Tradies have it pretty rough (and simple) when it comes to workplace style. High-vis shirt? Check. Ruggers? Check? Steel cap boots? Yep.
Which is why finding the perfect offsite style is incredibly important and rewarding: fashionably masculine and easy-to-do being the two main criteria for the token tradie.
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Think ‘refined ruggedness’: a rustic checked shirt, selvedge denim jeans and desert boots (a far mor refined version of Blundstones) winter essentials when worn with a cable knit sweater. The tradie outerwear staple? The shirtjacket; versatile and practical, worn open as a layering piece or closed for extra warmth.
For summer, look to a plain white tee and lightweight cotton cargoes, but think more streamlined with minimal pocket detailing and teamed with Steve Mcqueen-inspired canvas sneakers, for comfortable and classic footwear. Pack it all away with a tan suede and leather bucket backpack for break-away time. Speaking of which, when’s smoko?
Click through the slideshow for 11 essential items for the style-conscious tradie.