Just as you would choose the right tools for the job, it makes sense to kit yourself out in the most appropriate clothing for the work you’re undertaking. There is such a thing as the perfect pair of workwear trousers, but it does vary, so don’t expect a ‘one size fits all’ scenario.
A typical work day
Although no two days might be the same in your line of work, try to think of elements that are the same to determine as close as possible what a typical day at work is like for you, and therefore, how hardwearing your trousers will need to be. If you kneel a lot, for example, you might benefit from reinforced knee panels and also buying additional knee pads and protection. You might work a lot in different extremes of temperature, so choosing suitable fabric designed to withstand either very hot or very cold conditions would be very beneficial.
It’s hard to find ‘just a pair of trousers’ these days. All come with added features and functions designed to make your work easier. Think about what you need to carry to determine the sort of pockets or holsters you’ll need. Do you need waterproof or breathable fabric?
Depending on the type of work you do, you might need to abide by certain regulations. Your employer should be able to guide you, but if you are self-employed, make sure you stay on the right side of the law when it comes to workwear. After all, the rules are there to keep you safe. It might be that you need hi-vis panels or colours on your trousers or material that is waterproof. Matching the trousers to the conditions would be a great benefit.
Getting the right fit on any clothes is sensible so that they look right. When it comes to workwear, being particular about getting the right size is even more important and might even come to save your life – it’s about safety and style. Don’t be tempted to discount style altogether because these are just your work trousers. Tradesmen might be guilty of just picking up the first pair that fits, but it is worth spending a little time choosing the colour of your trousers and even matching or co-ordinating accessories or other clothing. It all helps to create your personal brand which is more valuable than you might think. Many tradesmen are client-facing, i.e. they deal first hand with their customer. What you’re wearing might be silently telling all sorts of tales about you and your work, even before you’ve opened your mouth. It is a very rare person who will overlook scruffy attire and still believe you will put 100% into the job they’ve just given you.
Look at your clothing as just another part of your personal protective equipment, like gloves or goggles, and it will quickly become part of business as usual. And, having dedicated workwear makes it easier to switch to ‘downtime’ when you finish.