Hello Gang! I hope you all are well!
I started this thread so us ladies have a "go to" place for good advice on workwear that is cut to fit us, and where to find it. It seems that manufacturers and stores are lacking in, or even offer NO, workwear choices for us gals, especially for good fitting, rugged women's gloves, so here's a place to give your advice and reviews, and share sources for everything from footwear to gloves to clothing. Include reviews on what you (or your female significant other, who needs heavy duty workwear) have tried, good or bad, bc we need it straight, right?! Please include links to your online favorites to help the purpose of this thread!
This is not meant to be a place of commercials for stores and brands, but a place to share sources with one another, so let's try and keep the passionate testimonials and infomercials at a minimum.
Okay, so I'll start!
Being a female who loves to garden and do other heavy work, I've gone through more clothing than I care to count. I'm done wasting money on regular old clothing found in "Stuff Marts" and department stores, that only lasts two or three years at best, so this year, I've gone on a mission to find good quality workwear for myself, that's rugged, cleans well, and lasts for a good long time, at reasonable prices.
I live in the city, so I'm not privy to where our local farmers find their rugged workwear, other than the big box sports stores, Tractor Supply, and a huge locally owned (I think) hardware store. There may be more places, but that's what I can come up with, off the top of my head.
Well, I'm a bargain hunter, and none of those stores are affordable for myself, in particular, even if and when they have a sale.
So I have no choice but to look to the internet.
Now, of course, the majority of us are aware that Carhartt is the "cadillac" of workwear for men and women, especially in the cold months, but their prices are typically beyond what my budget can handle.
Additionally, I'm between a plus size 1X and 2X, and that makes other brands of workwear even more difficult to find for this gal
So, I've started out looking for bib overalls, as they are a top priority need, right now, besides T-shirts and flannel shirt jackets. I lost 50lbs, in 2011, from the combination of gardening and, well, scarce money for food (the kids were always fed first), and my jeans became too big. Being that we were financially strained, I couldn't afford to just go out and change my wardrobe in one fell swoop (or even slowly for that matter
), for a whopping seven years, so I've used safety pins to make the waistband of my jeans smaller (I hate belts and I'm too lazy to run them through the sewing machine), but they still slide down
and I'm sure the neighbors are beyond tired of my plumber's crack!
So I found Rosies Workwear for Women, on Amazon, and I found their own website. They have a great pair of bib overalls that have removable knee pads, and the lower pant leg zips off making for bermuda length, bib overall shorts! To me, that's the best thing since sliced bread and insect screens!
They have a 1X, but nothing larger, and the reviews are overwhelmingly in agreement that they run large, so I figured a 1X would be the answer. Amazon is selling them way cheaper than their own website. They arrived yesterday, and they are very well made. Lots of pockets with flaps and zippers! The buckles are plastic and the straps are wide, heavy duty elastic, so I could see that those two things would wear out first. Now, when I tried them on, they fit a bit "too well" in the hip area.
No room for the 100% cotton overalls to shrink and be comfortable. Arrrgh! So they are on their way back to Amazon, as I type! Other than the size, they are very nice, so for those who need bib overalls and are a regular 1X and smaller, here's the link https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...
I did get some clearance T-shirts, in my size, along with a hat and water bottle, from Rosies own website here https://www.rosiesworkwear.com...
I've used Sierra Trading Post in the past, for good quality winter coats and snow boots, so that's where I went next to hunt for bib overalls. They tend to carry overstock and closeouts, and I found a pair of Carhartt jean overalls, in my size for 25 bucks!
As of today, they only have size Large and 2X, so I ordered mine yesterday!
Here's the link https://www.sierratradingpost....
Amazon is a good source to find out what brands manufacture work wear for women, so I did use that to my advantage, not only to discover brands, but for price points of those brands, and if they didn't have anything in my size or quite the functional style I needed, I would Google the brand for women's work wear, to find things elsewhere!
Hence I found Dickies, for 35 bucks, in a 2X, on Academy Sports and Outdoors! They are a reasonably priced brand, and they have all sizes, including plus sizes, in these overalls!
Here's the link https://www.academy.com/webapp...
I thought I ordered them, but there's no sign of an email confirmation!
In all honesty, I've been in web shopping overload for the past week!
Well, it's probably best if I hadn't ordered them, bc I need the refund for the Rosies overalls, before I buy anything more.
Eventually I plan to have three pair of overalls so I can crop two of them to capri length, and keep third one long.
Looking at flannel shirts, I found inexpensive ones on Sears' website. I haven't bought any yet, bc I've had to back off on the shopping, for now!