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Shop clothing, pants/shirts


Looking for suggestions on what you all have found to be durable clothing for a busy cabinet shop.

We like to provide shirts for our shop and install crew but have a hard time finding stuff that doesn't look utterly ragged out in quick order.

We are in a crazy hot/humid climate, so even those "dry fit" type polo shirts start looking like the droopy junk that sits on the rack at Goodwill for months on end because nobody will buy it.

Also, work pants. A few of us like myself are just fat guys. I've found some of the Tractor Supply brands like Schmidt and Carhartt to be pretty decent but some of those are really overpriced. We dont' usually provide pants but I like helping my crew find good quality, good priced items (bang for the buck).

For those that are supplying shirts for their crew, in hot climates, what are you liking?

11/4/19       #2: Shop clothing, pants/shirts ...
Riley Member

Black T-shirts.

100% the way to go. We get them with our logo on them them for about $4 a t-shirt. So you can get every a 5 day supply for a little more than $20.

A black T-shirt hides just about every type of abuse that we throw at it - and that is a lot considering we have a full welding shop and do a lot of chemical finishes as well.

They always look crisp and although its not as professional as polo's or button downs - they never look gross like old polo's or button downs. I service a lot of high end clients and 9 times out of 10 they ask for one when they tour our facility.

During the summer you can get them wet and sweaty and they don't look as bad as other colors when you sweat through them. In the winter the guys wear long sleeves underneath them.

As for pants, I love my Buck Mason - best work pants I have ever owned. But they are not cheap.

11/4/19       #3: Shop clothing, pants/shirts ...
MarkB Member

Might be time to contract with your local uniform supplier if you are looking for uniformity and wearability. I dont think your ever going to in-house supplying shirts and pants for what they will supply them for cleaned on a weekly basis. Whether you can get what you want your crew to look like or not is another issue but that would seem the simplest.

The cost on the supply side, clothes disappearing or being worn for outside work times, would seem very difficult with handing out t shirts and pants.

Shirts I could handle. Pants get crazy expensive for ones than hold up. $50 and up for me for pants is about the standard. The buck's are way beyond that.

11/4/19       #4: Shop clothing, pants/shirts ...
Jeff Duncan

I used to buy Carhartt shirts pants etc, but the pants were pretty spendy and I tend to ruin them quickly. Not b/c they fall apart, no they really last, but they'll get covered with glue or paint spills or what have you. Then a couple years ago I happened on Rustler brand which are kind of medium quality denim that fit like Wrangler, (maybe made by them?). Tough enough to get a year or maybe a little more out of a pair, and run about $15 a pair or $11 on sale, which makes them pretty much disposable.

I still like the Carhartt T-shirts which aren't priced too bad. Also like the sweatshirts though they're a bit pricey as well. Just haven't found anything to replace those with... yet.

good luck,

11/5/19       #5: Shop clothing, pants/shirts ...
james e mcgrew  Member


They are on there own as far as Pants (as long as they are durable and reasonably profession oriented,, Hanes Beefy ts in construction orange (Black Text) and Maroon or Hunter Green (Gold text) Short sleves and now long sleeves

We provide the Heavy grade "Hoodie (Zip UP) over the carhart coats (it is getting cooler in SC this week) as the coats disappear they are sooo Cool to Steal

Many years and some of these guys have quite a collection built up

11/5/19       #6: Shop clothing, pants/shirts ...

Good info, I appreciate everyone's help.

Riley you may be right about the black T-shirts although sawdust does tend to make them look odd..... but on the same token, a guy covered in sawdust probably looks like a skilled man to most clients lol.

Shop owner has mentioned a possible uniform service so that's not off the plate.

My biggest struggle is keeping pants I like but half the struggle is being shaped like someone stood up a toad and tried to put pants on it. That, and not shredding them. I end up doing all sorts of odd jobs at the shop, crawling in tight spaces, up on ladders, on the roof, etc for random maintenance stuff and always find a way to rip them.

11/5/19       #7: Shop clothing, pants/shirts ...

We give out t shirts and most of the time a sweat shirt. We just buy the cheap ones then you don't worry about replacing them. At $5 with your logo its not too bad. Pants are on their own. I think for pants everybody is shaped a little different and likes different things.

5/23/22       #8: Shop clothing, pants/shirts ...

Yes, black T-shirts look good as a uniform. They don't show stains as much and are a good color for all people. Be sure to make sure that the printing on the T-shirt is of high quality. We have ordered from different companies and have been most satisfied with printing.
Also, consult with the company you choose to print what kind of printing is best for the fabric. Pictures printed by a screen printing method are practically eternal. Images printed with a thermal transfer are less stable.

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