients will judge your brand on your uniforms. In hospitality and beauty, in particular, your aprons are the most visible element in your uniform.

Communicate your desired outcomes with your uniform supplier and work with them throughout the process to ensure you choose branded aprons that will impress your clients and strengthen your brand.