Featuring (from left to right, top to bottom): Jessica, Cas, Ker, Alicia, Rahman, Wei Choong
Propelled by its increasing prominence in Japanese streetstyle and a resurgence of interest in Americana heritage, workwear has been slowly making a comeback over the past few years, though its reception locally has been lukewarm at best. While most of us thankfully no longer need to dress for hard labour, incorporating a rugged touch can be a way to add some fun into your daily getup. Built for physical work, workwear items commonly come in relaxed and oversized fits and are made of hard-wearing, textured fabrics like heavy cotton or denim twill. Pieces such as boiler suits, overalls, dungarees, and chore coats are staples in workwear, and their distinctive features like bellow pockets and rivets lend an industrial inspiration. If you’re looking to add some edge to your look, a gradual approach is fine—pieces typically come in neutral and earth tones, which should make them easier to pair with other items.
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