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How to Wear a Work Shirt 5 Ways

The shacket's lightweight cousin

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Oct 14 2019

When the weather is not exactly consistent, it’s important to have wardrobe workhorses that you can easily layer into an outfit.

Enter, the work shirt. 

What is a men’s work shirt?

Designed for manual labor, workwear is made of a thicker material, meant to be more durable than that of your average button up. Its weight makes it a versatile layer for the change of season.

A close cousin of the shacket, a work shirt is nevertheless a little lighter and usually unlined.

Below, five outfit ideas on how to wear a work shirt:

A work shirt is the perfect over-or-under layer for erratic spring weather.

Shop #SGapproved work shirt picks: Uniqlo (above), Gap

MONDAY

Wear it well:  Layer your work shirt over a (pink!) sweater and trousers to hit the bar for happy hour.

TUESDAY

Wear it well: Go shirt-on-shirt for your next casual date night.

WEDNESDAY

Wear it well: Wear your over shirt as a shirt itself, keeping it buttoned all the way (or almost all the way) up. If that’s a little uncomfortable, layer a thin tee underneath for extra comfort.

THURSDAY

Wear it well: Wear your work shirt as an internal layer under a crewneck sweatshirt in a color like bluebird blue that really pops against the army green.

FRIDAY

Wear it well: A work shirt adds some structure to a casual tee and cozy pants-look.

Shop #SGapproved work shirts

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