What is a blouse?

How to Find the Best Work Blouses

Blouses are a staple in many wardrobes. But for those who aren’t familiar with this style, you might be wondering exactly what makes a blouse different than a standard shirt. In this post, we’ll detail exactly what a blouse is, explain where it’s most often worn and provide tips for finding a blouse that fits just right.

Blouses 101

A blouse is a type of ladies’ shirt that is considered to have a slightly dressier look than most tops. It’s similar to a dress shirt for men, but it doesn’t always have a button-up style. Blouses often have a rounded hem, allowing them to be worn tucked in or left untucked depending on your preferred style.

There are a huge variety of shirt silhouettes and styles that can be classified as blouses. However, most dressy or professional-looking tops for women are considered to be blouses.


Blouses at Work

One of the most common applications for blouses is workwear. Many women in professional offices wear blouses to work on a daily basis. Blouses are a great choice for professional clothing because they have a more formal appearance while still being comfortable and versatile.

In addition, they are a popular choice for work settings where workers need to wear uniforms, such as restaurants, hotels and other service industry jobs. These blouses provide a professional and consistent look for female employees and can be easily matched with uniform dress shirts that the male employees may be required to wear. Because they have so many style options, you can also choose a uniform blouse with fashionable accents that leaves a good impression and has some personality (such as this Ruffle Pleat Blouse).

Blouse Sizing and Fit

Blouse sizes may come in standard sizes (small, medium, large, etc.) or in numbered sizes (0, 2, 4, 6, etc.). In both cases, it’s important to check the size chart for bust, waist and hip measurements to find the proper fit. The shirt should not feel too tight across the shoulders or bust when trying it on.

Most blouses are either flowy or fitted in style. While a flowy top is most common for dressy occasions outside of the office, a fitted blouse tends to be the best pick for professional settings.

Sleeve length is another consideration when choosing a blouse. These ladies’ tops can feature full-length sleeve, ¾-length sleeve, short-sleeve or sleeveless styles.

Tips for Buying Blouses

Ready to buy some blouses of your own? It’s important to pay attention to the details when shopping for these women’s tops. Here are some of the features to consider when buying blouses for work or for dressy outfits:

  • Material: A soft, slight stretchy material such as a cotton/polyester blend can provide the best comfort level when wearing a blouse.
  • Maintenance: Does the blouse need to be dry cleaned or can you wash it at home? Dry clean only shirts can be much more expensive in the long run. If possible, choose a wrinkle-free blouse that does not require ironing.
  • Neckline: If you’re looking for blouses to wear at work, it’s best to choose something with a slightly higher neckline to maintain a professional appearance.

Use this guide to make sure you get the best blouses for your needs and your personal style. For an extra sharp, professional look and a must-have branding opportunity, trust Sharper Uniforms with custom logo blouses. We can customize your uniform blouses with embroidery, screen printing or heat seal transfer to fit your workplace and brand.

What is the difference between a cardigan and a sweater

If your workplace can get a bit chilly or you just want to add another layer of style and personality to your school uniform, a sweater can do the trick – but a cardigan could too. That might have you wondering what’s the difference between a cardigan and sweater. Find out here from the uniform apparel experts at Sharper Uniforms.

Definition of a Sweater

A sweater is the catch-all term for any type of knitted top. While some sweaters may be oversized, others can be lightweight. Sweaters are common components in many uniforms, as they provide warmth and added style while keeping with the brand image.

Sweaters are further categorized by different types with the various kinds known for specific styling and design elements. Here’s where the cardigan comes in, but let’s start with a quick overview of different sweater types:

  • Pullover sweater: Type of sweater that must be pulled over your head to be put on and worn such as this ladies’ cotton cable sweater.
  • Crewneck sweater: Pullover with a rounded neckline that’s close to the neck with typically enough room for the top of a button-down collar to be seen.
  • V-neck sweater: Pullover with a V-shaped neck like this cotton V neckline sweater. It provides a professional look, particularly under a sporty jacket.
  • Sweater vest: Sleeveless pullover or zippered sweater vest that typically has a V-style neckline. This type of sweater looks sharp while giving more layering options.
  • Cardigan: Unlike pullovers, cardigans have an open front and can be put on the same way you would put on a jacket.

