It is estimated that there are approximately 33,000 female tradespeople working in the UK – an increase of 150% compared to 2009, so why are women so often ignored when it comes to workwear? Here, Sharon Crossan, PRO RTX product manager, discusses women’s workwear options.
Q) Is there a demand for womenswear in this market?
Over the past few years there has been a demand for not only practical workwear, but workwear that looks and feels good. At PRO RTX we have recognised this trend in workwear and we focus on a modern but functional fit for all uniform garments we produce.
Many of our styles are unisex fit, however certain styles require a fit that is more tailored to women’s shapes to allow them to not only feel comfortable, but know that they look good too.
Q) What do you offer women in this market?
All products in our workwear range across PRO RTX and PRO RTX High Visibility are made to a unisex fit – from fleece, to high visibility waistcoats, shorts and trousers. The RX101F Ladies Pro Polo is our most popular option for women – it’s available from XS-4XL and we are adding new colours for 2021. The RX105F Ladies Pro Polyester Polo is fashioned from a piqué knit, enhancing quality and durability and is made in a feminine and modern fit. Our third most popular option is the quality RX500F Ladies Pro 2 Layer Softshell Jacket ideal for keeping warm outdoors whilst creating a smart and professional uniform look.
Q) Could more be done for female workers in this market?
We are always looking for ways to improve our product offering and this includes women’s fit. Each year we review trends and feedback in order to consider expanding our offering in any areas where there is demand for a certain style or fit. We are launching three new colours in the RX101F Ladies Pro Polo in 2021 and this was as a direct result of feedback from our PRO RTX customers.