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HOW TO WEAR WORKWEAR FOR SS18

By Matt Glazebrook, 25 February 2018

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 Utilitarian Retro Workwear For SS18 | ASOS

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.

How To Wear Utilitarian Retro Workwear For SS18 | ASOS

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.

How To Wear Utilitarian Retro Workwear For SS18 | ASOS

The golden age of workwear

Big pocketed, boxy and satisfyingly simple, the classic worker (or chore) jacket is a solid spring staple. This bold wool version brings a touch of cutting-edge to a classic template with its on-trend emergency orange colourway.

How To Wear Utilitarian Retro Workwear For SS18 | ASOS

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.

How To Wear Utilitarian Retro Workwear For SS18 | ASOS

On stripe in the 70s

This monochrome getup takes a couple of timeless, utilitarian pieces – the nautical-but-nice breton top and the shopfloor-standard worker jacket – and gives them an off-duty edge with some 70s-influenced flair.

How To Wear Utilitarian Retro Workwear For SS18 | ASOS

Pictures: ASOS, Styled by Joshua Gilmore

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.

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