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    HELP! Very Unique Style Scenario

    Long time reader, first time poster here! I’ve just transitioned careers, and am finding myself in a bit of a quandary. I am working in luxury retail - very high-end, fashion-forward, and mostly women who work in my store. The men wear suits (no ties), blazers and denim, etc.

    My situation is unique in that I’m our facilities/maintenance person. I need to look presentable because I’m client-facing and sometimes cover shifts on the sales floor, but I also consistently find myself painting, doing construction, etc. This morning I was under a kitchen sink repairing a sewer drain line

    Any thoughts or direction on building a wardrobe for this new role would be much appreciated. I’d love to err on the side of affordability, as getting paint on my Allen Edmonds shoes or ripping my Purple Label suit pants isn’t my idea of a good day.

    Thanks in advance!

    #2
    Could you do the high-end workwear look? Selvedge jeans, chore jackets, flannel, Red Wing Iron Rangers...that sort of thing? That way, you're still very much in fashion, yet appropriate to your role. Basically, pretty much anything Jesse on Put This On wears!

    Of course, then you'd have to worry about getting paint on your $300 Momotaro jeans....

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      #3
      Yeah, anything high end seems inappropriate here. Maybe have a change of clothes present for the dirty jobs? Wear your nice stuff when you're client-facing, but duck into a bathroom/dressing room and put on some beater clothes to do construction/painting?

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        #4
        Disposable overalls?
        WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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          #5
          Hmm. There used to be a blog run by a guy who is a heavy duty / industrial electrician. He did some work style posts that would be right up your alley. If only I could remember the name of the blog. I'm posting here in hopes some else might know what / who I am talking about.

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            #6
            Originally posted by MediumTex View Post
            Could you do the high-end workwear look? Selvedge jeans, chore jackets, flannel, Red Wing Iron Rangers...that sort of thing? That way, you're still very much in fashion, yet appropriate to your role. Basically, pretty much anything Jesse on Put This On wears!

            Of course, then you'd have to worry about getting paint on your $300 Momotaro jeans....
            How about well fitting and stylish, but budget priced workwear? Goodfellow everything, including selvedge. Possible exception for boots.

            Their stuff tends to be shockingly good for the price these days.

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              #7
              Coveralls.
              Overalls.
              Work Smock.


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                #8
                Originally posted by tayloreuph View Post
                Coveralls.
                Overalls.
                Work Smock.


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                Agree. For coveralls, I would recommend Red Kap as you can get them sized. I also find their RTW sizes do well in the crotch area for comfortable sitting, bending, etc.

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                  #9
                  Facilities/Maintenance and high end retail customer facing sales are not compatible from a clothing stand point and it sounds rather silly to try to mate them.

                  Either use coveralls and change shoes and clothes as needed or have the company pay for your high end clothes that will be ruined by elbow grease.

                  This sounds like bad management.

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                    #10
                    I used to do computer support in a business casual environment and routinely found myself moving equipment, crawling under desks, and even going into floor crawl spaces. My key was to shop hard for affordable pieces, invest in some heavy duty pants like heavy denim or prana style, and keep something at work I could put on over my top for real dirty stuff. Oh and a second pair of shoes for the tough stuff. Something like the Stafford wingtips or a nice heritage workbook.

                    The disposable coveralls are a good idea too.


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                      #11
                      Originally posted by tayloreuph View Post
                      Coveralls.
                      Overalls.
                      Work Smock.


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                      Smock smock smock smock smock.




                      ETA: Get some 1968s from Gustin. Great selvedge at under 100 bucks.

                      OR.....get Goodfellow & Co selvedge from Target. Then don't tell anyone where you got it.
                      https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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                        #12
                        I suggest coveralls, but not necessarily disposal ones. It depends on how much you do what, and if you do both sales and maintenance in the same shift. If you paint a lot, you might want some dedicated painting coveralls. I think though some blue coveralls could be worn as a classic looking maintaince man. You could pair it with red wings a work shirt, or an obcd and even wear a casual tie.

                        If possible keep some trousers and a sportscoat to change into when doing sales. Or change into the coveralls only for messy work.

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                          #13
                          The first though that came to mind was change of clothes at work. I think that’s a reasonable request given you are covering for people across a wide variety of tasks.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post
                            The first though that came to mind was change of clothes at work. I think that’s a reasonable request given you are covering for people across a wide variety of tasks.
                            Yeah, it isnt crazy. I used to at least change items when a manual task came up.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                              Hmm. There used to be a blog run by a guy who is a heavy duty / industrial electrician. He did some work style posts that would be right up your alley. If only I could remember the name of the blog. I'm posting here in hopes some else might know what / who I am talking about.
                              There's an Instagram account called urbancomposition or something like that that's along these lines, is that what you're thinking of?
                              “There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?'"
                              "The mood will pass, sir.”

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