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post #31 of 100
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Originally Posted by indydebi

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.



oh my gosh i was just thinking this!!! i HATE the whole polo/logo thing. i really don't want to offend anyone, and perhaps you have found cute polos. but every job i've worked that required polos/logos made me look unprofessional, not stylish and generally frumpy. part of the problem may be that i have a small frame, and am really small chested (barely fit an A, lol). so wearing a polo that's basically an oversized placemat with arms makes me look ridiculous!! i've gotten ONE employer to order in the "women's" polos. same problem, just slightly smaller placemat, lol. and ive tried the smallest sizes they've offered, and still really bad.

as part of my biz image, im trying to project that my cakes are trendy and stylishly contemporary. so i would dress accordingly. black pants/crops, and fitted white blouse in the newest styles. a little trendy jewelry for effect. that way i personally project the image i want for my business. anyway, off my soap box, sorry if i offended! i really don't mean to!!
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post #32 of 100
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Oh yes!

I've determined that I should wear nice black pants with denim chaps.. that should say "professional" and "approachable" at the same time..

Also gonna wear a camisole (comfort), nice blouse (professional), catering jacket (food industry), and an old ruffly apron on top (approachable)

Gonna be waaaaarm!!
post #33 of 100
Becca, one year, my company went with the white oxford shirt ... except they had some ding dong order them and she got volume discount by ordering all MEN's shirts. HELLO???? I HAVE BOOBS!!!!!!!

Which actually became a non-issue because the smallest man's shirt hung down to my knees, and me and another lady (shorter than me!) were expected to tuck these sleeping gowns in our pants!!!!!!!!!

We all looked like crap at the trade show and we all complained LOUDLY about it! The only guy who looked nice was the VP who was sleeping with the secretary who ordered the shirts .... somehow she managed to get HIS size right! icon_confused.gif
post #34 of 100
There you go FlowerGirlMN. That shouldn't be too much. I can picture it now icon_smile.gif At least you'll be having fun, right?

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post #35 of 100
Okay, so just to toss this question in the ring....are those of you who are opposed to wearing chef's jackets opposed to the all white coats only? What about something like this on offered at Crooked Brook?

(I am posting the photo and the link, because you can't get a direct link to the individual picture.)

http://www.crookedbrook.com/womens-chef-jackets-coats.htm

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post #36 of 100
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Ooh, I LOVE that.. hate the color though. Gonna go see if they make it in a fat, nicer-color version!
post #37 of 100
OMG!!! Lovely jackets (well some of them - some look like military dress jackets or like they belong on a bellhop!), but what is with the picture of that girl under the 'Maternity jackets' title - she looks about 12 and a Lolita temptress LMAO!!!
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post #38 of 100
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Originally Posted by indydebi


(how come we dont' have a smiley icon with gray hair in a rocking chair? I need one of those right now.)



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post #39 of 100
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Originally Posted by peacockplace

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.



I am glad to see someone finally post this! You will hear Duff say all the time that his people are "artists not pasty chefs" and they wear their chef jackets to food network functions.

I wear a white chefs jacket with Simply Cakes on the label. My husband wears a polo shirt with the same embrodery when we do shows and deliveries. I am not a professional chef, but I have taken a number of classes in decorating, have a degree in art, and people pay me to decorate cakes for them. (and sometimes pay me quite a lot!) I feel that makes me a professional cake designer. I like the jackets as they keep my clothes clean, it identifies you to the public that you are a professional, and they are easy to clean up if you get buttercream on you, etc. When people talk to you, they feel they are talking to a professional, trained person they can trust with their wedding cake. I know a number of chefs and I have never had any of them tell me they were offended I was wearing their "uniform" It just isn't that important to them!


Our local hospital, many of the people wear scrubs...from the ones who take your blood pressure to the ones to mop up the floors. I wouldn't call them surgeons because of what they are wearing!
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post #40 of 100
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Originally Posted by bonjovibabe

OMG!!! Lovely jackets (well some of them - some look like military dress jackets or like they belong on a bellhop!), but what is with the picture of that girl under the 'Maternity jackets' title - she looks about 12 and a Lolita temptress LMAO!!!



I don't know if you would book any weddings wearing that outfit, but you sure might get some grooms cakes! hahahaha!
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post #41 of 100
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Originally Posted by loriemoms

I don't know if you would book any weddings wearing that outfit, but you sure might get some grooms cakes! hahahaha!



Not if I tried to display my thunderous orange-peel thighs in those hot pants - they would all be running off in the opposite direction icon_lol.gificon_cry.gificon_lol.gif
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post #42 of 100
All of my chef coats are designed for women, and I have them in several pastel colors. I also have them custom tailored since I am short.

I am not trying to say who can and who can't wear a chefs coat. I am saying choose an outfit that fits with your overall marketing strategy. Wearing a chefs coat is a visual indicator of a level of quality and professionalism.

The chef coat says you take your work seriously, that you are a pro. If you are looking for a warmer-bride friendly image, it is probably not your best look. On the other hand, if you are struggling to get people to pay your prices, try wearing a coat to your next few tastings/meetings and see what happens.

I would go so far as to say it is a bit of a stretch for an untrained box mix baker using Crisco based shortening to present themselves as a Chef, but that's just me.
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icon_surprised.gificon_confused.gif txkat... some of those "untrained box mix baker using crisco based shortening (icing)" turn out FABULOUS cakes and are entitled to be treated as "professionals". It does not matter what you wear, as long as you look (as my mom used to say) "neat and clean". It is your work that will speak volumes for you. I say go for whatever makes you feel the most comfortable.!! icon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gif
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post #45 of 100
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txkat.. I think you may have missed a key issue here.

How is a catering jacket "passing off as a chef", when even the dish washers at local catering companies wear them?

People straight out of highschool working at catering companies wear them... hell, the last wedding I did, the caterer's wife wore one, because she was helping out for the evening - didn't even wear one.

Are they somehow more entitled than the box mix bakers" you just slammed? I don't know if it's a regional thing or not, but I certainly never implied I'd write "chef" anything on whatever I ended up wearing!!
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