History of workwear
The uniforms (from the Latin uniformis) as workwear are sets of clothing standardized by the members of an organization while they belong and interact in it in order to differentiate themselves for various reasons.
Historically its origin dates back to the military to differentiate one army from the other. So the soldiers could know who was from their side and who was from the opposite. In sports the objective is the same. It serves to differentiate one team from the other both for the same players and for the spectators.
It’s funny but the “Playboy bunny” (not as workwear). Was the first service uniform registered in the United States with a patent under registration No. 762,884
They allow to homogenize diversity and identify hierarchies and subgroups within a homogeneous group. The uniforms serve to “standardize” a group and make all people appear the same under the same appearance. While differentiating them from other groups.
Working clothes mission
In the security forces, work uniforms also have the mission of distinguishing between hierarchies of authority. Being visual information for third parties outside the organization about what rank each individual has.
In addition, there are sectors such as hospitality or health, where work clothing is also established for reasons of hygiene or safety. This is the case of the use of other accessories to the work uniform such as hats, aprons, gloves …
In the case of sanitary clothing, as a workwear, the jackets or gowns convey confidence and security to the patients in addition to representing seriousness and professional authority.
Today, it is used in almost all business sectors, not only to be able to carry out day-to-day work, but it is also a social presentation.
When we see a professional, from any sector, wearing uniformed working clothes, he transmits several very important messages to bear in mind:
- Membership of the organization (seriousness and confidence in knowing that it is a recognized member).
- Values of the organization (colors, logo, custom design …).
- Type of service you can offer (depending on the job position).
- Your level of authority within the hierarchy of the company.
- Distinction as an employee from other people (clients).
The chef’s hat or toque blanche
Behind the work uniforms or work clothes there is an opportunity for advertising and developing the corporate image as part of the company’s marketing strategy.
The chef’s hat or Toque Blanche with its characteristic shape has an interesting story behind it as a workwear.
Its current form is the result of evolution over the centuries. It all started in Assyria (Mesopotamia), where it is said that cooks had to wear hats similar to their masters’ crowns in royal houses.
This recognition of the masters was a symbol of rewarding their most valuable and essential servants.
The sheets would symbolize the same bars as the crowns of their masters.
Although this theory has not been proven, other sources say that the skufia of the Orthodox monks (hat) influenced the design of the chef’s hat.
They say that during the fall of the Byzantine empire (end of the 6th century), fleeing from the barbarians of the north, artists and intellectuals sought refuge in the monasteries, some of them were cooks and worked in the kitchens of these monasteries, adopting the clothing of the priests, but choosing white instead of black.
It is documented that the famous chef of French origin Marie Antoine Carême (1783-1833) chef of Tsar Alexander I, the Rothschilds, Prince George IV of England, Napoleon I or the Prince of Talleyrand, was the one who began to call him as Touch Blanche.
And as a symbol of dignity he began to decorate it with golden flowers.
Carême was the one who ruled that the hats in the kitchen had to have different sizes; the highest only for chefs (higher authority) and thus distinguish them from the most novice cooks.
The Toque Blanche or chef’s hat originally had to have 100 bars. Which according to legend, in addition to representing the chef’s experience. It symbolizes the 100 different ways that a chef is supposed to know how to prepare an egg.
At present, its cylindrical shape allows better cooling of the head, it serves to avoid sweat on the forehead and the possible loss of hair when eating.
The length of the chef’s hat is related to his hierarchical position in the kitchen, the higher the greater the authority, and the white color of the hat represents neatness as well as being the color that least retains heat.
Interesting history, right?
The overalls, a classic with history
A jumpsuit, or diver is a garment that covers the legs, chest and arms, usually using a zip closure. Its main characteristic is that it is a pants and jacket all together in one piece, covering almost the entire body and closing at the neck.
The closure that goes from the waist to the neck can be in addition to a zipper, buttons, velcro or even clasps. Their composition was traditionally 100% cotton, but the most common now is that they are mixed with polyester, and there are even disposable PVC overalls.
In English “boilersuits” are so called because they were used for the first time by the workers of the coal boilers related to the steam locomotives.
A one-piece suit was very useful in preventing soot from entering the waist when they had to be cleaned. In addition, since they were narrow spaces to work, this garment avoided snagging with pants or with the jacket inside the boilers.
Throughout history, overalls and their variants in workwear have been used for various reasons, for example in World War II pilots wore cotton overalls but with a flame-resistant aramid material that was developed at the beginning of the years. 60.
Not only as work clothes, there is a tradition in Nordic countries such as Sweden or Finland, where students celebrate a party dressed in overalls, the color depends on the university and the career they study.
Also, for horror movie fans, monkeys have been used by “bad guys” like on Halloween or Friday the 13th. In the 70s, the singer of The Who was seen wearing a white jumpsuit. Posing in photos for publicity and during his performances.
More curious still, the Church of Scientology, punishes members of the Organization of the Sea (Sea Org). Has brought black monkeys to members who do not meet their expectations in their so-called “rehabilitation program.”
In 1919, the Italian designer Thayaht began designing his most famous work, “la Tuta”. Which he called “the most innovative, futuristic garment ever produced in the history of Italian fashion”.
It was an early example of what are now known as jumpsuits or jumpsuits. Destined to revolutionize fashion and create a modern and especially Italian style.
With the help of his brother the artist RAM (Ruggero Alfredo Michahelles) launched the new design in 1920. The newspaper La Nazione published The pattern.
At present, it is a classic of workwear along with the bib and we can find it in sectors such as industrial, construction and reforms, gardening, workshops …
Protection and clothing with covid-19
Since the covid came into our lives, both in daily life and at work. We have had to change our habits and customs to protect ourselves against the coronavirus.
We are getting used, when we arrive at an office or premises. That the workers listen to us through a methacrylate screen.
In pharmacies or shops, you usually see a line on the ground that we should not pass treated. And the shop assistants serve us with a mask and / or face shield.
In supermarkets we see that they have reduced capacity. The cashiers are behind a transparent screen and with a mask.
In gym, apart from reducing capacity. We see that it is mandatory to wear a mask both for sports and in changing rooms and facilities.
The most basic and effective rules are to wash your hands well. Failing that, to use hydroalcoholic gel, to use the mask at all times. And, of course, to keep a safe interpersonal distance.
In almost all stores and shops we see that there is a reduced capacity. Hydroalcoholic gel for the public to use at the entrance and exit. In addition, in many places they keep doors and windows open to ventilate more quickly even in winter.
Personally, when we go down the street it is enough to wear a mask. And of course keep our distance from other people.
At work, depending on the sector in which we work. In addition to the appropriate work uniform, we must increase protection depending on the degree of exposure we have.
For example, in the health sector. The degree of protection will depend on whether you work with covid-19 or infectious patients. Or if you are with other patients.
If you work with infectious patients or with covid-19, health workers must wear equipment workwear that covers them from head to toe, ffp2 mask, face shield, full-frame glasses and of course hats. The use of disposable overalls, gloves, sleeves and booties on the feet is also mandatory to take extreme precautions.