What do Baristas Wear?

From the fabrics that can withstand the demands of a busy shift to the designs that will make your baristas feel confident and look great, we have worked with baristas and managers, and outfitted some of the best hospitality establishments in Chicago, so we understand what’s involved in curating the perfect barista uniform.

Shirts & Blouses for Baristas

When it comes to choosing the perfect shirts and blouses for your baristas, there are a few key factors to consider. Your baristas will be on their feet for long shifts, reaching, bending, and stretching to craft the perfect drinks, so comfort is always key. That's why we recommend soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking blends.

But comfort doesn't have to come at the cost of style. Our collection of barista shirts and blouses features a range of designs that are both functional and fashionable.

One of our favorite picks is the classic polo shirt. It's a timeless choice that looks great on everyone, and is available in a variety of colors to suit your brand. The addition of a collar and buttons adds a touch of professionalism to any uniform. If you need business casual attire for your cafe or coffee shop, the classic polo shirt is the perfect choice.

For a more modern look, consider a fitted t-shirt or a sleek, long-sleeved henley. These styles are fit for a casual, laid-back vibe, and they pair well with everything from jeans to skirts.

Additional tips:

  • Offer a mix of short-sleeved and long-sleeved options to suit different preferences and seasons
  • Experiment with different collar styles, like mandarin or stand collars, for a modern twist

Bottoms for Baristas

The key to a perfect pair of bottoms is to find a balance between style and functionality. Your baristas need to be able to move freely and comfortably, without sacrificing a polished, professional look.

One of our go-to choices is a well-fitted pair of chinos. These versatile pants come in a range of colors and can be dressed up or down depending on the rest of the outfit. Plus, with a bit of stretch in the fabric, they're comfortable enough to wear all day long.

Another option is a pair of jeans for a casual look. Darker washes, like our black stretch service jeans, tend to look a bit more polished while still remaining casual. Just make sure to choose a fabric that allows for ease of movement. You can check out Stock's stretch denim sizing guide to help.

For staff working in hot climates or establishments, you may decide to add shorts to your barista uniform to allow for more freedom and comfort for staff.  well-fitted, professional-looking shorts in solid, neutral colors like black, navy, or khaki are good options that suit most coffee shop uniforms.

Some final reminders: Look for bottoms with reinforced seams and durable fabrics that can stand up to the wear and tear of a busy shift, and don't forget about pockets. Your baristas will appreciate having a place to stash pens, order pads, and other essentials.

We also offer a range of tech trousers and some easygoing joggers, to give you more options.

Additional tips:

  • Offer a range of fits, such as slim, straight, or relaxed, to cater to different body types and preferences
  • Consider adding functional details like reinforced knees or adjustable waistbands for added durability and comfort
  • Explore alternative fabrics like corduroy or linen for a unique texture and style
  • Provide options with different inseam lengths to accommodate various heights

Footwear for Baristas

Your baristas will be on their feet for hours at a time, and the last thing you want is for them to be distracted by aching arches or blistered heels.

We recommend investing in high-quality, supportive shoes designed specifically for the hospitality industry. Look for shoes with cushioned insoles, slip-resistant soles, and sturdy construction that can stand up to long shifts and spills.

You can never go wrong with the classic sneaker. These shoes are easy to put on and take off, and they offer plenty of support and comfort for all-day wear.

For a perfect balance between casual and sophisticated, consider a pair of low-profile, leather sneakers. These shoes offer the same comfort and support as their canvas alternative but with a more professional appearance. 

Additional tips:

  • Offer both slip-on and lace-up styles to suit different preferences and needs
  • Look for shoes with removable, replaceable insoles for easy cleaning and customization
  • Explore eco-friendly or sustainably-made options to align with your brand's values

Barista Apron Options

Aprons are an essential part of a barista's uniform, providing both function and style. When selecting aprons for your baristas, consider factors such as durability, comfort, and design.

Stock's expertly crafted aprons, made in the US from durable materials like 9 oz canvas, 8.5 oz twill, and premium cotton, offer a range of options for baristas. With features like dual hand pockets, adjustable neck straps, and even free lifetime repairs, these aprons prioritize both functionality and style.

Additional tips:

  • Offer a range of apron lengths, such as waist, mid-length, or full-length, to suit different preferences and job roles
  • Explore alternative apron styles, like cross-back or bib-front, for added comfort and style

Barista Uniforms for Men

When designing uniforms for male baristas, consider the unique fit and style preferences that cater to men's body types and fashion sense. Opt for a relaxed, straight-cut fit in shirts and pants, allowing for greater ease of movement during shifts. 

Our Chore Coats are an excellent option if you’re looking for a versatile piece of outerwear. 

For male barista uniforms, you might consider adding a subtle plaid or checked patterns in collared shirts, or denim and chambray fabrics for a rugged, industrial vibe.

Striking a balance between comfort, durability, and style is key while catering to the specific fit and fashion preferences of male employees. This ensures that your male baristas look and feel their best while representing your brand.

Stock offers a range of custom-made men's uniform options for tops and bottoms, ensuring that your male baristas look sharp and professional while maintaining comfort during their shifts.

