The Workwear Must-Haves For Achieving Rugged Sophistication

Workwear staples like overalls, work boots, and rugged jackets have long been fashion faves. For example, Timberland boots have moved from hip-hop to an enduring classic. And the recent Carhartt beanie trend, highlighted by Buzzfeed, proves that our love of workwear is still going strong. Clothing manufacturers specializing in attire for hands-on jobs such as construction or various trades create durable and highly functional pieces. This makes these garments perfect for a utilitarian or edgy look.

Over the years, designers like Calvin Klein and Prada have channeled the vibe into runway shows like L'Officiel, and workwear-inspired designs can be found in most stores. With a bit of styling, workwear can help you achieve a look of rugged sophistication. Pairing legit workwear overalls with heels says to the world, "I'm versatile, honey." On any given weekend, you might enjoy an elegant dinner and also spend some quality time throwing axes for fun. Maybe you dabble in DIY woodworking and also slay excel reports at the office.

That's the joy of workwear in fashion. Luckily, there's an endless array of options — from workwear manufacturers like Dickies and Carhartt and beyond.

Rock this cinch-waist range jacket morning to night

Suede jackets are always a sure thing, according to Who What Wear. And with a Montana-or-bust vibe, the Orvis Black Hills Range Jacket is an absolute stunner. The tailored suede design gives it a leveled-up look, but the color — whiskey — keeps it raw and real. 

This coat's abbreviated stand-up collar adds a touch of class, and the pockets offer low-key functionality. But, in true workwear style, it's loaded with function and crafted to hold up through all your daily adventures.

Let your inner Handyma'am shine through in these durable, cozy overalls

Handyma'am Goods founder, Bella Weinstein, was underwhelmed with the workwear options being made for craftswomen. This line of overalls, shortalls, and chore coats is serving up some serious oomph. Durable enough to withstand scraped knees and the bumps and scuffs of hands-on projects, the pieces are also downright gorgeous. These herringbone overalls have a tapered leg, utility pockets, and even a pen loop, (via The Family Handyman)! Pro tip: even Carrie Bradshaw is still rockin' her overalls, according to Vogue.

Grab this shirt for après-ski, sitting around a firepit, or layering a chill vibe look

Fashion and function combine their superpowers in this totally mind-blowing design by California Cowboy. The High Sierra Shirt is a super-soft flannel lined with thermal, but the awesomeness doesn't stop there. It's got a water-resistant dry pocket (think phone or campfire matches) and even a specially designed pocket for your water or hard seltzer. Secret loop for your gloves? Yup, it's got that too. There's also a koozie and fun conversation cards tucked in the pocket of each shirt.

Scoop up this shirt from the men's rack because we all deserve soft chamois

With love from Outdoor Life and beyond, Royal Robbins has made a name for itself. Their robust, elegant designs are perfect for creating rugged sophistication. Their men's Organic Cotton Chamois Workshirt is perfect for everyone. Workwear readily embraces a unisex approach, and this comfy piece will be a go-to pop of soft texture in your wardrobe. Of course, the more you wear chamois, the softer it gets ... so keep it in your regular rotation.