Sweaters vs. Cardigans

Cardigans are sweaters that open in the front, yet many of them have some type of closure so you can take full advantage of the warmth and style they provide. Buttons are one of the most common closure types for cardigans, as in this classic V-neck cardigan often seen in school apparel. You can also find zippers, snaps, eyehooks or other types of fasteners. Still other cardigans may have no closures in the front because they are designed to be left hanging open.

A cardigan with some type of closure tends to provide the most professional look, giving you a neat and put-together appearance much like a standard sweater while also offering the ability to leave the cardigan open or partially closed. On the other hand, most styles of sweaters don’t open fully in front, though some have a partial opening at the collar like this unisex contrasting collar quarter-zip sweater.

When considering the differences between a cardigan and a sweater for your uniform, the deciding factors should be based in your needs.

Benefits of a Cardigan Sweater

One of the reasons cardigans are among the most popular sweaters for uniforms is the ease with which they can be taken on and off. Rather than pulling them on or off over your head, you can slip into them. This is particularly useful if you work an environment that has temperature changes, as you can quickly and add or remove a cardigan without hassle. They also offer versatility in closure options. Classic cardigans come with traditionally professional buttons while zipper cardigans generally provide a sportier appearance.

Benefits of Sweaters

Sweaters maintain a professional and kempt appearance without requiring different parts, such as buttons or zippers. They also provide a greater range of neckline options from Y-neck to V-neck to a crewneck sweater, so the impression it gives can vary to suit more brand styles.

Start at Sharper Uniforms

Now that you’re clear on the difference between a cardigan and a sweater, all you need to do is choose the style and features that work best for you. Browse through the selection of sweater styles at Sharper Uniforms and add your logo with high-quality embroidery, screen printing or heat seal transfer.

Ladies Short Sleeve Summer Blouses for Front Desk

Cool the Summer Down! Ladies’ Short-Sleeve Blouses for Front Desk Staff

The Best Women’s Short-Sleeve Uniform Shirts

The summertime can be a tricky season for outfitting your staff. Traditional long-sleeve office shirts can be overbearing in the heat, leading to workers that feel exhausted or worn down long before their shift is over. However, many short-sleeved shirts are simply too casual for your business. You want staff to look professional because that’s the kind of company you are. Finding the balance between function and fashion is a big part of making that good first impression for customers and visitors.

Enter women’s short-sleeve front desk blouses from Sharper Uniforms. These formal shirt-sleeve shirts have a high-end sophisticated appearance for welcoming people at hotels, medical offices, conference centers, corporate headquarters and many other establishments. But they also help staff stay cool no matter what the demands of the day will be.

Traditional or Modern Women’s Shirts

We have an assortment of short-sleeve blouses for women that are stylish, comfortable and appropriate for staff that’s interacting with customers. Our Front Desk Open Neck Short-Sleeve Blouse was designed specifically for receptionists and concierges. It’s based on a traditional dress shirt – just one with shorter sleeves. Features such as the rounded collar, notched sleeves and open neck make it a flattering top that is also polished.

Want something that befits the modern woman? Consider shirts such as the Hotel Scoop Neck Cap Sleeve Blouse. This eye-catching shirt has a high-end vibe for front desk workers that want to be sophisticated and classy. Even if it’s 95 degrees outside, ladies will feel cool thanks to the 95% polyester construction that provides excellent breathability. The shirt is light, comfortable, flattering and durable for season after season.

Front Desk Blouses that Pop

When the heat arrives, your staff will be ready thanks to summer ladies’ short-sleeve blouses from Sharper Uniforms. Some of the other styles we offer include twill front desk shirts, V-neck hotel blouses, performance valet shirts and short-sleeve ladies’ Oxfords.

