Workwear: The Definitive Guide This Rustic-Style

by | November 17, 2018

A few clothes have humble beginnings. Historically, the style rules were dictated by the aristocracy. Until today, the cliché “dress for the job you want”, it advocates the rise to the ranks of the powerful elite. And in the reverse path, we have the clothes workwear.

Workwear The Definitive Guide This Rustic-Style

Famous for durability, the source of workwear is not stylish or elegant. Are utility clothing, made for carpenters, stevedores, fishermen, and other professions blue collar. With time, this type of clothing made the transition to the wardrobe of the contemporary man, probably thanks to their practicality. In the last deca, especially, it has become fashionable.

Really, if you want to develop a differentiated style, the workwear is a good starting point. Unlike tailoring, which is another common recommendation, it fits well in the casual lifestyle that most people have. Are classics with history, and therefore nearly immune to trends. To complete, it is easy to dress up, since it does not demand lot of care. After all, it is the best when it is threadbare.

What is the Workwear

The Sun rising over wheat fields, lighting huts, dusty and doors rusted. Grains in the wind, pine forests, muddy boots and faces multiple men strive for the prosperity.

The workwear is a style utility inspired by the traditional clothing of work, usually of the United States. The appeal is in the simplicity and purpose that the clothes had in the past.

This style encompasses the ideals of american values. Every cut, every stitch, every pocket and every tissue is a tribute that invokes the hardships of the workers are blue collar. Passes reliability and feel that the hard work is the key to the american dream. It is not for nothing that lived its peak in the male fashion during the 2008 crisis.

The lack of elegance is what makes this style so attractive. Is the anti-establishment, the fight against “the man” and the battle for freedom. The nostalgia takes the form of the myth, the american: the self-made man, the fighter who won the that has with a lot of sweat.

But this aesthetic goes beyond replicating archetypes of american. She argues the ideal of absolute quality. In the era of mass production, the workwear has emerged in fashion as a change. Yes, it is clear that even products made by hand are created for consumption, but the workwear is a plea for a consumer other than to raise the banner of the manufacturing process.

Who did? How was it done? Where was it made? What fabrics are used? Where these fabrics were made? It was hand-made? It was made in a factory? Someone paid attention to each small detail? It was just more a product passing through the hands disengaged in the production line? These are some of the questions that pass in the head of those who appreciate the style. Many times, these responses form the central point in the purchase decision, surpassing the importance of design.

The ideals of quality are not reflected only in the clothes of the person, but in his whole life. The passion for quality is reflected in all places. So, you may not be correct to refer to the workwear as only an aesthetic, but as an ideal.

Details that differentiate this style

Here are some tips for you to get to know this style. As I said, the manufacturing is as important as the design. There are a few aspects of quality that people usually pay attention. I will list some of the main.

If you already know all this, great. Scroll down a bit more to the end of the text, where we’ll talk about some of the ideas less conventional.

The trim of the clothes

The trim style workwear tends to be wider. Just think about it…the ease of movement was important: the guy needed to cut wood, to harvest and mount a horse wearing clothing.

No one would buy jeans or a shirt cambraia to get cute. They need only be useful and to cope with the job.

The shirts are wide and made in fabrics strong. The pants are wide, or with straight legs. The jackets, are also great. They needed to have enough space to accommodate multiple layers without interfering with mobility.

This is not to say that there is no space for modern cuts, more adjusted. In fact, most of the times, is an alternative that draws less attention and is easier to combine. Who is beginning to explore the visual, is more comfortable wearing updates modern.

I prefer to be in the middle of the path, as the images above. Clothing that is too broad run the risk of being awkward, and clothing that is too fair to belong to a band teen on the MTV Awards.

The colors and textures

Obviously, the textures prevalent in the materials are frosted. Cotton twill, wool, heavy, denim, indigo, flannel soft, cambraia, linen rumpled, suede rough out leather, oilcloth, and canvas waxed. These fabrics do not shine, are discrete and absorb the signs of use and time.

The colors of workwear tend to neutral tones, such as navy blue, khaki, olive green, leaden grey and brown. These colors can be combined among themselves or to prepare the base for an item colorful, to break the palette. I’m talking about, for example, a red tricot or a jacket mustard, combined with the indigo dark jeans, gross.

The local production

Usually, the fans of the workwear are a bit on the patriots. Americans like products made in the United States, but Japan is also valued for being the largest centre in retro style with american inspiration. The brands most detail-oriented are there.

In general, clothing made in countries of the “first world” are more valued because of labor conditions supposedly the best, but the good quality can be in any country.

The tissues

In general, the fabrics are heavier and they follow the ideas of texture and colors that I talked about above. In addition to the aesthetics, the attention to manufacturing, and even the taste for imperfections, also appears.

If you’re used to reading my posts about raw denim, you already know that the fabric is an important aspect. It is not only the denim, but any other fabric and material (leather also). Where and how they were made, if you have something special in the process, in the long journey of the transformation of a yarn in clothes, all of these are important aspects.

