New LU Uniforms Unveiled - Thoughts?

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(Couldn't see a prior thread for this anywhere except on Dave's, so figured there'd be no danger in opening one here...)

I just spotted this on the BBC this evening:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-29878913

A new designer uniform has been unveiled for Tube staff working on London's Underground (LU).
It is the first time in ten years the uniform has been updated and includes pieces tailored for female staff.


Red or Dead co-founder Wayne Hemingway, designed the uniforms incorporating the LU logo on pockets, jacket cuffs and zip pulls.


The uniform will be trialled at six stations and two train depots before being distributed across the service.

I'm not about to instantly dismiss them, but there's just something about the waistcoat-style one that completely rubs me up the wrong way.

They've commissioned Hemingway, right? I'd expect a lot better than this...
 
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I don't really like it, but it is certainly better than the short lived "sailor" style they had before the current uniform.
 

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The only uniforms looked quite good. I appreciate there may have been fitting issues but they could have been resolved without a "rebranding".

Having seen it in the flesh yesterday it caused a bit of sick come up into my mouth. The shoes especially...
 

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Quite like the waistcoats and polos they are sporting in the pics there - not seen the shoes.
 

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I don't think the line across works on jackets and waistcoats. Its OK when they are done up, but when undone they slope down.
 

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The new shoes are basically Brogues with a red stripe around the sole. I don't like Brogues, but aside from that, I haven't got any major issues with it.
 
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There are eight different designs of shoes/boot for each gender as part of this trial, so the items seen here are not necessarily what will be worn when the final products are rolled out.

I think it's great for staff to have a lot more visibility, although I am not sure about polo shirts for station staff; think it looks a bit scruffy. The gillet (which some people have referred to as a waistcoat) is one item that many staff called for, and I also like the fact there are cardigans for men! Not sure about the red piping on the suit jacket though, although as said it is just a trial.
 

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I only said waistcoat as it has a lower collar thana gillet would normally have as they're normally rounded closer to the neck.

Then again I am not Gok Wan. I prefer to dress well ;)
 

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The collar on that waistcoat is hideous. Same with the roundel and the stripe on both that and the polo.

I think staff should be colour coded by line :D
 

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I neither like it nor dislike it as such. However, as there was nothing wrong with the old ones, nor did they look dated, a wholesale replacement of uniforms doesn't seem like a good use of limited funding.

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I think staff should be colour coded by line :D

Sadly colour coding of seats seems to be on the way out - all refurbs are going for blue, it appears.

Neil
 

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The waistcoat looks like a nursery school painting apron. The polo looks really cheap and garish, like something you'd get from a budget tshirt-printing firm.

Suffice to say I don't like them at all!
 

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The waistcoat design is very ungainly. There's too much going on and the roundel only being one side gives it a lopsided appearance. Thus ends my fashion critique. :lol:

The collar on that waistcoat is hideous. Same with the roundel and the stripe on both that and the polo.

I think staff should be colour coded by line :D
I endorse this idea!
 

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Very difficult to colour code staff by line as staff other than drivers work on more than 1 line... King Cross St. Pancras station, for example, is a Metropolitan Line station. Therefore, staff working on the Victoria line platforms would be wearing Met Line polo's if they were to be colour coded.
 

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Changing rooms at strategically positioned points, so staff can change uniform for whatever line they're working on/nearest?

See? I think of everything...
 

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How about detachable colour strips/pockets/electrical tape/pinbadges?
 

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E-Ink panels with RFID readers to automatically recolour themselves!

I was thinking of Tron-Style neon piping... :lol:



(Package enhancing outfit optional...)
 
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Well it's different I'll say that, not sure I like it though. The jackets polo neck t-shirts look far too casual for the front line staff. I can also see what the designer is trying to achieve with the roundel and it is quite clever but what staff need is a smart, comfortable, practical and hard wearing uniform not something that looks like it belongs on a catwalk. ;)

I like the colour palette used however. :)
 

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The staff are in for a lot of leg-pulling if not worse.

I work at a trial station, (though I am not included in it myself), and I do know of some staff who are now refusing to wear the new kit because of the comments...
 

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I do wonder how much all this will cost, surely the money would be better spent improving services etc., is a new uniform really necessary.?
 
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