Two Workwear-Selection Tips for Those Who Have Set Up Flower Shops

Posted on: 18 June 2021

If you're a florist and have set up a flower shop, here are some tips to follow when picking out your workwear.

Choose light colours

In a flower shop, workwear that is light-coloured usually performs best. The reason for this is as follows; lots of flowers, including lilies (a variety which most florists have to regularly handle and put into customers' bouquets), produce pollen that can fall out of the flowerheads and cling to the clothing of those who hold them.

If you get lily pollen all over your work clothes when you're busy prepping bouquets for customers and don't have a spare moment to change, it could be useful for the top to be, for example, cream or white, so that the light-coloured pollen and any stains it leaves on the fabric won't be particularly noticeable. This will mean that if, during this busy part of the day, you have to do any customer-facing duties where your appearance needs to be neat and tidy,  your workwear won't look so messy that it makes you look unprofessional. It will also mean you won't have to take breaks to change your top each time this happens. Instead, you can hold off until there is a noticeable build-up of pollen on your clothing.

Pick long-sleeved tops made of thick fabric  

Both you and your flower shop employees will probably feel most comfortable in long-sleeved shirts or jumpers (provided your shop has air-conditioning that will keep all of you cool in the summer, even when your arms are covered by these garments).

The reason for this is as follows; there may be times when you have to carry bundles of prickly greenery (for example, if you're asked to make a few Christmas wreaths or mantle garlands, you'll need to use holly) to the table where you make these orders. If you're wearing a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt each time you do this, you might find your forearms often get scratched and sore. If this happens repeatedly, you might start to scar or get infections. If, however, your top's sleeves come down to your wrists and the fabric is quite thick, the prickles on the holly and other greenery should not be able to pierce this material and injure you. Not getting scratched throughout the workday will also mean that you won't need to take unplanned breaks to apply antiseptic cream and plasters to your wounds.