In case you haven't noticed, workwear is in, in a big way. Menswear stores are stocked to the brim with key utilitarian staples like worker jackets, Derby boots and selvedge jeans. But one of the workwear-inspired items we're most excited to add to our wardrobe right now is the humble carpenter trouser.
As their name suggests, carpenter pants and jeans were initially made for workers in the fields of carpentry and construction. As such, they're crafted from sturdy fabrics and feature practical details like tool pockets, hammer loops and durable rivets.
While carpenter pants still remain a staple of the professions they were initially intended for, their popularity has spread beyond these industries. Now, they've become widely adopted by the mainstream, beloved for their loose silhouette and versatile functionality. You'll find carpenter pants and jeans in a variety of interesting cuts and fabrics. Some stay true to the traditional style - i.e. cotton canvas or denim construction with the classic utility features – while others divert slightly for a more contemporary workwear-meets-streetwear take.
Whether you're a fully-fledged carpenter trouser devotee or yet to purchase your first pair, you're going to want to read our essential buying guide, which includes our pick of the best carpenter pants available at the moment.
How to wear carpenter pants
Due to their workwear roots, carpenter pants have a distinctly casual vibe, so you're probably not going to wear them to an important business meeting or formal event. We'd recommend embracing the relaxed nature of the trousers and running with a laidback look. Try teaming yours with high-top canvas trainers, a heavyweight tee and a baseball cap for an effortless off-duty look. This would also be a good opportunity to experiment with other workwear staples. Try adding an overshirt or heavy-duty canvas gilet to really amp up the utilitarian aesthetic.
The best carpenter pants for men in 2023
Axel Arigato Iron Pants
Swedish streetwear powerhouse Axel Arigato probably wouldn't strike you as a go-to for carpenter pants. The brand is more renowned for its chunky sneakers and Ivy League-inspired sweatshirts than workwear classics. But we're loving this edgy take on carpenter slacks. They feature traditional hallmarks like panelled stitching and reinforced pockets, but with the addition of Axel Arigato's signature luggage tag for that extra bit of street cred.
Closed X-Works Straight Jeans
German label Closed has garnered a reputation for its meticulously made premium denim staples. Fusing traditional craftsmanship techniques with cutting edge design, the brand produces jeans that beg to be lived in. Like this workwear-inspired pair. Crafted in Italy from strong, non-stretch denim (the majority of which is recycled), they boast a clean, dark look with contrasting details. The perfect piece to perk up an otherwise tired outfit.
Orgueil French Work Trousers Used Wash Blue
Drawing inspiration from 1920s French work trousers, these Japanese-made carpenter pants from Japanese workwear label Orguiel are crafted for a traditional fit, with a high rise and a wide silhouette. Construction is from an intricate herringbone twill in a faded blue wash that recalls the look of traditional French workwear garments. They feature original metal suspender buttons plus a single patch coin pocket and a cinch back.
Percival Utility Trousers
London label Percival are all about putting their own spin on menswear classics, which is exactly what they've done here. The brand's Utility Trousers offer a refined take on classic carpenter pants. They've done away with some of the key carpenter pant characteristics – you'll notice there are no tool loops, rivets or reinforced knees. However the inspiration is still very much evident. Thanks to their clean cut and sleek silhouette, these trousers could pass as appropriate office attire. Simply add a collared shirt and Derby shoes for an easy business-casual look.
Carhartt WIP Double Knee Pant
Founded in 1989 in Detroit, Carhartt is one of the original workwear brands. Its streetwear off-shoot label Carhartt WIP produces contemporary iterations of the label's classic garments, like these work pant-inspired trousers. Crafted from heavyweight stone-washed denim, they're cut for a flattering straight-leg fit. Double-layer knees provide extra fortification, while bartack stitching, rivet details, tool pockets, and a hammer loop offer a nod to their workwear influences.
Levi's Stay Loose Carpenter Pants
Levi's never sets a foot wrong when it comes to denim, so you can guarantee that these carpenter jeans will quickly become a favourite. Their baggy fit and utilitarian detailing lends them a rugged vibe. Crafted from 100% cotton, they're made for utmost durability. Team them with an oversized heavyweight hoodie and worn-in sneakers for a fail-safe weekend look.
Toast Cotton Linen Carpenter Trousers
These carpenter trousers from Toast offer the versatility and functionality of classic carpenter pants, but with elevated style. Crafted from a luxurious blend of cotton and linen, they're slightly more lightweight in construction than standard carpenter pants. Style them with leather trainers and a crisp white T-shirt for a simple smart-casual look.
Dickies Duck Carpenter Pant
Dickies is another workwear OG that we have to thank for many of today's workwear staples, including carpenter pants. This particular pair is specially made for tradespeople, constructed from ultra-tough 10oz duck canvas with tool pockets and a utility hammer loop. The ultimate carpenter pants, whether you're working hard or hardly working.
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