Essential Workwear for a Hands-On Job
There are shortcuts to just about everything these days. When it comes down to it, the best work comes from getting hands-on and putting your heart and soul into it.
This is true for landscaping, construction, and even the work of forest rangers who survey, study, and protect our parks.
Regardless of the type of work you’re doing, if you have a job ahead of you that requires hands-on effort, you need to dress the part.
Here are the essential pieces of workwear that you should have on hand to keep you safe, comfortable, and efficient all day long.
Clothing You Can Layer
Whether you’re working winters, summers, or every time in between, you need clothing that you can layer.
This makes for a versatile, functional work outfit that will follow you through the seasons.
Layers also mean that you can shed an outer shirt as the day turns hot and put it back on when the evening cools down, allowing you to make the most of every moment.
When searching for clothing, you should always pay attention to three main factors: the features, the fit, and the material. All three of these aspects are of equal importance when it comes to workwear. Just think about the needs of the job.
If you’re going to be outside in bad weather, layers will help you stay warm but the material of your outerwear is what will protect you from the rain, snow, or mud.
Likewise, key features–such as a deep zip pocket to securely hold your phone — will enable you to remain productive even while your hands are busy juggling your responsibilities.
No outfit is complete without some key accessories. Depending on the needs of the job, your accessories may include a hard hat.
Sometimes, a simple baseball cap to keep the sun off your face.
Likewise, sunglasses may need to be traded in for safety glasses — or vice versa. The fact is, no work outfit would be truly complete unless you cover all your bases.
When assembling a work outfit, you can never overlook your feet. Oftentimes, our feet get the brunt of it when we’re out working.
Aside from carrying us all day, they are often at the most risk of injury — especially if you’re wearing the wrong footwear.
In fact, wearing the wrong footwear can actually lead to injury due to poor traction and slipping or tripping hazards.
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When picking out high-quality work boot, opt for a pair that fits your size, style, and feature requirements. For instance, you may need a boot that’s slip-resistant, flame resistant, or even has an electrical hazard rating.
Or, you may need something as simple as a steel-toe design. Whatever the case may be, always opt for boots that fit your feet and the work at hand.
Find the Perfect Work Outfit
No matter where your work takes you, be certain that you have yourself prepared and protected from head-to-toe.
Opt for breathable, durable, quality clothing.
If you choose it right, your workwear will last you year after year, even as the seasons change.
What essential workwear for a hands-on job do you recommend?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.