What’s more, these blouses maintain their high-end look throughout a shift. They’re made of lightweight materials such as polyester and cotton that are breathable, flexible and colorfast. Front desk staff who are constantly on the move or going outside in the blazing sun will love moisture-wicking women’s blouses that quickly dry out from sweat (or a sudden rain shower). When the weather turns cool, you can layer them with jackets or sweaters to keep a hint of summertime going strong.

Custom Short-Sleeve Uniform Blouses

Sharper Uniforms adds even more to summertime uniform blouses with our White Glove Logo Decoration Services. Send us your logo – or tell us where to find it online – and we’ll add it to a blouse using embroidery, screen printing or heat seal transfer. This helps customers identify front desk staff and emblazons your brand in their mind. It’s one of the many ways that we help hospitality and office staff look cool no matter how hot is. We’re always adding new uniforms to our catalog, so keep your eyes open for ladies’ front desk summer blouses that make every June, July and August the best months to work!

Restaurant, Clubhouse and Hotel Uniform Buying Tips and Tricks

Clubhouse Uniforms & Industry Insights
The Club Business Expo, also known as the CMAA World Conference, is an annual event run by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) and is an assembly of some of the world’s finest country clubs, membership clubs, and other hospitality organizations. The trade show is one of the largest within the industry, thanks largely to the great opportunity it holds for General Managers and their teams. This event allows them to brush shoulders with industry giants, connect with peers, and discuss the trends and insights that they have experienced over the past year.

The event is also a chance for GMs or Presidents to come face to face with their vendors- and many of them choose Sharper Uniforms for their vendor needs. At the 2019 CMAA Business Expo, Averill was invited to speak on the uniform buying industry and shared his best practices and tips for those new or unfamiliar with the business.

sharper uniforms - ladies hotel woven v-neck blouse in blue

Customizations: Embroidery, Heat Seal and More
Our partners choose Sharper Uniforms as their supplier for our available range of products, our personable customer service, and the scope of customizations we provide on nearly every item in our catalog. In this video, Averill discusses the behind-the-scenes details of the different customization processes and shares live examples of each.
At Sharper Uniforms, we’re proud to offer a variety of different customizations, including embroidery, screen printing, and heat seal transfers. As Averill explains, each of these personalization options have their unique best practices and specific uses. Embroidery is bold and draws the eye immediately, but higher thread counts will directly influence costs. Heat Seals are similar to high-performance stickers and have been a convenient replacement of tags on garments. Heat Seals can be extremely reflective, making them excellent choices for reflective outerwear, like outdoor valet jackets.

sharper uniforms - heat seal transfer customization example

Sample Your Fabrics and Colors
One of the most common mistakes when it comes to uniform purchasing is sampling the fabric under bright, fluorescent lights. GMs or other purchasing managers will view products online or get samples in their office and see one color, only to be dismayed that the colors will change dramatically under the dimmer lights of the dining area or under the brighter sun in the patio. It’s paramount to have your fabric samples in your actual venue, as the lighting will heavily influence the perceived colors of your uniforms.

Men’s Premier Machine Washable Suits

Men’s Premier Machine Washable Suits
One of the paramount cornerstones of any successful hospitality business is appearance. mens hotel single bread suit A lot of weight can be given to first impressions, so the way your staff and employees present themselves to members and guests is one of the most important concerns for General Managers and their teams. For men, few things deliver the professional and formal look better than a proper suit. These suits must be at the top of their game day in and day out, but the costs of maintaining them can be astronomical- especially for a hotel, country club or restaurant.

mens machine washable suit in black

Sharper Uniforms delivers the perfect solution: machine washable suits. These stylish suits provide the same fashionable finish with the added durability and convenience of being washable at in-house washers and dryers. Explore the perfect marriage between presentation and convenience with the three levels of available suits at Sharper Uniforms today!

Light Weight Suiting Collections
The summer months are an especially demanding time for your hotel or restaurant staff. The members, guests and temperatures are all increasing so it’s important to make sure that your team is equipped with the best possible tools. Sharper Uniforms offers high-quality uniforms that maintain their professional finish through the long and hot service hours to help keep your staff looking sharp so they can focus on the tasks at hand. These light weight suits have been designed with lightweight materials to provide breathability and mobility without making any sacrifices to their fashionable aesthetics.

