Crack The Dress Code Before Your Hospitality And Festival Shifts

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Applied for your assignment? Check. Secured your place? Check. Got the right uniform ready? Err… 

Please make sure you always come with the right outfit on because your manager will notice!!

It’s also vital you don’t fall for a ‘one uniform fits all’ approach. Hospitality requires a whole different get-up to a festival role, so it’s important you know the difference between the two. Read on for the lowdown on what to wear for your upcoming assignments. 


When it comes to restaurants, bars and hotels, clothes are king. In most establishments, a smartly presented, consistent uniform across all members of staff is required. It’s professional, it identifies you as an employee, and it’s absolutely crucial to upholding the reputation of the employer you’re working for.

We’ll communicate the specific dress code for your role in plenty of time before your assignment, so make sure you check your emails and read the notes on PARiM – hap’s shift scheduling tool. But, as a general rule of thumb, here’s what to expect:

  • Black or white button-up collared shirt
  • Formal black trousers
  • Leather (or similar) black shoes

For make-up and jewellery wearers, keep it subtle and simple. Some employers may not accept nail varnish or visible piercings either, so if in doubt, leave them out. And make sure any luscious locks are tied back, with facial hair shaven or neatly groomed too. Check out exhibit A below!


Got festival shifts lined up? Lucky you! But even though you’ll be spending your time in a field, you’ll still need to look the part. 

Specially made staff t-shirts are sometimes provided for festival work. Not only will this help colleagues and punters identify you, but it’s also a cool memento to take home. Alternatively, you may be encouraged to wear a black plain top with nothing rude or offensive on – remember, you’re still representing hap and the promoter.

All will be explained in your confirmation emails, so make sure you read these carefully. We’ll include any specific requirements, along with some clothing suggestions to keep you comfortable during and while travelling to/from your shift. This could include:

  • Jumpers or hoodies
  • Waterproof coats
  • Multi-purpose footwear
  • Hats and gloves

We’re talking summer in the UK, after all – glorious sunshine can turn to gusty showers in no time, so you should be able to wrap up or de-layer on cue. Footwear should be suitable for both the mud and the bar too… Check out exhibit B below!

Uniform? Check!

Whether you’re gliding round a restaurant floor or cracking cans across a festival bar, start your first shift as you mean to go on by turning up dressed for the occasion. And don’t forget to check your emails for your specific assignment uniform requirements to avoid an embarrassing first day. 

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