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Most service-industry positions come with a uniform. If not a prescribed one (think flight attendants and postal workers) then a suggested one (the all-black attire of waitstaff; the aprons donned by baristas). Still, Asheville manages to make work wear not so, well, uniform after all.

• The staff at the Chocolate Fetish (36 Haywood St., Asheville) always seem to having a good time. Could it be the hats?

• Behind the counter at Caffiend (120 Merrimon Ave., Asheville): forget the apron, it would hide the studded belt.

• Free from the daily grind, traveling street performers trade hair nets for face paint.

• Gearing up for dinner service at Cafe on the Square (1 Biltmore Ave., Asheville), a green tie breaks the monotone.

Try this on

Love the idea of making your own clothes, but not sure where to start? The Costume Shoppe (243 Haywood St., Asheville, 252-8404) offers classes on the basics and more complex aspects of sewing. Coming up: Make your own panties, July 18, 7-10 p.m. ($45) and form-making workshop, July 24, noon-3 p.m. ($40). To learn more or request a specific class, contact Amy at 252-8404 or

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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