Without a doubt, these premier machine washable suits are a welcome addition to your staff’s wardrobe. The unique design adds comfort that lasts through the long hours while its material lends additional durability that is necessary for future washes. If you’re looking for a new line of suits to enhance your team’s image, then look no further than these washable suits. And if these benefits weren’t enough, the savings from fewer dry cleaning trips will help improve your bottom line.

Custom Embroidery
Like most of the items that are available at Sharper Uniforms, these machine washable suits have been tailored to deliver the highest degree of quality and can be personalized with your custom business logo. Choose from our available customization options, which includes specialized embroidery, screen printing, and heat seal transfers.

Choices for Unisex Waitstaff Polo Shirts | Polomania

Sharper Uniforms Has Your Polomania Needs Covered
Spring and summer are a prime time for businesses to make changes, especially in the food service and hospitality industries. It’s a good time for a restaurant to alter the menu and freshen up the decor, and it’s also a perfect timing for managers to do themselves and their waitstaff a favor by updating their work shirts with new polos from Sharper Uniforms.

Visit a high-end department store and you might find men’s polo shirts and women’s polo shirts made by designer Peter Millar. Made from around 90% polyester and around 10% spandex, this polo collection is super comfortable and has great stretch, so it’s easy to move around. The only problem is that big price tag — they could be $100 or more.

At Sharper Uniforms, we offer polos with the same fabric content and stylish appearance, only at a much lower price. The shirts are comfortable, so they are ideal for a range of professional environments in which workers need to look good but be able to move around freely. Here are a few features:
Couple wearing fitted classic polos
Three-quarter-sleeve and half-sleeve men’s polo shirts and women’s polo shirts are especially good for waitstaff. The sleeves won’t get wet when they wash their hands and won’t get dirty when they’re handling food or cleaning up. And of course, they won’t be as hot as long sleeves. Getting hot and stressed while rolling sleeves up over and over again because they keep falling back down is frustrating, especially in a fast-paced work environment.

Staying Dry
Busy workers can work up a sweat in the summertime, even indoors. Our polyester-spandex blend fabric is ideal for moisture wicking. Unlike cotton, this fabric absorbs very little moisture. Instead, it carries, or wicks, the moisture to the outer surface of the shirt. There, it spreads out and evaporates. Meanwhile, the shirts dry quickly so workers are not weighed down with a heavy, sweaty shirt. The shirt allows air in and the sweat out, so skin feels dry. Your staff will be thankful.

Waitstaff polo shirts that are consistent in color and style will give your staff a professional look. The shirts can also be customized by adding the company logo, an investment worth making to enhance your branding efforts.

Snag Protection
Managers and workers all want the staff to look sharp, and not much is sloppier than a shirt or any article of clothing with frayed or loose threads. That’s why the fabrics in our polos are specially engineered to be resistant to snags.
Navy Blue Fitted Short Sleeve Polo
Other Polos
At Sharper Uniforms, we have a wide selection of other men’s polo shirts and women’s polo shirts that come in a variety of colors and fabrics. For those who prefer cotton to our polyester favorites, we have 100% cotton and cotton/polyester blends.

Much of our polo collection is also laundry friendly, fade resistant and treated with an anti-microbial fabric shield to combat odor. Options are available for sleeves, side vents, buttons and snaps, UV protection and tagless collars. Choose from fitted and boxy cuts and eight different sizes to get the perfect style for your workplace.

Depending on how casual the restaurant or other business is, our polos can be paired with jeans, shorts, khakis and even dressier slacks. The staff will appreciate the comfort these shirts provide and how good they look. Better yet, the bottom line will look good too.

