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INSPIRATION AND ADVICE

SUMMER WORKWEAR STYLE

By Sam Higgins, August 6, 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 labor. We’ve taken a look at four pieces of workwear that have been been revitalized of late, ready to become key pieces in your summer clothing arsenal.
summer workwear style: dungarees, overalls, boiler suit, trucker cap, DHL vetements

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Boiler suit

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 get-up 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.

summer workwear style: dungarees, overalls, boiler suit, trucker cap, DHL vetements

Picture: The Urban Spotter

Trucker cap

We’ve seen howthe 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 accessorizing, and although they might not be traveling in an actual truck, the large-domed cap is still their go-to when clocking serious miles across the globe.
summer workwear style: dungarees, overalls, boiler suit, trucker cap, DHL vetements

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Overalls

Much like the boiler suit, overalls 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 'fit and breathed new life in to it via a range of varying fabrics and colors, the overalls 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.
summer workwear style: dungarees, overalls, boiler suit, trucker cap, DHL vetements

Picture: The Urban Spotter

DHL jacket

It hasn’t been without controversy but, in the past few seasons, designers have taken an ever-more-literal interpretation of workwear, utilizing 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 get-up, 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.

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