Workwear and functional clothing has an appeal not lost on many of the world’s premiere menswear designers. Multiple pockets, hard-wearing fabrics and boxy cuts result in comfortable garments that not only look good and last, but also serve a purpose.
From worker jackets to overshirts and chinos, workwear was initially designed for those in manual jobs who required clothing they could rely on to do their job. But today, workwear is the go-to style of dressing for those who value comfortable, easy style that is suitable for both work and play. If you’re looking to build a workwear-inspired wardrobe, or you want to add to your existing collection, here’s where to begin.
If there’s one garment to steal from the canon of workwear clothing, it’s the overshirt. A versatile piece which usually features two large chest pockets, a boxy cut and squared off hem, the overshirt can be layered effectively or worn on its own over chinos and a T-shirt.
This Percival take is cut from a windowpane flannel and made in London, offering a statement piece that’ll work perfectly as part of a tonal blue look.
While more closely associated with the military, cargo trousers offer a contemporary take on workwear style, with their large flat pockets and wider-than-usual cut.
This Forét pair is made from a heavyweight herringbone cotton, woven to last and take on a unique patina with time. Incredibly easy to wear and the perfect accompaniment to brown leather boots, these trousers are both a stylish and practical alternative to regular chinos.
Perhaps the definitive workwear garment, the worker jacket or chore coat as it’s sometimes known has transcended its original purpose and become a modern day menswear staple.
Originally designed for factory workers in France, the worker jacket is usually constructed from hard wearing cotton twill, and features patch pockets up front. Unrecorded’s take is classic in design and even comes in a bright blue hue - an homage to the French worker jackets of day’s goneby.
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