High visibility apparel is a type of personal protective equipment -- a clothing that has highly reflective properties or a color and is easily discernible from any background. Manufacturing of this kind of apparels began in 1964 in the UK. Nowadays, with focus on workers’ security production and demand have increased steadily.
High visibility apparel provides style, comfort and above all safety and protection for workers. This kind of a rise in high visibility apparel can lead to various factors like rapid industrialization in developing countries mainly in Asia and Africa, advances in wearable technology, and the use of environmental friendly products like (recycled polyester and golf jacket fabric) and bringing stringent legislation. Stringent legislations have increased awareness among larger audience and led to safety campaigns which have augmented awareness.
Wearable technology is becoming increasingly prominent in high visibility apparel as a result of recent technological developments in this area—including washable high visibility garments which incorporate light emitting diodes (LEDs). Garments that provides high level of comfort and equal protection is in great demand.
Fashion wear, promotional apparel, recreational wear, sportswear and even pet wear are some of the high visibility apparel in use. The trend has increased with a number of companies turning making high visibility T-shirts, joggers, tights etc.