Window clerks at post offices across the nation are wearing new, redesigned uniforms that Nancy Hardman, acting superintendent of station and branch operations at Salt Lake's Downtown Station, helped design.

Hardman, of Murray, a postal employee for the past 15 years, was supervisor of window service at the Pioneer Station in the Federal Building in Salt Lake City when she went to Washington, D.C., from March to July in 1987 to help develop a new window clerk training program for the U.S. Postal Service.During her stay in Washington, the Postal Service asked her to make suggestions for the design of a new uniform for men and women postal employees who work with the public.

When the new uniforms were made available to postal window clerks Nov. 1, she saw that several of her suggestions had been incorporated in the new designs.

The new uniform includes long- and short-sleeved white shirts and blouses with blue or red pinstripes, slacks, skirts, and blue or red neckties for men and blue or red crossover bows for women. Navy blue sweaters and sweater vests with red and white stripes will be ready for purchase in February, and jumpers will be available in April.

Patricia Nelson, West Valley City, said, "I really like the new uniform. It's more formal, more professional." Glen Robertson, Sandy, said, "I've had a lot of positive comments from customers. If I ever became a lawyer, I'd wear this new shirt," he said. "It looks great."

New uniforms for letter carriers are being designed and will be field tested throughout the winter before any final decision is made about styles and materials, postal officials said.