Again, Japan comes to the front. The reason is that they use traditional techniques and are very detail-oriented. In denim, features such as slubiness, textures and irregularities in the fabric are an important point.

The Cone Mills is also a producer of jeans highly sought after. They are one of the few and oldest producers of denim in the United States that still manufacture jeans selvedge.

The construction

The brands often advertise that their clothes are “single stitch,” “double stitch” or “triple stitch”. Are talking about the number of needles of the sewing machine.

The plain stitching (single stitch) is made by a machine that makes a single row of points. It is necessary to go back and sew again to do any other detail. Or the jeans which have seams parallel made by machines single stitch require huge attention and care.

The jeans above is all sewn with a single needle, then all the parallel lines were made one at a time.

Machines needles double or triple bonds make two or three parallel points at the same time, with the lines perfectly aligned. The double stitching or triple facilitates the process and contributes to the durability (I think), since it makes points more uniform. The shirt above has double stitching on the pocket and triple on the shoulder.

Here are all of the construction techniques. The workwear if it matters to know if a boot is goodyear welted or blaqueada, if the sewing of the bar of the jeans is made with chain stitch, and so on.

Design – Creation of original vs Reproduction of the past

There are products workwear that are reproductions and others are original ideas.

The reproductions are carefully re-created based on exemplary vintage. Goes far beyond color and cut, and involves the trims (buttons, zipper), fabric, and the whole process. The Levi’s Vintage Clothing is an example. Another excellent example is the Real McCoys, with hundreds of military parts carefully recreated up to the last tooth of the zipper.

The original parts from brands like Mister Freedom and Freewheelers, seek to add innovation and creativity to the classics of this universe. The designs are unique, but the clothes could have existed in another era. It is an imagination that arises at the thought of a stylist in the past, and works with the reality of that moment.

Has many other quality details that people give, but these are some of the points explored by the marks in the descriptions of the product, and what is usually taken into account at the time of the customer to choose.

The basic clothing style Workwear

The basic concepts of the “trend” of the workwear are so easy to adopt because they have a lot of synergy. Denim always looks great with boots and flannel shirts. It is not difficult to master the style, and the more you use, the better. Has longevity to spare, the changes in the jeans and on the leather over time will only let the clothes even more beautiful.

In addition, all these outfits are already used individually for other styles. Mixtures of workwear has also been continuously adopted by many subcultures for years (skaters, punks, hip-hop, to name a few). The designs of most classics have already lost the real utility in the environment of heavy work modern. It is easier for you this style in a developer of the web, than in a factory. What I mean is that no one will wonder at these clothes, so it is easy for you to try.

In the days of today, the initial aesthetic of workwear consists of some basic clothing. They serve as a base for any combination, that should always be relaxed and comfortable. This is my list of parts for you to put your foot on workwear:


The first option are the boots. You purchase a good boot from one hundred and fifty dollars. If your budget is lower, there are options national with the cool look but that leave to be desired in the construction and in the materials.

The United States has several of the best brands of boots with visual worker, going from Thorogood ($150), $300 Red Wing, up to more than $ 500 from brands like White’s Boots and Viberg.

Prioritize a model in dark brown, because they are more versatile.

Shoes look more heavy or a past linked to workwear, such as the brogue, are also a good option. Another pretty cool idea the models are “zip-lining” of Paraboot, and a few derbies more casual. These three styles appear in the photo above.

Until now I just talked boot and shoe heavy, but a moccasin-style camping (camp moc) is a cool idea for the summer. The LL Bean, Oakstreet Bootmaker, New England Outerwear, and Russell Moccasinmake a legal.

Really there is no need to keep the look heavy on the feet. Some tennis shoes which blend well with the aesthetics of workwear are:

Shoes canvas, ranging from the Chuck Taylor, even the reproductions of brands such as John Lofgren and versions minimalist the Shoes Like Pottery.

– The classic models of New Balance and other runners with expensive vintage.

An option that is more “comfortable” that also goes well with the style are the most controversial Birkenstocks.

Shirts and Jackets

The shirts workwear usually have details utilities (many pockets), parting wider, and be made with fabrics full-bodied.

For starters, you can look for:

  • White t-shirt
  • Shirt cambraia – Here in Brazil, the Breaknecksand the Dion Ochner make one legal.
  • Flannel shirt/plaid
  • Denim shirt

The jackets workwear are dysfunctional. Dress coat worker does not mean denim jacket by Levi s. There are many options of jackets of work and a piece very little used, because the majority of people connects it to the formal, it is the blazer. There are options of blazers are too good to combine with clothes workwear, and if you look at pictures of factories and old will see that the staff went aligned!

  • Chore Jacket (Jacket worker) – Dion Ochner is a legal
  • Parkas and other jackets military classicadapt well to use on a day-to-day
  • Blazers casual cuts and details utilities, such as the sack coats