INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
SUMMER WORKWEAR STYLE
By Sam Higgins, 3 August 2017
Although much of our wardrobe derives from military roots, a growing proportion of our clothing takes influence from classic workwear. We’re not talking shirt and tie, here – more the hard-wearing uniforms of manual labour. We’ve taken a look at four pieces of workwear that have been been revitalised of late, ready to become key pieces in your summer clothing arsenal.
Long gone are the days in which a boiler suit’s only purpose was to shield your good clothes from ruin. Erase mental imagery of greasy garages and makeshift Halloween costumes and, instead, consider the all-in-one as one of the biggest sartorial statements you can don. Granted, pulling off an overalls-only getup is not a simple feat for fellas by any means, but keep everything simple and monotone like this guy did here, and you’ll give yourself the best chance of nailing it this summer.
We’ve seen how the cap has evolved from a practical necessity into a stand-alone accessory, but it's the trucker style that has won the approval of stylish A-listers’ heads recently, retrieving the mesh-backed style from its post-early-2000s-hipster obscurity. Justin Bieber and Brooklyn Beckham, for example, are regular exponents of trucker-esque accessorising, and although they might not be travelling in a HGV, the large-domed cap is still their go-to when clocking serious miles across the globe.
Much like the boiler suit, dungarees are a sartorial challenge reserved for only the bravest dressers. But should you manage to pull off the overall’s summer-ready cousin, there’ll be no competition for best-dressed. After 90s hip-hop icons took the farming kit and breathed new life in to it via a range of varying fabrics and colours, the dungarees have returned sporting just as many pockets for paintbrushes but now with a more fitted feel. Pair them with a simple white tee in hotter weather, or on chillier days, take inspiration from this street-style hero and throw one on as an added cool component to an everyday streetwear 'fit.
It hasn’t been without controversy but, in the past few seasons, designers have taken an ever-more-literal interpretation of workwear, utilising brand logos on uniform staples to create designer replicas. Take Off-White's Royal Mail shirt and – most popularly – Vetements' DHL tee and jacket as two examples of fashion ‘referencing’ being pushed to the extreme. The Vetements piece’s unexpectedness is its strong point and when worn as the statement component of an otherwise minimal, muted getup, it’ll stand out majestically. Just don’t mistake your delivery person for a peacocking street-styler in a £300 T-shirt when they arrive to drop off your new top.