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post #16 of 100
My wife just opened her cake studio last week. We will be delivering her first wedding cake this coming weekend. I will be helping with all the deliveries of her cakes. I purchased a black chefs coat and she has lime green and white chefs coats. I think they look professional and are not intended to mock anyone with a degree. I think that would be like not wearing a suit and tie because lawyers do. She has classes this month with Nicholas Lodge and in November with Collette Peters and I know a chef coat is a requirement for at least one of those classes. We have no intentions of embrodering 'chef' on our coats, but we believe looking professional and acting professional helps our industry.
post #17 of 100
I've always worn a nice shirt and black dress pants. I chose pants over a skirt because of all the lifting and setting up the booth.

We've decide that we want to get shirts made. Maybe some nice polos. And then we are going to have T-shirts made for when we deliver cakes to receptions and things.

I thought about the chefs jacket, but I do agree with the first pp that it does make anyone think that you went to school and whatever.

Any show I've been to, either as a vendor or just looking, I've never seen anyone in a chefs coat.

I guess it would also depend on how things are in your city and what type of show the brides are catering too. It it's a high end show, you may have to think of something else.
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post #18 of 100
I'd like to find something that is NOT a polo shirt. I really resent it that a man-style shirt has become the norm. I hated that when I had a full time job and had to wear them at trade shows. I am NOT "one of the guys" and hate having to look like one.

When I'm in business-mode, I'm a suit-with-a-jacket gal (too many years in corporate america I guess), so I'm leaning toward having some nice name tags made for everyone.
post #19 of 100
And here's something interesting that I've read recently in "The E-Myth Revisited": blue is an excellent marketing colour. So perhaps you could go with that? It's certainly not my favourite as far as wearing it, but if it works, why not?

I would go with a nice button down blouse that is solid in colour and not busy. If you're serving samples I definitely think that an apron or coverall of some type is in order and just adds to your professional but friendly appeal.

I have mulling this over myself, wondering what the best way to go is when I'm up front and center with customers.
post #20 of 100
I think it depends on your personality. If you are a very feminine woman I would do an apron with your logo on it, you can have a pretty one made or do it yourself with some great fabric. If you are more conservative with your personality I would do a plain apron with the logo. I would wear black pants and a nice top with either.
I love to wear frilly aprons and have a small collection of them, I think the make people comfortable and make them think of family.
I would not feel comfortable in a chef jacket without a culinary degree, but I believe that is partial to where I live and the atmosphere of the shows in my area.
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post #21 of 100
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Originally Posted by meriscakes

And here's something interesting that I've read recently in "The E-Myth Revisited": blue is an excellent marketing colour.



Very true. Oranges and Blues attract the eye more than any other color. Which is why our corporate trade show booth was in these colors (when I worked for a mfg'r .... not "my" corporate colors. icon_redface.gif )
post #22 of 100
I've been to a few bridal shows as a spectator, and I always liked the booths that were nicely decorated and the people were dressed nice, not over done but nice, and approachable. Some one that they can talk to. Kind of like Indydeb said the one who looks like they can Get it Done. I wouldn't do the normal White shirt and black slacks. Any color nice pants ( not Jeans ) and a nice Dressy shirt (not necessarily a blouse) with your hair done nice and a big welcoming smile I don't think you can go wrong. Remember you want to be comfortable, happy, Positive, and professional.

I hope You have fun. I dan't wait to do a show, but there is only one exclusively for a particular all in one Wedding place, and they already have a "Cake Lady"

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post #23 of 100
I am a chef. I wear a chefs coat. I am not a " cake lady" or a "baker", and I charge accordingly. Do you see where I am headed here? Debi is right. Decide what you're trying to project to your potential clients. When I do bridal shows, we take very large display cakes, set up a TV screen and monitor with a slide presentation of our cakes ( it's more engaging than a book), and we hand out beautiful petit fours in our popular cake flavors. We all wear chef coats ( albeit personalized) Prospective customers know we are at the top of the pricing spectrum, because we look like a Neiman Marcus ad.

