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Get the Look 9 July 2021

Making Workwear Wearable

The best brands delivering both functional and fashionable workwear.

It’s hard to ignore the rapid rise of workwear brands into streetwear across the globe. The American hip-hop movement led the way in adopting the manual labour kits, with many workwear brands becoming a fashion staple. What’s most enticing about workwear is not the practicality, rather the authenticity; as the brands have remained loyal to their origins. The team at Monde have selected the most wearable winter wardrobe from our favourite workwear brands. These brands offer the perfect mix of classic and contemporary, with a promise of durability.

Words By Ellen Madden

Carhartt WIP

Known for their durable workwear, Carhartt Work in Progress has become one of the leading men’s streetwear brands.

Founded in 1889, by Hamilton Carhartt, the brand started out designing overalls for railroad workers. In the 80’s and 90’s Carhartt was worn by leading figures in the hip-hop industry – quickly becoming popular with crowds outside of the manual labour industry. Throughout the years, Carhartt has remained committed to creating top quality and stylish workwear, even if it’s not donned by railroad workers.

We can’t go past their signature canvas straight leg pants. These pants designed for durability are made from a reliable organic cotton with hammer loops, four-pocket styling, and a belted waistband.

Carhartt’s jackets are the perfect staple for any winter wardrobe. We love the checked zip-up jacket made in tones of blue, green, grey and black. Alternatively, the long sleeve canvas jacket in black offers a clean and structured sophistication to any outfit.

Pairing either jacket with hoodie allows for a casual, relaxed finish.

Blue Check Detroit Vermont Jacket, was $435 now $332, SSENSE


Formally known as Williamson-Dickie manufacturing Company, Dickies, earned their workwear reputation creating uniforms during WW2 and the latter oil boom in the 50s.

Dickies have been at the forefront of workwear since 1922, but have more recently emerged as a fashionable streetwear brand.

The workwear brand has remained loyal to its origins, still offering their original 874 work pant.

Dickies offers a multiplicity of colours including charcoal, tan and even olive green. These classic bottoms are perfect for any occasion and can easily be dressed up with a button up and structured jacket or dressed down with an oversized hoodie and a logo cap.

The latest trend of layering a boxy jacket over an oversized hoodie is here to stay. We love the Heavyweight Hoodie in Bone, which offers a slouchy fit whilst the off-white tone adds a contemporary and classy touch. If you prefer an understated hoodie, we love the Oakport hoodie in black.

Albertville Cap in Khaki, $50, ASOS


Levi Stauss & Co was founded in 1853, when they identified the need for stronger pants for working men, that fundamentally would survive the test of time. 20 years later, Levi Strauss & Co serendipitously invented the blue jean.

Nowadays, Levi’s creates causal streetwear for men, women and children and they remain a global leader in Jeanswear.

Levi’s 501 Original Jeans will never go out of fashion: maintaining the title of the perfect backbone for any outfit. We love the stone wash colour but if you prefer something darker the straight-leg jeans are available in black and rinse.

Continuing with their workwear origins, Levi’s mas made the perfect Blue Denim jacket. It is as functional as it is fashionable, with a symmetric design of button closures down the front, exaggerated flap pockets and an oversized fit.

Pair the wardrobe staple, with either the relaxed fit hoodie in charcoal or if you’re wanting to quite literally stop traffic, the logo hoodie in shadow lime green will do the trick.

Multicolor Plaid Sunset One Pocket Shirt, was $105 now $32, SSENSE


Founded in 1999, Australian brand Ksubi has a distinguishable focus on distressed and edgy garments, drawing inspiration from vintage skate and surf wear and even punk rock. This is showcased through the emphasis on frayed denim, raw hems and finishes, contemporary silhouettes, bold graphics and asymmetric designs and features.

Ksubi is well known for their quality denim, being worn by A-list celebrities like ASAP Rocky and Hailey Bieber.

Many of their jeans have been designed for a slim tapered fit; sturdy around the waist and thigh and then tapering out bat the knee, elongating the leg.

A Monde favourite is the statement Chitch Jeans Retox in White, featuring rips at the knee with bold logos and prints scattered around the leg.

If you’re opting for a classic approach, we love the Anti K Chop jeans in a light blue denim. Team the jeans with an oversized t-shirt, hoodie or crew neck jumper for a relaxed, edgy look.

Location Biggie Crew Jumper Faded Black, $169.95, General Pants