Unlikely Style Icons: The Work Jacket

Unlikely Style Icons: The Work Jacket

Unlikely Style Icons: The Work Jacket

As machines got bigger and tools got larger and the world shifted towards an industrial revolution, the need for practical garments grew also.

With workwear jackets, the devil’s in the details. From first glance, it looks just simple and straight forward. Which isn’t always a bad thing. However, every stitch, every detail, every measurement made is considered. From the loose fitting upper pockets that are almost always sewn through front facing to add support and strength or the very few fastenings and buttons used simply to avoid any chance of the worker getting caught in a machine and avoid something very unsightly taking place. With banana shaped collars for comfort for when labourers were bending down in the fields and deeper cuffs for harder wearing sleeves, the versatility of the jacket made it appropriate enough for any situation.

It’s all about utility and effectiveness. Much like the machines the men of Paris were working on, it’s ensuring the worker is as oiled as possible to do his job.

Previously a uniform for the many, the workwear jacket will last a lifetime with its diversity and durability an important selling point. It is now a sartorial choice and wardrobe staple worn by the likes of world-famous fashion photographer Bill Cunningham to British gardening guru Monty Don.

If that’s not versatile, we’re not sure what is.