Versatility for All Kinds of Weather 

High-visibility apparel must perform in a range of environments. Each profession that uses high-visibility workwear has its distinct requirements. Consider, for example, construction, where workers must be prepared for weather conditions throughout the year. Beyond a standard fluorescent and/or reflective T-shirt for summer, workers need sweatshirts for winter, along with a windbreaker or jacket when temperatures drop. In addition, there are accessories; winter workers need thermal gloves and warm beanies, both of which can be made of high-visibility and/or reflective materials. 

The climate of a work environment matters too. Raincoats and ponchos are perfect for rainy seasons in the upper northwest or the monsoon season in Arizona. Forestry workers and ski patrols can use high-visibility parkas during the depth of winter in snowy regions. 

Truly, there is a high-vis garment for every situation, just as there is with other uniform apparel. Caps, beanies, hard hats, gloves, coats, pants and more are available for an extended year-round program of uniforms. 



RAGLAN SLEEVE STYLES are a common sight these days; take a look at Armani’s present collection of men’s suit jackets and Bibhu Mohapatra’s gorgeous coffee-hued raglan-inspired dress. The raglan sleeve has been most notably visible thanks to the enduring popularity of baseball tees, which are a prime example of the sporty color blocking trend that’s still contagious in the high fashion and ready-to-wear arenas. 

“I love this style because it’s classic and almost timeless,” says Michael Ardelean, director of merchandising for Alternative Apparel, about the raglan baseball tee. He comments on the historical aspect of raglan designs: “These baseball tees signify sportswear heritage, as raglan sleeves were initially developed for the athletic functionality and range of movement that they allow. It’s nice to see this vintage athletic look being appreciated by the mainstream.” 


Light Jackets Are Ready for Action

THE CHALLENGE OF offering users all the weather protection they require while maintaining style and wear ability has clearly kept jacket suppliers busy. Thankfully, the results make for a brace of attractive outerwear that refuses to yield to rain, wind or the limits of imagination. 

Warmth, dryness and style aren’t the only qualities these jackets embody, either. These are pieces built for active, dynamic individuals – exactly those people who make the most inspiring ambassadors for your company’s brand. 

Chock full of features that keep the wearer comfortable, yet ready for action, these jackets are prime examples of how the industry combines consumer desires with advertiser demands. 


Wrinkle Free, Worry Free 

Stay sharp and feel great. Those goals are at the heart of reinventing the classic woven. How a garment appears throughout the day as the wearer moves about matters when a professional appearance is para- mount. So, too, is a shirt for an employee who is traveling or on the go. And as with most any garment in today’s marketplace, the addition of performance qualities is what sets one shirt apart from another. 

Trimark Sportwear Group, for example, imbues its wovens with Caretech for a wrinkle-resistant finish. “It is a blend of natural and man-made yarns,” says Nadia Vetere, digital market- ing coordinator at Trimark, “resulting in fabrics that have easy-care properties, such as prolonged durability and wash and wear. This apparel technology features wrinkle- free capability and a special finish used on blended fabrics that resists a wrinkled appearance after washing many times.” 

The Devon & Jones Crown Woven Collection has what Andrea L. Routzahn of alphabroder calls “total garment non-iron performance.” “The fabric is specially engineered to release wrinkles in the dryer,” she says. “As well, all seams, plackets and cuffs are also engineered for pucker-free performance.” The Crown Woven styles also have stain-release capabilities, making them a good choice for settings such as a restaurant where spills are most likely to occur. 



Tradition Takes a Hike 

The color selection of classic woven shirts is typically traditional – bright white, off-white, navy, red and black. Not this year. Suppliers are introducing collections of colors that are fashionable and soft. They fit perfectly in with Pantone’s Spring 2015 color picks, which Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman describes as “a move toward the cooler, softer side of the spectrum.”

The colors introduced into newest line of wovens from Blue Generation are an apt example. They both feature a softer side of color as well as a textured appearance with the company’s Heathered Crossweave shirts. They’re available in five fashion colors. Ladies can select from Plum, Rose, Charcoal, Light Blue and French Blue; men’s shades coordinate with all colors except for Rose. Each is woven with subtle two-tone threads to create a sophisticated depth of color.

A decorative weave of the shirt itself is another way to showcase color and style. For example, the Glen Plaid from Devon & Jones Men’s Crown Collection comes woven with a combination of thread colors, such as white and graphite to create a soft look of a gray plaid. Alphabroder has developed seven unique fabrications in an expanded array of solids and classic shirting yarn-dyed patterns for nearly unlimited options for out- fitting and uniform programs.