Our Gear Editor's Favorite Men's Workwear Tops
April 8, 2019 | By Jeremy Rellosa
For supreme durability and warmth, grab one of these.
While workwear is great for tough jobs, it can be cumbersome in everyday situations. Most shirts and jackets provide little insulation and are made of stiff, uncomfortable fabrics. Plus, the baggy cuts don’t fit in anywhere save the job site. But that’s changing. Now companies are making workwear infused with the latest tech to keep you comfortable, warm, and looking sharp.
1620 Workwear Stretch NYCO Shirt Jacket ($198)
Best For: Layering
Think of this shacket as a bombproof shell: you wear it like a shield to protect the layers underneath from getting worked by the elements. The designers at 1620 Workwear used a thick 14-ounce cut of the brand’s signature Stretch NYCO fabric and blended it with burly Cordura. The company claims the combination is ten times more abrasion resistant than cotton—and I believe them. It withstood flames, bike grease, water from leaky pipes, and a barrage of wood splinters. And while it isn’t fully waterproof, it still sheds liquids and resists staining, thanks to the DWR finish.
Check out the full review here.
WAIST MEASUREMENT - Use a measuring tape to measure the waist circumference of your favorite pair of workpants. All pants tend to stretch out over time so that 32 or 34 you have been wearing might actually be slightly bigger than what the tag says. You can then refer to the waist measurement chart below to pick the perfect waist size. If your measurements are in between sizes we recommend sizing up
INSEAM LENGTH - We hem all of our pants to order so you can have the perfect length on all of your 1620 pants. The easiest way to measure inseam is to grab a pair of pants that fit well and lay them flat on the floor. With a measuring tape, measure the length from the crotch to the bottom of the leg/hem along the inseam of the pant. if you have been stuck buying pants with the wrong inseam we recommend measuring your actual inseam while standing up with a pair of boots on to make sure you get the coverage you want
Our hoodies, shirt jackets and tees have a generous tradesman fit and are slightly longer in length than you may be used to, preventing any unwanted exposure.
We recommend buying the same size you normally wear in other brands.