There are some types of clothing you can afford to buy cheaply, but your workwear is not one of them.
While you can toss away a pair of socks or worn out t-shirt, you don’t want to be having to throw away your workwear trousers every couple of weeks or even every couple of months. Nobody wants to be that guy who turns up on site day after day in a pair of tracksuit bottoms, covered in holes and stained with so much paint the original colour is long since lost.
Buying cheap workwear may be tempting, but this is why you should avoid it at all costs.
You’re a Professional
Much of the low cost workwear on the market is made from low quality, flimsy materials that don’t reflect well on you as a trade professional.
You’ve got the skills, and you need the gear to match.
If you’re wearing ill fitting or shabby workwear, both your peers and your customers might think you’re not up to the job. The workwear you choose reflects on you as a professional and looking the part can make all the difference.
If you went for an operation and the surgeon turned up in a hoodie and football shorts, you might turn around and think again. Turn up in bad workwear, and your customer might be thinking the same.
On the other hand, premium, high quality workwear can help you look the part and act the part too. You’ll be able to work more efficiently, be more comfortable and show off your very best work.
Premium Will Save You Money
It may seem counter intuitive at first, but buying premium workwear will actually save you money in the long run.
If you spend a few extra pounds on some quality trousers, they’ll last a lot longer. You won’t be traipsing back and forth to the shop every few weeks. A quality pair of workwear trousers is an investment in your trade and career. They’ll be there when you need them, and won’t fail you like cheaper trousers.
If your ultimate goal is to save as much money as possible, you’re actually better opting for premium workwear.
If you want to get technical about it, you can use the ‘cost per wear’ equation to see how much you’ll save by going for the premium option.
Paying £100 for a Dexters starter kit that will last you a year will cost you at least £80 less than if you were to pay £20 for a trouser that will only last you a few weeks. Plus, you’ll look the business!
So the next time you’re purchasing workwear, remember that the price tag is never a true reflection of the actual price you’re paying. Think about the clothes you wear on site as an investment in your professional identity. You’re making a practical decision that will not only enhance your confidence in your appearance, but will ultimately save you time and money.