Durable work clothing
The clothes you wear to do chores and outdoor work should be considered as the right tools to get the job done. Rugged clothing should last a long time, but also be comfortable.
Photo courtesy Duluth Trading Company
Radio interview source: Stephanie Pugliese, Senior Vice President, Duluth Trading Company
My favorite chore clothes are coveralls that I pull over my clothes. In winter, they are insulated, and in the spring and fall, I have coveralls in a lighter fabric. In summer, there is no set chore outfit. But you have to have long pants for baling hay and wrestling sheep.
Stephanie Pugliese is the senior vice president of a work clothing company. She says you need to consider what you wear as part of your equipment to get the job done right. Look for apparel made with rugged material.
"There's a great fire hose material, it's a canvas weave, it's a double weave, so you've got an extra durability to the fabric," she says. "We treat that fabric with a Teflon coating so it resists stains, resists water, and just allows you to stay a little bit more comfortable and more protected when you're out. Especially if you're doing things where there are some sharp edges, or thorny conditions."
Your garments should be put together well, especially the stitching on the seams. The last thing you want to hear is that tell-tale rip when you bend over.
"The most important seams, things like the saddle of the pant, the sides of the legs, the arm stitching, we do a triple-needle stitch," says Pugliese. "Generally speaking, when you're getting just regular clothes, you're either getting a single-needle or a double-needle. We add that third layer of stitching to make sure that those seams are really going to hold up."
Look for shirts with plenty of give in the arms. There may be pleating in the back or special gussets to give you free range-of-motion, and allow you to lift up without pulling the shirt out of your waist band. Your pants should have some stretchiness so they move with you without bunching or constricting.
Another consideration is pockets. You want plenty of them, so you can carry what you need and keep your hands free.
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