Hospitality Uniform Guide
Invest in your team, your venue, and your brand with a well designed uniform.

A sleek well thought out hospitality uniform is now an essential element and investment for all venues across Australia. For a country that loves its fine dining, café culture and coffee; venues are now looking to set themselves apart from the competition with on-trend uniform styles for their staff.

Cafés, pubs and restaurant clothing need to be as hard-working as their environments. Unlike other ‘softer’ customer facing businesses, hospitality uniforms get a good work-out in a busy customer-facing environment.

As this sector also looks to increase brand awareness, venues are creating spaces that are aspirational in every element of its presentation. This includes the interior fit-out, the brand of coffee being served, the best barista, a chef who can deliver the finest food and most importantly, its uniform. Therefore, the front-of-house staff need to be stylish and in line with the brand's values and aesthetics. 

Here at Cargo Crew, we have years of uniform supplier experience from working with some big names including Curtis Stone Events, Nandos and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to name a few.

The elements we consider integral when choosing apparel for your hospitality staff are:

Function First

Our aprons, shirts and t-shirts have been designed first and foremost with function in mind. Style is important, but if your apparel doesn’t make your job easier when on the floor serving, it will only be a frustration. 

Aprons are designed with large functional pouch pockets to fit notepads and iPads discretely, and easy-tie straps for staff to be ready to serve customers efficiently. They also come in a range of styles – cross-back, bib, and waist aprons meaning you can put function first for your staff depending on the individual venue requirements.

Crew Confidence

Staff benefit from feeling confident in their uniform. It helps with pride and to exude a cool, friendly atmosphere for your hospitality venue. We always ensure our apparel pieces are available to fit varying sizes. Our shirts come in both men's and women's cuts with subtle design differences in shape to flatter and sit comfortably.

Adjustable cuffs on our shirts are the ideal addition for hospitality staff where rolled sleeves are a must amongst food service. The extra-length cut of our shirts and t-shirts also ensure staff don't expose their skin when reaching across tables, or for that top shelf spirit!

Trending Times

We have classic hospitality uniforms covered with beautiful cuts of shirts, and colour palettes of navy, white & black, but if your venue evokes a sense of on-trend interior style your uniform should complement it.

Our 'Choose Your Strap' functionality on Tom, Henry, Barkly & Ace aprons, allows you to change up your style, match your branding or go with the seasons. Our straps come in a range of different colours, each moving the apron from classic to contemporary to POP. The colour palettes we chose in design came from the latest fashion trends across the globe while still focusing on a colour range that will not date quickly – think khaki, distressed denims and light grey linens.

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Hard-working fabric

The hospitality sector means uniforms are put through the wringer… quite literally. Regular washing after busy service periods is imperative to removing stains, food and alcohol odours. Our exclusive Fight The FadeTM fabric has been developed by Cargo Crew to ensure your aprons look brand new after 100+ washes. We pride ourselves on developing Performance Aprons and fabrics that smash the industry's standards. Learn more about our world-class innovation here.

Our aprons are unisex and one size, with adjustable straps meaning they can be worn by all your staff.


Branding of your uniforms is important to enhance your brand awareness. We specialise in logo branding on all our apparel pieces and merchandise with embroidery and screen-printing options available.

When taking this next step in uniform customisation, you will work closely with a member of our specialised uniform design team here at Cargo Crew.