Homage to Real Work Clothes

#work clothes

There’s a definite line between my mucking-about clothes and clothes I wear when I’m in town. It’s not an understatement to say that the homeless dress better than I do when I have to work around the farm.

All my work clothes were once acceptable, but constant washing and wearing has left most of them in tatters. This one is my favorite. I swear, if I ever find this t shirt again, I’ll buy two. I love the color, the cool Aussie graphic, and how well it fits. I think I’ve had this one for nearly 30 years.

Over the years I’ve had to toss a few of my favorites into the trash. Nowadays, I keep the really soft ones to use as rags or torn into strips to use as ties for my tomato plants.

Am I the only one who keeps work clothes for decades? Is this too tattered for you to wear if you were in the garden or working on your car?

Feel free to share your ratty clothes photos here or on my Facebook post. I don’t want to feel alone. 🙂

I should point out that when I went to Amazon to pick out work wear products, they had plenty for men, but women’s work clothes consisted of sexy tops and slacks. I had to specifically ask for women’s overalls. Maybe it’s the company I keep, but most of the women I know get down and dirty. A frilly frock just won’t do.

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  1. I have kept clothes for waaaaaay longer than I should have, but to be fair, I only wore them around the house once they got really bad. They were so soft and comfy! And they were usually cheap – t-shirts, shorts bought years ago that lasted as long as they did? Not sure that would still happen…..

  2. I’ve noticed the same thing about clothes purchased from stores in recent years. I think we have become such a throw away society that people wear for a few times and toss them out. Even expensive clothes!

    I’ve started shopping at thrift stores for most of my clothing needs. And yes, I have quite a few work clothes that are almost too ratty for the garden!

  3. My husband and I were talking about his work clothes for outside at the house no too long ago Maria. Like you we wear things way beyond their “expiration date”.

    I wish still had a few of the clothing items that loved to wear all the time but like all good things they are gone now.

    Your shirt chosen to inspire this post looks way beyond the “rag bag” but then again if it is still able to cover the “important bits” that is all that matters to you anyway.

    • Jackie: LOL! yes. When they stop covering the important parts they have to go.

      PS Sorry it’s taken me so long to answer comments. I banged up my knees almost a week ago and I’m still not back to normal. I try to limit my time at the desktop.

  4. Stacy McKitrick

    I’m not that rough on my t-shirts. But when they get stained, they go into the “workout” pile (meaning I will wear them when I exercise). Holes? Yeah, I’ll toss them. I don’t think ANY of my shirts ever got as bad as the one you posted. And they’re just as old. 😀

    • Stacy: Hey! That shirt has been through barbed wire, ornery goats, brush hauling, and weeding. I think it looks great for all I put it through.

      re: stains
      I use Naptha bar soap or SHOUT cleaner. My shirts might be holey, but they’re not stained.

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