Men Strike it Lucky
Unlike the ubiquitously uncomfortable and non-utilitarian workwear women are bullied into shoehorning themselves into every morning, popular and enduring workwear for men tends to lean towards styles which are not only easy to wear, but are also practical and useful for purpose.
Fabrics are generally matte, with dark denims, thick wool and waxed cotton popular choices for pieces which are not show-off or flashy but instead will weather the test of time and take on a character of their own over the years.
According to Scott Christian of Esquire magazine, Chambray is a modern, lighter weight alternative to denim and is becoming a modern must have item. He recommends pairing with dark chinos and a pair of loafers for a timeless look.
Since menswear has a licence for comfort and function, workwear can simply go easy on the fit – just as a fisherman’s pants are actually cut extra wide to allow for turning up when entering and leaving the water, ensure that your pick of workwear is practical and fit for the task in hand.
Colour should be approached with care and caution. Traditionally, workwear has erred on the side of neutral tones such as brown, navy and black. However, mixing it up with a pop of colour helps break up this monotonous palette. For example, dark blue denim jeans worn with a heavy navy knitted cardigan or paired with a pale pink shirt such as the short sleeve button down from Farah shirts at https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah will help you to look a little different without being too try-hard.
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Cargo pants – the nineties staple which propped up every man’s wardrobe back in the day – have returned. Make sure to wear a loose fit with a visible hem, and team up with a pair of classic trainers and smart shirt. On top, jersey knit button down shirts are a newcomer which will save you from dress shirts, which can make you feel stiff and unable to move. Made from a similar material as that found in some bedsheets, jersey knit shirts feel more like a casual sweatshirt than a formal works shirt, but will still have any hard to please boss bowing down to you in the style stakes.