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  • Summer work clothes

    What do you folks recommend?

    I hate t shirts--or any knits-- because they cling, and jeans are generally too heavy to be comfortable in heat. I prefer lightwear cotton fabric in light colors.
    "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
    Thread killer Extraordinaire

  • #2
    whatever is comfortable and you won't care if it gets ruined.


    • #3
      I usually just wear breeches, since I often ride after chores and it's only one set of clothes to go in the wash. I prefer lightweight cotton polos, since a lot of the more "tech" type fabrics, for all they advertise being 'wicking', never seem to breathe very well and cling worse than cotton. Plus the collar helps cut down the sunburn I always manage to get on the back of my neck.
      Leap, and the net will appear


      • #4
        Usually jeans, maybe scrub pants if it's too hot, but if I'm working outside, I hate wearing shorts. How about some of the shirts that have "wick away" fabric? They're in athletic stores and I think Lands End or LLBean have some too.


        • #5
          Personally, I like a lightweight set of cotton coveralls if I'm going to be doing anything really groty. I have a bunch leftover from when I was in the Navy, but I think Dickies and a couple of other companies make them in lighter colors as well, which would probably be cooler than the dark blue.
          "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
          -Edward Hoagland


          • Original Poster

            I would prefer complete coverage, and that means long sleeves and long legs. I've been pricing painter's overalls on line, and the price has gone up dramatically this year. IIRC from last year, the price averaged $27; now it's $31 and up. The really light chambray shirts don't seem to be available any longer, and one can hardly find inexpensive and loose fitting, long sleeved cotton shirts in sheeting or broadcloth.

            Work clothes need to be inexpensive because of the "ruin" factor.
            "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
            Thread killer Extraordinaire


            • #7
              I like the LL Bean fishing shirts with sun protection. They've worn like iron for me. But they are a little hot because they're synthetic, not cotton.


              I see Bean's also has some lightweight cotton long-sleeved shirts but they aren't cheap.


              • #8
                Check out the men's dept of any discount dept store..do you have places like Liquidation World or Giant Tiger? I have a couple of longsleeved mens shirts with collars in a lightweight cotton that I like for summer outdoor work. They were lightweight to begin with but having now been washed over and over they are very comfortable and very breathable. Not for the fashion conscious but very practical.

                For pants, I generally wear jeans but if it is hot I wear these super light weight cotton pants that I got at Cotton Ginny on extreme sale. Again, not a fashionable choice but I want full coverage and I hate being hot so comfort wins.

                You should also check out the mens wear dept at thrift and second hand shops. No reason not to do that, especially for nicely broken in long sleeved mens shirt.


                • #9
                  Umm, shorts, a tank top, and sneakers because it cuts down on the paddock boot tan lines. Occasionally I get honked at by people driving by but I think if they got within 30 feet of me in July they'd head in the other direction.


                  • #10
                    I've seen the catalog for this, and know they sell women's clothing:


                    Also, http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/c...-footwear.aspx

                    Not cheap, but well-made. Should last well.


                    • #11
                      omg..I think I'm in love...thank you for the link!!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                        The really light chambray shirts don't seem to be available any longer, and one can hardly find inexpensive and loose fitting, long sleeved cotton shirts in sheeting or broadcloth.
                        Check thrift stores for men's dress shirts. I get hives from the sun, so I live in men's dress shirts with a tank top underneath in the summer.


                        • #13
                          Usually Nike shorts or jean shorts with a t-shirt or tank top. I also wear Ariat work boots. A baseball cap is also helpful.
                          "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"


                          • #14
                            columbia fishing shirts and anything from duluth trading is TOTALLY worth the investment!
                            Jazz- 4.9.01 OTTB, loved since 12.6.09
                            Skip- 3.3.91 APHA, i miss you buddy


                            • #15
                              One word.......Goodwill.

                              Cheap men's shirts, and pants. They also occassionally get Tech clothes, I've bought some from 5Ks for running.

                              I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                              R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by ladybugred View Post
                                One word.......Goodwill.
                                Gotta second this. Long-sleeve oxfords and khakis at rock-bottom prices!

                                Caught on to the Salvation Army store notion when a good friend, who is a contractor, explained that he's always so well-dressed when working for me (oxford shirts and khakis) because he buys all his "work" clothes at SA. People give away better clothing than he could afford, and he's not worried about getting paint/caulk/grease or anything else on these clothes because he only paid $3 for the shirt and $5 for the pants.

                                My thrifty, preppy contractor!


                                • #17
                                  Khaki capri's, with clogs n Polo or cotton sleeveless shirts.
                                  Keep Breeches in tackroom w/ socks for a quick change in the A/C.


                                  • #18
                                    I love to shop at our Humane Society's Thrift Store - they even have things that I would normally wear, and the price is crazy low.

                                    I also love Title Nine Sportswear, www.titlenine.com
                                    NOT cheap, but real stuff- every once in a while I treat myself


                                    • #19
                                      I buy almost all my 'normal' clothing from Goodwill or thrift stores. I can't stand to wear anything with any polyester in it. I get barn clothing shirts in the men's department, 100% cotton oxford cloth button downs, ALWAYS with long sleeves, and light weight Khakis. My undies are the cheap ones, all cotton, from discount stores. Bras are likewise all cotton sports bras, so that I can pull off one shirt and put on another if I need to.

                                      Boots by Ariat. I don't wear anything else. It is very common for me to spend as much on my work boots as I do on three or four complete outfits.

                                      A big, wide brim planter's hat.

                                      Lightweight work gloves, in a thin supple leather.

                                      and gallons of sun screen.

                                      I am a cancer survivor with too much chemo to show any skin to the sun.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Dad Said Not To View Post
                                        ..... I live in men's dress shirts with a tank top underneath in the summer.
                                        I thought I was the only one...