While workwear is a part of many people’s weekly attire and nearly everyone’s visual landscape—especially since the rise of office-inspired fashion—the term has traditionally referred to the hard-wearing garments worn by cowboys, farmers and manual laborers. Many of these garments, like the workers who wear them, remain tethered to the restrictions of space, custom and social class. A few, however, through either innovation, mass media and/or cultural exchange, rise beyond their hardscrabble origins to not only become popular fashion, but also transform it. Below, we take a closer look at five workwear garments that have indisputably influenced the way we dress, no matter where or what we do for a living.

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