I’m pretty obsessed with workwear, so I looked again at Carhartt’s website and all their colors. My favorite are Carhartt Brown (horse farm brown) and Red. (Alabama) However, if I had a clothing company, I would take a way more honest approach to colors. You would simply buy the color that is most likely to stain and ruin your work clothes. For example, if you dig around in the grass a lot, then you would get Grass colored pants and a Manure colored jacket. (which is the same color as dirt, by chance)
Take a look.
Chalk white: hydrated lime, chalk, any other white powders. Nearly white but slightly tan.
Dust Tan: The same color as the ever-present nuisance barn dust. I’ve seen some stuff that must of had at least an inch of dust on it.
Grass: Explains itself. Anything on your knees or crawling should make this necessary.
Manure brown: mix of horse and cow manure color.
Oil Black: Good for welding, mechanics, anything else mechanical.
To be fair, companies have already used some of these colors. Carhartt uses Oil Black, Manure Brown, and Dust Tan, but they call it Dark Brown, Carhartt Brown, and Weathered. (in order) The main difference is that my method makes it easy to select the clothes you buy based on your job and its particular stains.
Should I add any colors?
Made of USA fabric. Pretty durable and warm. Protective.
Nice collar. Not too expensive. Looks nice.
Good hand warmer pockets and inside pocket.
Stiff at first unless you wash it, which makes it slightly less durable.
Not triple stitched, unlike most Carhartt products. Made in Mexico. (better than China though) No hood. I don’t think you can attach one either. Zipper can stick in the fabric.
Pushes into your neck when you sit down, especially for the first month
Durability * * * *
Looks * * * *
Warmth * * *
Pockets * * * 1/2
Overall * * * 1/2
You can call me a Walmart addict. Sure, I don’t like how they treat their employees, but when you barely have any money, you find that your poorness takes precidence over any moral concerns you may have with big box stores. Hopefully, in the future, I’ll only buy things from small local businesses. I already make a lot of work clothes myself, which is pretty cool. (takes a bit of experience, though)
But here are my reviews for all the Walmart work clothes I’ve ever bought.
Dickies Hooded Jacket or “canvas lined overshirt” ($25)
This is really the most bizzare-ass jacket around. It seems like a regular medium-duty jacket, but then you notice it has a sweatshirt zipper and hood. However, it’s not a sweatshirt. It has rather thin but durable poly lining on the inside. With the small price, however, and the hood, they make good farm jackets. The canvas isn’t as durable as Carhartt or even Walls canvas, but their jackets cost more than $25, esp with a hood. It’s 5 times more comfortable, though, and that matters just as much. These come in a lot of colors. I like brown and green, but they also have navy blue and black (which shows dirt and dust). If you get some heavy-duty thread in the same color, you can hand sew for any repairs you may need to make.
Carhartt Arctic-lined Vest ($60)
Carhartt isn’t usually available at Walmart, but I thought I’d review it anyways. I got mine for $55, but they might cost more at some places. The first time I sat down with this vest, even though it’s the shorter version, it jammed up into my neck. It still did this for a few months, and to this day sort of slightly does it. Carhartt clothes take forever to break in and even longer to wear out. Their material is really durable but not comfortable. The inside poly lining is, though, and it’s thick. The vest is sort of warm, but not half as warm as their coats, making it a summer/fall thing unless it’s layered a lot. So 5 * for durability and 2 * for comfort.
Walls Coveralls ($65)
I only have one problem with these. They’re not bibs, because they have sleeves. Basically, there are two parts of them right beside the leg pockets that are not sewn together. I don’t really know why. In Alberta, the wind goes right through these holes and freeze you. So I sewed them up by hand, which only took 20 minutes. Otherwise, these coveralls are super durable and warm. I love them. If you live in a cold climate, I would get a pair or two just because they’re so simple and warm. Good for shoveling because the wind can’t get up your butt under your jacket.
Liberty Bibs (32$)
I can’t really give these a rating, but they seem to be sturdily-constructed and the pocket arrangement is nice. I would buy them, but I took a liking to Sears Craftsman Bibs and Dickies Bibs. Buy bibs in a waist size 4 inches larger than your actual waist size for a roomier fit. Otherwise, they’re not very cozy.
Dickies Bibs ($30)
These are made from sturdier denim than the Craftsman Bibs. They’re less comfortable, though. Notice a pattern here?
Rustler Jeans ($16)
Not really worth the price. Those stores like TJ max and other discount stores probably have slightly better prices for the same quality or slightly better quality for the same price. They’re alright, though. I would get real Wrangers if I actually wanted to impress people, however.
I love the T-shirts when they’re on sale. They always have funny graphics, too. Even at regular prices, they’re only five bucks. I got some for a dollar once, though. Good for farm work and gardening. And tractor pulls and whatever else in the summer, or layering in the winter. I’ve worn 3 T-shirts at once during the winter pretty often. It helps with warmth.
Thanks for reading! Give me your opinions too, and I might add them in here! 🙂