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Stuff We Love: Women’s Workwear

Smart women-specific workwear for everyday comfort on the job.  

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In recognition of Women’s History Month (March) and International Women’s Day (March 8), Executive Digital Editor Amy Novak offers her take on relevant women’s workwear for Stuff We Love.

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Work Shirts That Actually Work

Any builder knows the value of a really good work shirt. Durability, affordability and comfort are non-negotiables. Thankfully, the days of women stuck wearing men’s shirts in the workshop because of lack of choices are long gone.

What better time than International Women’s Month to celebrate the growing number of companies making high-quality workwear for women?

Duluth Trading Company’s entire catalog is spectacular, but their women’s flannel shirts really stand out. The fit is snug but comfy, stylish but rugged. I feel like they’re genuinely me, which is probably why I own ten of them.

Go to or check out one of its brick-and-mortar stores. Plan on spending $35 to $70. If you shop online, be sure to check out their “Duluth Women” page to learn more about a strong community of female builders and visionaries who are making their marks. 

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Freshley Bib Overalls

Dovetail is a company founded by women that makes terrific women’s workwear. These overalls reinvent a classic piece to fit and move on a woman’s body.

Flexible suspenders, double-front reinforced thighs and gusseted crotch panels allow for unlimited movement. The 13 super functional pockets including a four-pocket bib. There’s also a locker loop for quick hanging, a hammer loop and easy insert access for knee pads.

I like the fit in the waist and thigh and the relaxed fit through the calf. Dovetail has done a fantastic job of designing and manufacturing these rugged, durable pants for DIY women.

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Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.

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