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Worker uniformity, then and now

Worker uniformity, then and now

The evolution of restaurant employee style

Our in-depth look at teens flaunts the White Castle fashion of today where employees sport T-shirts by Telfar, the designer known for his unisex clothing and love for the Castle (the restaurant has frequently catered his fashion shows). The modern look is all about “comfort and style,” Jamie Richardson, a VP for the brand, said at the time of the uniform launch.

But around 1950, when this guide was distributed to employees, the uniform and the company’s direction for dress were considerably more rigid — crisp, white button downs, a clean shave and trimmed hair were required. A lot has changed, but some mandates, such as to correct bad breath and have no body odor, stand the test of time.

This is part of Teen Vision, a special report about how this generation works, eats and plays.

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