Barista Uniforms for Women

It's also essential for female uniforms to offer a range of options for different body types, personal styles, and comfort levels. Blouses and tops should feature feminine silhouettes, such as cinched waists, flutter sleeves, or v-necklines, that flatter various figures while maintaining a professional appearance. Experiment with different necklines, like scoop, square, or boat necks, to provide variety and suit individual preferences.

For bottoms, consider offering skirts in addition to pants, giving female baristas the option to express their personal style while still adhering to dress code rules. Skirts should be of an appropriate length and can feature subtle design elements like pleats, A-line silhouettes, or wrap styles. When selecting fabrics, prioritize comfort and durability, but also consider incorporating softer, more feminine textures like cotton blends with a slight stretch or lightweight, flowy materials for tops.

There is a range of accessorizing options for female barista uniforms such as colorful scarves, trendy hair ties, or stylish belts, that allow them to showcase their individuality while still maintaining a cohesive brand image. By providing a diverse array of well-designed, comfortable, and stylish options, you can ensure that your female baristas feel confident and empowered while representing your venue.

Our women's made-to-order uniforms will help elevate your image while ensuring that your baristas feel confident and comfortable on the job.

Gender-Neutral Barista Uniforms

In addition to men's and women's uniform options, offering gender-neutral choices can foster inclusivity and allow baristas to express themselves authentically. Gender-neutral uniforms should prioritize versatility, comfort, and style to suit a wide range of body types and personal preferences.

Consider loose-fitting, straight-cut shirts or tunics in neutral colors or subtle patterns that can be easily paired with various bottoms. For pants, opt for relaxed, tapered cuts in durable fabrics like denim or twill that provide both comfort and style. Jumpsuits or overalls in solid colors or with minimalist designs can also serve as a fashionable, practical choice for baristas who prefer a one-piece option.


Branding is a critical aspect of creating a successful cafe or coffee shop. It goes beyond just having a logo and a name; it's about crafting a unique identity that sets your establishment apart from the competition and resonates with your target audience. In this section, we discuss more branding tips and guidelines to help you create that perfect barista uniform.

As we have touched on above, incorporating your brand's colors, logo, and aesthetic into your barista uniforms is crucial for forming a positive customer perception. One way to do this is by choosing colors that complement your brand's palette.

Another way to incorporate branding into your uniforms is through accessories that add a touch of personalization. Pins, bow and neckties, neckerchiefs, visors and hats are all perfect additions to elevate the casual style of cafe uniform. Any small but significant detail can make a big impact on your brand's visibility and recognition in the service industry.

Below, we share more branding tips:

  • Provide branded name tags for your baristas. This not only helps customers identify and connect with your staff but also reinforces your brand identity.

  • Consider incorporating unique accessories that align with your brand's aesthetic. For example, if your brand has a vintage or rustic vibe, consider vintage-inspired hats to the uniforms.

  • Update accessories or add seasonal touches to the uniforms to keep them fresh and relevant. This could include incorporating festive colors during the holidays or adding floral accents for spring.

  • Ensure that all baristas wear their uniforms consistently and correctly. Provide clear guidelines on how to wear and maintain the uniforms to ensure a cohesive brand image. For example, while onboarding new hires, you can conduct uniform fittings. For all employees, you can create a comprehensive uniform guide with visual examples and offer regular uniform maintenance resources.

  • Choose high-quality, durable materials for your uniforms. Not only will this ensure they look better for longer, but it also demonstrates your commitment to quality, which can positively impact your brand's reputation.

Elevate your establishment with a high-quality bartending uniform that embodies your brand, empowers your staff, and impresses your guests.


From comfort and functionality to style and branding, designing the perfect uniform for your business is important for your staff. Whether you're just starting or looking to update your existing uniforms, Stock can help you create a look that's both practical and polished.

  • Barista dress code is important for creating a memorable guest experience. Key factors include comfort, style, functionality, and branding.
  • For shirts and blouses, choose soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking blends. Classic polo shirts add professionalism, while fitted t-shirts or henleys provide a modern, casual look.
  • Barista bottoms should balance style and functionality. Chinos are versatile and comfortable, while jeans create a relaxed atmosphere. Look for durable fabrics, reinforced seams, and pockets. Tech trousers and shorts may also be appropriate.
  • Invest in high-quality, supportive footwear with slip-resistant soles and cushioning. Options include classic sneakers, low-profile leather sneakers, and clogs.
  • Aprons are essential for function and style. Stock offers durable options in canvas, twill, and cotton, with features like pockets and adjustable straps. Custom designs can complement a brand's aesthetic.
  • Accessories elevate uniforms. Consider hats, visors, custom pins, patches and functional bags or pouches.
  • Men's uniforms should have a relaxed, straight cut and use sturdy, breathable fabrics. Incorporate classic, masculine design elements and minimal accessories.
  • Women's uniforms should feature feminine silhouettes, various necklines, and skirt options. Use comfortable, durable fabrics with soft textures. Provide colorful accessories for individuality.
  • Incorporate brand colors, logos, and aesthetics into uniforms. Use complementary colors, branded name tags, unique accessories, seasonal touches, and clear guidelines for consistent wear.
  • Invest in high-quality, durable materials to demonstrate a commitment to quality and positively impact brand reputation.
  • Elevate your establishment with a well-designed bartending uniform that embodies your brand, empowers staff, and impresses guests.