INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
STYLISH WORKWEAR LOOKS
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 13 September 2018
From MSGM to Band Of Outsiders, workwear cuts were all over the AW18 menswear catwalks. The classic worker jacket is always a sturdy layer of choice when the cold weather hits, and now work pants have surged in popularity due to the hype around skater style. So, if you’re up for adding utilitarian pieces to your wardrobe in preparation for the season ahead, check out these on-point street-stylers for inspiration.
If you’re tired of your Breton-stripe tees but want to wear something more flavoursome than a plain white T-shirt, then it’s time to up your supply of graphic-print tops. Copy this street-styler and use the colours of the illustration on your tee as the starting point for the rest of your outfit – notice how his cargo trousers feature the earthy tones of his T-shirt. He rounds it off with a dark-brown belt and black tote for ultra-functional vibes.
Not quite ready to let your summer stripes go completely? All good, cause this fella’s got style tips on how to take the pattern into autumn/winter. He opts for dungarees in a similar shade to the stripes and fortifies himself against the lower temps with a black beanie hat. Top tip: throw a Harrington jacket into the mix if it’s chilly out. To complete his look, an on-trend cross-body bag and Comme des Garçons Converse keep his ensemble relaxed yet road-ready.
At the AW18 MSGM menswear show, utilitarian co-ords reigned supreme. This chap was clearly paying attention, as he’s decided to compile a matching set of his own. Opting for a classic French worker jacket, or bleu de travail, he chooses a pair of slim-fit jeans in a corresponding wash. Underneath his outer layer, he wears an inky-blue shirt, convincing us that rocking triple denim is a feasible sartorial move. To finish, an Indiana Jones-style fedora, clear-framed glasses and zig-zag-print socks add an eccentric touch to his tonal getup.
Donning a full boiler suit is a bold move that’s not for the sartorially faint-hearted. But this street-styler knows that the trick to rocking one is to consider your colour palette. With a black tee as her base layer, she matches an all-grey boiler suit with a tonal structural gilet for a look that's both futuristic and functional. Grey lace-up boots and a black Chanel bag slot in nicely, while a pair of workman goggles-turned-sunglasses in a shocking pink inject some unexpected colour.
It’s not hard to spot a coordinating couple at fashion week, and we like to think this pair definitely briefed each other on their look for the day. Sticking to structural garms in khaki and camel tones, the guy on the left pairs his multi-pocketed jacket with a sweeping trench for a lesson in autumnal layering. Meanwhile, his sidekick nails that ‘when you’ve got an office meeting at 9am but have to hit the factory at 10am’ look by combining a suit jacket with dungarees. Work it, lads.