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Custom Ink’s Uniform Guide

Posted By Kate Degen

When you think of custom t-shirts you might think of family reunions, sports teams, and charity events. But did you know custom tees and apparel are also great for company uniforms? There’s so many ways to use custom apparel to elevate your business or organization. Whether it’s putting your logo on the perfect shirt or using our Design Lab to come up with a top notch aesthetic for your company. Below is our uniform guide and our favorite products for the job.

Start with a t-shirt

So many businesses stick to a casual vibe nowadays, which makes a t-shirt a great place to start for your uniforms. We have plenty of business customers order tees for their cashiers, baristas, waitstaff, volunteers, and more. If you have an existing logo, use our lab to upload it onto different t-shirts to see how it looks. If your logo is bright or compex, go with a simple white, gray, or black tee to really let it shine. Or if your logo is simple but you have a fun company color, we have shirts in so many hues that you’re sure to find one that works for you. We love how Aperture Coffee used Custom Ink tees to make their brand stand out. They even modified their logo in our lab to make the whole look more subtle. Our pick for a tee? The American Apparel Jersey T-shirt, it’s an affordable option that doesn’t skimp on quality. Its lightweight, premium fabric makes it one of our best sellers.

Customize something even customers want to wear

If your customers love your business, we have a good feeling they’d love some of your gear, too. Who doesn’t want to rep their favorite breakfast spot or gym? You can keep it simple by putting your logo on a trendy and irresistible tee, or you can go with a style that’s catchy. A great example is Prairie State Winery and their Peace, Love, Wine tees for their staff. What wine aficionado wouldn’t want to scoop one of these up? Another great tee option is the Bella + Canvas Tri-Blend T-shirt. It’s silky soft and feels so luxurious. It also comes in men’s and women’s styles and tons of sizes to fit anyone who wants to buy one.

Go for colorful and eye catching

Subtle and monochromatic tees definitely have a place, but we love a tee that stands out with bold colors. Check out Raisin’ Roots Farm’s shirts that let their logo do all the talking. The bright blue, green, and red design really pops on a white tee. Upload your logo to our lab, you can edit its colors to find a combo that works well for your group.
 
 
 

Elevate your uniforms with polos and embroidery

Want a more polished look? No problem! Polos are perfect for businesses or professional events. Whether you want to give your front desk staff a style they love or want a more united front for your landscaping team, a polo makes it look effortless. Just look at how Noah’s Ark Companion Animal Hospital created polos for their staff. They even choose a silk-like fabric that pet hair sticks to less! The Cutter & Buck Advantage Charged Cotton Polo is a favorite this season. It’s durable and it comes with UV sun protection–talk about high end! It’s a perfect choice if your staff works outdoors.

Change it up with hats

Hats might not be on all uniform dress codes, but we think they’re a great addition to your wardrobe. A hat is the perfect accessory for your logo–when your employees wear it out, it’s a walking billboard for your brand. Check out how great TINT looks in their company hats. A great option for your uniforms is the Bayside Sandwich Bill USA Hat. We love that it’s made in the USA, is unstructured, adjustable, and perfect for your whole team.

Cook something up in aprons

Work in the food industry? Customize aprons for your employees or staff! It’s a small way to go the extra mile when it comes to your look. Look how good this kitchen staff looks in their personalized aprons—and we could see this style looking just as great in your restaurant. They’d also be great for cooking schools, baking classes, or even painting workshops. The Stain Release Full Length Apron fights wrinkles and stains–does it get more perfect than that? The adjustable neck strap will make sure everyone is comfy and the pockets are perfect for storing your kitchen tools.

Layer with vests and hoodies

Vests and hoodies are coveted swag items for employees (trust us, we love them too when the office gets chilly). It’s always nice to give something back to your workers, especially when it’s so versatile. Wolcott Vet personalized zip ups and vests with their logo on the chest. These items work for all industries, but vests are particularly popular in finance and law, and zip ups are perfect for tech or creative fields. To complement our Bayside hat, check out the Bayside Heavyweight USA Pullover Hoodie. It’s perfect for any weather and like its counterpart, is made in the USA. Something your employees will love in the chillier months is the Charles River Sweater Fleece Vest. It’s one of our favorite business apparel picks and everyone will adore the trendy sweater fleece.

Scrub in

Did you know you can create custom scrubs at Custom Ink? Because you can! We offer a range of scrub options for your medical staff. This team at the Santa Rosa Junior College Dental Hygiene program is killing it in their scrubs & zip up combo. We have brands you depend on and love, like Cherokee and Dickies, in a range of colors from teal to maroon.

Be seen

Work in a job where you need bright or reflective gear? We can help you with that, too! Whether you’re working the night shift or want your crew to be visible in high traffic areas, we have safety colored workwear that you can customize from tees to vests. The ML Kishigo Class 2 Safety Mesh Vest comes in two bright colors that have a velcro close and are ANSI / ISEA Class 2 certified. What’s better than putting safety first with a custom edge?

Mix up your color palette

Nothing says your uniform has to be well, uniform. It’s great to see our customers shake up their looks. One way to do that is to use your logo on multiple colors of shirts. If your business or restaurant has 2 or 3 main colors, customize shirts in all of them and let your staff pick their favorite. It’s a great way to bring some flair to your business while still looking put together. The princesses at Fancyful Fairytale Parties really nailed this look! You also don’t have to just use short sleeve t-shirts–we have tons of tanks that are great for warmer weather, or even crop top styles for your fitness studio. One of our favs is the Bella + Canvas Women’s Racerback Crop Tank Top. It’s such a fun style and we could see a yoga studio logo really rocking it on the front.

Add accessories

You aren’t limited to apparel at Custom Ink–our accessories can complete your suite of custom gear. We love how Aperture Coffee personalized mugs for their shop in addition to their tees. We also have glasses for your bar or restaurant, bags for your gym, or notebooks for your office. And, our products come in so many great colors that it’ll be easy to find your company color or something that complements it perfectly. If you can’t get enough of this camper mug style, create your own 14oz Ceramic Camper Mug for a vintage vibe. Another drinkware favorite is our 17 oz. Matte Copper Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle. Your staff will love its clean lines and matte finish.

Ready to get started on your own custom uniforms? Find more inspiration in our business templates. What’s your favorite item from the list? Tell us about it and about your uniform plans in the comments below!


Kate wants her work to impact the little but important moments in people’s lives—like birthdays, anniversaries, and family celebrations. She loves coming up with witty copy that might inspire someone to create an awesome t-shirt!

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