James Whitaker, marketing director at Dickies, shares his top tips on choosing workwear this winter
Working outside in the elements can prove a real challenge, but with the right clothing and footwear, you’ll have the comfort and protection you need to focus on the job in hand. Here’s my advice on what to include in your workwear wardrobe to support you on-site this winter:
Regardless of your working environment, clothing that fits well but also allows you to move freely is key to keeping warm and comfortable.
We’re launching a number of new workwear items for the winter 2019-20 season, which incorporate new fabric designed to improve the flexibility and comfort of our clothing. This includes the Universal FLEX Trouser, engineered with our new FLEX fabric for enhanced mobility. Designed in a slim fit style, the trouser features FLEX fabric panels in key places such as the back of the calves and in the waistband.
Today’s footwear designs offer features to maximise comfort regardless of weather conditions, such as breathable textile lining and waterproof membranes.
Look for details such as padded uppers and cushioned footbeds for added comfort – something you’ll be grateful for when on your feet all day.
As an example, our Medway Safety Hiker boot is particularly popular among builders looking for comfort, without compromising on protection. With 3MTM ThinsulateTM insulation and water-resistant to S3 WR HRO SRA approved standards, the heel is shock absorbent, easing the punishment of busy feet on rough ground.
Trapping body heat by adding a thin thermal layer under your workwear is a tried and tested way to keep warm in cold conditions. For construction workers who often spend their days working in both indoor and outdoor environments, look for options such as the Dickies Atwood as a starting point – this forms part of Dickies’ thermal baselayer range, but the iconic Dickies logo and contrasting seam stitching make it a stylish option in its own right should you need to remove outer layers.
Similarly, investing in a good mid-layer will keep the body’s core temperature stable while adding versatility to your outfit. A fleece or padded bodywarmer should fit comfortably under any outerwear and can be worn as a final layer on their own on milder days, or when working in colder indoor environments.
Visibility is a priority for anyone working outside in reduced daylight and there are jackets available in a range of styles that fit all safety regulations relating to high visibility, while also protecting you from the elements. For example, the Dickies High Visibility Two Tone Parka Jacket workwear is ideal for keeping dry in wet weather conditions.
The right accessories can go a long way towards keeping you warm and comfortable.
A neck gaiter is a simple, yet a smart option for keeping your neck warm on-site, while a good pair of thermal socks can make a big difference to your comfort levels. Our own range includes the Arctic style, which has a 1.5 tog rating.
Functional, practical workwear that makes your job as comfortable and safe as possible is a must in winter and, by following these tips, you should have everything you need to get you through the colder months on site.
For more information, visit www.dickiesworkwear.com.