Decide who your customer is then craft your brand image around those expectations.
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post #24 of 100
When I'm meeting clients to discuss cake orders I wear dresses, suits, business casual depending on where we are meeting and what I know about the client. For cake set up I wear a plain white chefs coat and white apron, it is professional looking and keeps my clothes clean. I don't do shows all my business is word of mouth. As far as the coat no coat debate goes, I am a designer, baker, and artist, that's what people pay me for, even if I haven't studied under "Chef Big Wig", I don't claim to be a chef, but I am a professional.
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post #25 of 100
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Yikes guys. No consensus at all! LOL.

I picked this up today - it's close on to blue, and looks really nice on me. The color is perfect for me, and it doesn't look too matronly. I'm not even 30 yet, but most fat chick clothing looks like it was made for those 50+.

Is this dressy enough though? It's the only thing I could find that looked even halfway acceptable! I'm thinking I'll pair this with nice black pants and maybe a necklace/earrings set. The shirt looks nicer in person, it's a beautiful teal color:

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-1/qid=1188778622/ref=sr_1_1/601-3448190-7722532?ie=UTF8&asin=B000OZHZWW
post #26 of 100
Well, Colette Peters wears one and I know for a fact that she's not a chef! (Amazing yes, chef, no)

That said, I've been to culinary classes where a jacket is required by the school. They know we aren't chefs. They know we aren't "pretending" to be chefs. It's just part of the uniform. I have no problem wearing one, but I'd never put the word "chef" on my coat.
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post #27 of 100
Peacock just made my point. Whether or not Colette is a chef, she certainly is at the top end of the market, and to me that is in keeping with the image of wearing a chef's coat.

Debi's suit fits her sharp " I'll handle it, no worries..." marketing style. To me it sounds like your aiming for a Martha Stewart-y " I can do flowers and cake and invitations...." sort of wedding stylist. As such, I'd probably take my fashion cues from Ina Garten..Crisp white shirt, tailored pants, and maybe a scarf for a splash of creative style and a bit of color. A name tag always makes people feel comfortable.
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post #28 of 100
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Originally Posted by FlowerGirlMN

Yikes guys. No consensus at all! LOL.

I picked this up today - it's close on to blue, and looks really nice on me. The color is perfect for me, and it doesn't look too matronly. I'm not even 30 yet, but most fat chick clothing looks like it was made for those 50+.

Is this dressy enough though? It's the only thing I could find that looked even halfway acceptable! I'm thinking I'll pair this with nice black pants and maybe a necklace/earrings set. The shirt looks nicer in person, it's a beautiful teal color:

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-1/qid=1188778622/ref=sr_1_1/60

1-3448190-7722532?ie=UTF8&asin=B000OZHZWW



I think this shirt is perfect!...Nicely tailored, professional & approachable.
The fact that you feel it looks good on you will make you more relaxed. That style will hold up nicely through out the day too, some button down shirt end up with a lot of wrinkles by the end of the day.
Best of luck...Enjoy the show!
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post #29 of 100
I think that blouse is nice. I think it will look nice Especially if you dress it up with some Jewelery and hair, and a nice pair of pants. You'll come off approachable.

Like my DH is now saying. I think since your going to a show you should dress nice. A chefs coat is nice if your in a competition or in the kitchen, something that you won't worry about getting dirty, going home at the end of the night and throw in the dirty clothes. Your presenting yourself and showing your talent.

As long as you don't show up in a torn pair of jeans and a ratty old shirt, you've shown that you are willing to look nice for any occasion, and you are comfortable with your self that is all that matters. You don't have to go out of your way to impress others, sometimes that is off putting. Just have fun with it.

txkat -- I was not trying to insult you or the way you represent yourself by saying "Cake Lady" that is what the cake decorator is called, not necessarily by her choice. But she is an awesome decorator and artist. I was not directing anything to you. Sorry if you took offense.

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post #30 of 100
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Originally Posted by FlowerGirlMN

Yikes guys. No consensus at all! LOL.



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