Fine Dining Apparel & Warm Outerwear In Spring 2019

Sharper Uniforms Has You Covered for the Lion or the Lamb
The seasons are changing rapidly, so be sure that you and your team are prepared with the latest trends and comfortable apparel from Sharper Uniforms. No matter what the weather turns to, be it the lamb or the lion, Sharper Uniforms has fashionable fine-dining apparel and warm, durable outerwear so your team will look as good as they feel.

Fine Dining Apparelblack and white striped non-iron blouse
The Spring season is packed with events and functions for clubs and restaurants alike. To create a true fine-dining experience, it’s paramount that your team reflects the class and dignity of the ambiance. Set the perfect stage with these fitted Ladies Non-Iron Blouses, and you’ll create an experience that your guests will never forget. These blouses have been uniquely designed to provide that professional “je ne sais quoi” without the usual hassles of collared shirts. The 50-singles yarn has been specially treated to provide lasting comfort through the long functions, and the non-iron finish makes these blouses ready-to-go straight out of the locker room.

Take advantage of our customizations to further enhance these blouses with your unique logo and branding. Sharper Uniforms offers a full line of detailing, which includes embroidery, screen printing and heat seal transfers.

Blue Mens Valet Rain Jacket from Sharper UniformsComfortable and Durable Outerwear

Don’t have disillusions about the spring weather- especially in New England! The weather’s temperament is subject to change at a moment’s notice so take the proper precautions so that you’re not underprepared. Sharper Uniforms is here to help with a full selection of hospitality outerwear that includes windbreakers, winter jackets and waterproof jackets.

The Men’s Reflective Rain Jacket is the perfect marriage between comfort and protection. It’s seam-sealed design creates a reflective, waterproof shield that’s guaranteed to keep you dry and protected while its lightweight material maximizes comfort over long hours. Keep your team happy through the spring showers with these latest additions in the Sharper Uniforms offering!

Join Sharper Uniforms at the 2019 CMAA Club Business Expo

CMAA 2019 Club Business Expo
Don’t sacrifice your budget to outfit your restaurant and clubhouse staff with the latest uniform or attire styles! Visit Averill and the Sharper Uniforms team at the CMAA Club Business Expo on February 26th and 27th at the Nashville Music City Center at Booth #602 and learn how we’ve supported country clubs of all sizes with their uniform and hospitality attire programs!mens white steward jacket from sharper uniforms

Our selection of uniforms covers a variety of different industries and can be uniquely branded with customized embroidery, screen printing, or heat seal transfers. We look forward to meeting you and helping you and your club! Please ask us about our show specials!

See you at the show!
The CMAA Club Business Expo is one of the largest events of its kind in America. The General Managers, CEOs, and management teams of some of the world’s most prestigious clubs are among the attendees. Hundreds of other vendors and industry authorities will also be in attendance.

mens black steward jacketAverill and the Sharper Uniforms Team are eager to meet and speak with all of you. We have supported local and national clubs of all sizes and types for years- whether they are yacht clubs,

restaurants, country clubs, or golf facilities. If you can’t visit us at the booth, then join us at the stage at the ClubHouse Live Stage, where Averill Bromfield, owner of Averill’s Sharper Uniforms, will be delivering his speech.

His anticipated talking points will be centered on a continuation from his speech last year, where he shared insights and best practices for sourcing the most functional and aesthetic uniforms and attire for clubs that won’t break the budget. As always, seeing is believing so we will have materials on hand to demonstrate the value of our comfortable, stylish, yet very durable uniforms.

The event is the perfect place to network with fellow colleagues and professionals with many vendors to offer their guidance and expertise. We hope to see you among the crowd!

Children’s Chef Uniforms as the Perfect Culinary Gift

The Perfect Gift for Your Aspiring Chef
When it comes to cooking with your kids, the expression, “Too many cooks”, kids one size fits all white chef hatjust doesn’t seem to fit. Rather than sending them out of the kitchen, encourage and nurture the love of food and cooking within your children with these timeless Kid’s Chef Uniforms from Sharper Uniforms. Children and parents alike will fall in love with the customizable children’s’ chef apparel.

