Women’s Workwear: 8 Best Places to Shop
Women no longer have to make do with men's workwear. These companies have created workwear designed for the growing number of women in the trades.
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Women’s Workwear Considerations
Dressing for success in the workplace takes on a whole new meaning when you’re a woman in the trades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women working in traditionally male-dominated areas like agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation and utilities are substantially underrepresented.
The good news is, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) reported that as of 2018 women accounted for about 10 percent of the construction workforce, up from 1.3 percent in 2015. Recognizing the gaping hole in the market, retailers stepped up their efforts to design and produce workwear that meets a woman’s unique needs, including:
- Cuts that take into account women’s waists, thighs, hips and breasts;
- Shortened leg and sleeve lengths;
- Button-hole placement.
Here is our list of the top places to buy functional, safe, women-focused workwear:
See Her Work
The mission of See Her Work is to “reduce injuries, save lives, and attract more women in labor shortages.” Their online shop sells personal protective equipment (PPE) and other high-performance workwear to protect women from hazards.
Along with work gloves, high-visibility shirts and hard hats proportionately sized for women, they offer the Debris Protection Athletic Work Bra. This full-coverage bra shields sensitive areas from flying scraps and embers while providing a comfortable fit so women can perform their jobs with confidence.
P&F Workwear provides safety footwear and clothing ergonomically designed for fit and practicality. Their extensive line of shoes and boots are made for tradeswomen, as well as women DIYers, gardeners, crafters and artisans.
Designed to be comfortable, functionally safe and attractive, their bestseller Steel-Toe Work Boot for Women with Zipper is a lightweight safety boot that helps wearers avoid foot injuries. The company’s online shop serves U.S. and Canadian customers.
Get dirty in easy comfort and style. The Dovetail Workwear’s Christa DIY Pant feels like a sweatpant but performs like a work pant. These slim-fit, pull-on pants with seven pockets, double-layered knees and a hammer loop are made of moisture-wicking thermoregulating fabric to keep you cool and dry.
Dovetail Workwear creates apparel made to fit women of every size and body type. Their tradeswomen-tested clothing and accessory line bends the rules with garments that go from motorcycle rider to maternity.
When it comes to protective gear, fit matters, no matter the gender. Whether for a construction worker, pipefitter or electrician, DirectWorkwear Ltd. creates workwear properly tailored for a woman’s body. No longer must you sacrifice safety standards for comfort.
Fire-resistant clothing is especially important for those who work in the welding, electrical and oil and gas industries. The Rasco FR Women’s Henley is made of FR Flameshield 100 percent cotton knit. It comes in sizes from S to 3XL so every woman, whatever size and shape, can stay safe on the jobsite.
Known for dressing people for extreme weather, it’s no surprise Patagonia also sells winter workwear for women who brave the elements while on the job. Their Women’s All Seasons Hemp Canvas Bomber Hoody Jacket is super warm to insulate the wearer in all seasons.
The abrasion-resistant fabric is warm and breathable, with a work-worthy zipper that can be operated even while wearing gloves. There’s a roomy chest pocket on the right to hold pencils or tools. On the left, another pocket zips closed to safeguard a cellphone or other valuable items.
An online retailer offering popular brands of women’s safety equipment and clothing, SafetyGirl also manufactures its branded products including boots, glasses, hard hats and high-visibility vests. Not just re-scaled from existing menswear, their products are designed and sized specifically for women.
The SafetyGirl site also offers women’s workwear by other brands, like these Dickies Women’s Long Sleeve Cotton Coveralls. They’re made of twill cotton that’s soft enough for all-day comfort, whether fixing a car or performing a DIY home remodeling project. Note: The cinched waistband features springy elastic so the fit is always true.
The Carhartt Rugged Flex Steel Cargo Double Front Bib Overalls are as substantial as the length of the name! Tough, water-repellent and dependable, the hardworking features include “high-wear area” reinforcement, ribbed side panels and a patented stretch technology that makes bending, squatting and reaching no problem.
Carhartt customers gave these overalls 4.6 stars out of 5.0 for appearance, durability, quality and functionality. One Carhartt reviewer who listed herself as 5-foot-5 and 135 lbs. wrote, “I purchased the small in these — they fit great! I’ve been working in them for about a month now, and they have held up wonderfully.”
Gamine is a Tiverton, R.I. apparel company founded by gardener and nurserywoman Taylor Johnston in 2014. Since its inception, the company has become a global industry sensation.
Gamine’s Sargent Dungaree has a simple silhouette based on Taylor’s favorite dungaree from the 1940s. The Sargent features a gusseted crotch, two large front pockets lined with striped cotton and a classic straight-leg design. Sporting a comfy high-rise style for full range of motion, the pants are made of 100 percent deadstock raw denim that’s Sanforized (pre-shrunk).