What do you wear? Casual? Dressy? Resort-wear? Theme? Uniform?

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I had planned to dress nicely each day, but find myself in jeans and a t-shirt and perfectly happy.   But should I push it up a notch?

My husband wears golf shirts with our Inn name embroidered on them.   I bought  a few for myself but I don't feel like they suit me.

Just wondering what you do?   Do you have a uniform, like the golf shirts?  Do you wear your inn name?   Do you even think about it?

 

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In the mornings I wear proper trousers and a shirt, just to look neat when I'm dealing with people.

However for check-in I'm in jeans and t-shirt unless they turn up early and I'm gardening in which case it's muddy jeans with holes in plus t-shirt

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Shorts and Aloha Shirts

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I cook & serve breakfast in black yoga pants & a chef coat. http://a.co/39WYnlr I used to cook in a t-shirt then don an apron to serve, but I was ruining a lot of t-shirts with grease spatters. If I get something on the chef coat, I can flip the buttons around & hide it before serving Laughing out loud The only drawback is that sometimes guests remark, "Look at your cute little outfit!" which makes me feel like they think I'm playing dress-up or something. (Part of the trials & tribulations of being a young innkeeper)

When I greet guests, I wear anything from dresses in the summer (I prefer them to shorts) to jeans & a nice t-shirt. After check-in, I try my best to look presentable at all times but there's always gardening and painting to be done so guests have caught me covered in dirt, paint, spackle, and even cement mortar. I've had the misfortune of guests catching me in PJs and a bathrobe when I let the dogs out at 10pm & 6am in our private courtyard. It's a bit embarrassing, but it is my home after all.

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notAgrandma wrote:

I cook & serve breakfast in black yoga pants & a chef coat.

There are two things that never lie: Me, and yoga pants.

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I like to look presentable and approachable (as opposed to reproachable...LOL)...not too professional, not too sloppy. I wear something dressy/casual for the season (summer is nice shorts and a cute blouse/top...and sometime flipflops...

The French Maid outfit would probably be a little too much for all of us! LOL

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Northern Dreamer wrote:

The French Maid outfit would probably be a little too much for all of us! LOL

smiley And would attract a different sort of clientele !

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We definitely go casual here.  

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Okay, perhaps for those that don't know me well I should have added my usual disclaimer to my earlier post that we are a different animal from most here on the forum in that we are a tiny roadside motel with no common area to chat with our guests and no hired staff.

Our check in time range is usually from noon to 9PM, but some arrive still later. A guest that arrives close to 9 or at 1, 2AM may likely catch me in PJ's, that includes the folks that have been known to ring the bell at 2, 3AM to ask directions, because after all you're a motel and are supposed to be available in case they get lost. Smiling

 

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One of our PO's would show up and chat with guests in the common rooms wearing his pajamas. I have a rule that guests and staff NEVER see me in my PJs. 

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Is that because they have little bunny feet?  LOL

 

 

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One of our PO's would show up and chat with guests in the common rooms wearing his pajamas. I have a rule that guests and staff NEVER see me in my PJs. 

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I prefer my Hugh Hefner look with a bathrobe and a pipe.  Smiling 

Unfortunately, that would likely scar the guests and force them into years of therapy so it's jeans and a button down shirt for me.  

 

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Oh, I was a hot mess! In the morning, making breakfast. After checkout cleaning rooms and such. Aprons over whatever with the inn's name on them worked for me. But I was often mistaken (and, sadly, disrespected) as 'just the help' when cleaning.  I am a messy cook and cleaner upper so the apron was really a necessity unless I wanted pancake batter, bleach or unknown stains on my clothes. I had a dozen aprons at the ready and would change them quickly as needed. Pulling on a clean one for serving food. 

Between cleaning and check in, the goal was to shower and put on clean clothes. As a joke, someone gave me a baseball cap that said 'INN BOSS' that I sometimes wore. 

I love shirts that identify you as inn personnel in whatever style works for you. Polos or tees or hoodies depending on the weather with logo (and a name if practical) are my favorite. Looks so sharp and professional and, as a guest, I am not looking around for who works here.  

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I do think about how we come across to guests. And then I think, 'yeah, but you're at an age when being comfortable is more important.'

I do think you can be 'too comfortable'. We had an innkeeper here who got way too comfortable - shorts and sleeveless tees on a guy tipping the scales at 300+ is not a pretty sight.

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Casual. Those golf shirts look like a sack of potatoes on me. Ditto tee shirts.

I wear jeans, khakis, linen pants. Sweaters with long sleeve tees in the winter, button down shirts or linen in the summer.

Gomez wears jeans and button down shirts all year.

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I usually wear the official Vermont uniform: Carhart jeans and a red flannel shirt. Since a lumbersexual beard is optional, I elect not to wear one. 

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The video shows you in a polo Smiling

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I have that elusive dream of sitting around looking pretty and greeting guests, but in our world most guests tend to be short term folks, with us for a night or two and that often centered around the weekend except during certain seasons.

There are probably three main times that I'm likely to have guest contact:

Morning as they depart and we may exchange a few words as I move along the open porch gathering soiled linen, if it's hot my dress is probably shorts and a T-shirt, in winter when it is bitter I'm bundled up and so are the guests, conversations aren't likely.

Late afternoon/suppertime as they arrive, hopefully in the warmer season I'm better dressed and sitting on the porch watching the world pass by and awaiting their arrival, but this time of year you'd likely find me a bit grungy from yard or handyman work getting ready for the season.

Evening/bedtime, guests may well catch me in PJ's and a robe wishing I could go on to bed.

It's really going to depend on you, the type of guest/inn and the jobs that need to be done at the time.

 

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Ours work is largely outside (going between buildings, or out on boats, etc...) so what we wear is dictated by the weather, but jeans or shorts and some kind of shirt, ranging from t-shirts to shirts with collars (long or short sleeve), sweatshirts, fleece, etc.. are pretty typical. We have logo printed T-shirts and Sweatshirts, and embroidered polo shirts and ball caps. Ours is a very casual place.

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I usually wear pants and a polo shirt. No uniforms, no name tag.

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I wear jeans or slacks BUT I wear short-sleeve polo shirts with my logo embroidered on them for the warm maonths and I got sweatshirts with collars and what they call quarter zipper with my logo embroidered on them for the cold months (I hate to be cold). The shirts (all of them) are burgundy in color - the Gillum color). I have LIVED in the fleece shirts this winter.

This is a uniform and is dressy/casual. I used to wear Gillum T-shirts, but they are not "dressy" enough. I want to look professional - it also works as a walking billboard to advertise the B & B. I bought 4 of each and the total cost was just under $200 with the embroidery.

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I love the look of the golf shirts on my husband.   Don't like them as much on me.

For awhile I was wearing "Life it good" T-shirts but started thinking that might be too casual.

Love the fleece idea.   I will probably go for it come fall.

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The women's golf shirts are better than the men's. Check them out - they taper at the waist where the men's are just straight.

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