Our catalog covers all the necessities of a world-class chef, so you or your junior culinary artist will be able to find something to love. Like most of our selections at Sharper Uniforms, these pint-sized uniforms are also available for customization and personalization with embroidery, screen printing, and heat seal transfers.

Kids’ Chef Coat and Chef’s Hat
When it comes to the Chef’s attire, no accessories are as timeless as the Chef Coat and the Chef Hat. These two items go hand in hand when it comes to “fine dining” and it is no surprise that they have become fast favorites for parents and children alike.

kids white chef jacket and coatThe Chef Jacket is a near perfect replica of our adult counterparts, and they feature the same expert tailoring in the adult counterparts, which uses 100% cotton. Our selection of jackets feature most sizes, from XS (size 2-3) to XL (sizes 11-12) so your chef-in-training will find the perfect fit. The iconic symbol of the jacket in tandem with the comforting, soft feel of the jacket’s texture will inspire your tiny chef to reach new heights in the culinary world.


The Chef’s Hat is the chef’s most recognized accessory. As professional and amateur chefs can attest, the hat alone provides inspiration and legitimacy. Support your burgeoning chef’s passion with this 100% cotton constructed hat that completes the professional cook’s ensemble. These hats are one size fits most, and maintains the traditional shape in a variety of different colors, such as the classic white and more fun varieties like lemons, donuts, and veggies! Browse our selection and see which one captures the spirit of your tiny tot chef the best!


Look Good, Feel Good, and Cook Good Food!

Putting on the entire chef’s attire is just as comforting and rewarding as putting on your lucky shirt or your favorite suit. Looking the part projects an aura of authenticity and is, as many say, half the battle. Help your tiny sous chef achieve this with our line of fully customizable children’s chef uniforms and you will be rewarded with many meal preps filled with love and great food.

New Collections of Team Sportswear, Uniforms, and Apparel

The road to the championship starts at home. Dressing like a champion makes you feel like a champion, elevating your game both on and off the field. If you’re in the market for new kits or jerseys for both home and away games, then look no further than the latest addition to the Sharper Uniforms collection, which offers Youth Sports Teamwear and Apparel. These high-quality uniforms and jackets provide the durability, the comfort, and the style of a future champion. Our latest collections include athletic kits for soccer, softball and basketball and we comfortable outerwear with Varsity Jackets.

Men's Geo Print Soccer Jersey in BlackUniforms Unique to Your Team
Every team deserves to have their own unique spirit and colors brought into the limelight, and Sharper Uniforms is here to help. We offer our kits in a variety of today’s trending styles and colors so that every team can find something that suits them. Only the best materials were used in creating these kits, and the 100% polyester wicking knit material will keep you cool and performing at your highest level all game long.

Of course, no jersey can be thought to be complete without your custom logo or team’s personalization. Sharper Uniforms is proud to say that we offer our full range of customization on these uniforms, with embroidery, screen printing, and heat seal transfers. The full scope of customizations can accommodate most requests.

Soccer Uniform Solutions
Although it was once overshadowed by more popular pastimes and sports like Baseball, Football, and Basketball, Soccer has garnered significant popularity in the last decade, which has largely been spearheaded by the rise in the MLS pro scene. With this spike in public interest and its growing popularity, keeping your home and away kits updated with the latest styles and colors can be paramount to its success. Your future champions deserve to be kitted in uniforms that reflect their hard work and their passion. Browse our unique catalog and its wide array of different colors and styles to find one that best matches your team dynamic.

Varsity Jackets for Comfort and Style
The ultimate accessory for any athlete can be held Men's Red and White Letterman Varsity Jacketwithin the Varsity Jacket, which is also called the Letter Jacket. Although it was once appraised as a status-symbol among the athletic elite, these Letterman or Varsity Jackets now provide everyday comfort and style to anybody who wants to showcase their team or school pride.

The jackets are available in Melton Wool, which provides high-quality comfort and surprising durability. The Letterman has vinyl sleeves and two front pockets and features an additional quilted lining for added warmth. Sizes are available for athletes in a variety of different sizes, from S to 3XL.