Workwear wearers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains. And your pocket squares, scarves and any other unnecessary embellishment. Clean, simple, rugged cuts from apparel brands like Carhartt and Dickies have been doing some serious heavy-lifting in the streetwear scene for a few seasons now. For your spring shift, here’s how to power up your proletarian pieces with some retro styling ideas.
HOW TO WEAR WORKWEAR FOR SS18
By Matt Glazebrook, 25 February 2018
90s 9 to 5
True carpenter pants feature extra pockets and a hammer loop to accommodate the tools of the trade. But, if you aren’t actually planning any woodworking adventures, then this 90s-style pair – that replicates the indigo wash and contrast stitching of joiner’s jeans – might do the job.
Retro dad trainers are the workhorses of the footwear scene, so these comfy, old-school Nike Air Vortex sneakers are a solid base from which to build any hard-grafting getup. Layer up a down-to-earth burgundy button-through with a striped, half-zip T-shirt in mustard for a tonal touch up top.
Balance out your high-vis top half with some 50s-flavoured basics down below: mid-washed, straight-leg jeans with a cuff, white socks and functional, chunky-soled Derbies – AKA ‘Postman shoes’, popularised by American mailmen in the post-war era.
Velvety corduroy upgrades the chore coat, pin-stripe cropped trousers bring a modish print-clash, and round-toe Chelsea boots find the happy middle-ground between dandy form and stompy function. Nice.