Wednesday, July 13, 2011
whatever happened to uniforms anyway?
A number of years ago, it's hard to say exactly when, maybe 5 - let's be honest, it's more like 10 years ago - restaurants decided that the whole white shirt, tie, black pants, white bistro apron thing was over. The entire industry recoiled from those 'stuffy' tie wearing waiters of yesteryear and embrace a new exciting 'all black' vibe that they felt was more chic, cool and relaxed. White button ups gave way to black button ups, even allowing some female staff to wear a 3/4 sleeve - how daring!
It worked, people felt they were dining in trendier places when they saw servers in stealthy black. Ninja waiters everywhere! Service staff themselves liked the new rules, less bleaching of dirty cuffs (black hides so many imperfections), less embarrassing red wine stains that are impossible to disguise.
Fast forward: here we are, it's 2011 and nearly every restaurant in Stratford is populated by black clad wait staff, but like the goth memories of your high-school years, they're faded.
Crisp black dress pants have given way to ever shorter skirts, skinny jeans, and yoga pants! Shirts range from black, to grey and every faded shade in between. White tank-tops and technicolour bras peek out from under black t-shirts and open back tank-tops giving young service staff that 'well-put-together' look (please, generously slather sarcasm on that last statement). Shirts are buttoned lower (on both men and women) exposing cleavage and chest hair (though thankfully not in that order).
I for one would like to see some professionalism from the service staff in this supposed 'culinary destination'. Tuck in a little. Hem your pants maybe? Use Woolite Zero if you have to, keep those blacks looking as sharp as the day you bought them!
Basically, try to avoid going to work looking like it's laundry day and you didn't have anything else to wear! I for one would like to be taken seriously in this business, it's hard to command any kind of respect when you look like you don't even own an iron, let alone know how to use one.