The standard restaurant uniform—from crisp cotton shirts to polyester polos, toques to visors, and black or baggy pants—has undergone a makeover, as more concepts bake fashion into their brand identities. Whether to make the job more appealing or extend personality to the guest, one common thread is allowing workers’ individuality to show through in what they wear.
Aprons have transcended fine dining, finding a home in the most casual and trendy of concepts (like Dickey’s Barbecue Pit). Bright colors and denim are popular. And as more places add tech, there’s a greater need for tablet- and reader-friendly pockets.