5 Workwear Pants Outfits for Guys

Your new favorite 'hard' pants

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Jan 19 2021

I know that plenty of us are wearing exclusively stretchy pants, preferably with a drawstring, right now. However, it has come to my attention that there are still those of you out there interested in pants that zip and button. “Hard pants” if you will.

In that case, might I suggest investing in a pair of workwear pants? Workwear pants are a casual alternative to jeans that look and feel more rugged than chinos. The relaxed fit is also very in right now, if you’re here for that kind of thing.

What are workwear pants?

Super durable, these sturdy pants are usually made with a canvas material and a slightly wider leg.

Elements like tool pockets and a hammer loop might not be utilized, but it’s nice to know they’re there.

How to wear workwear pants?

Here’s the great thing about workwear-inspired bottoms. Much like Team SG’s beloved 5-pocket pants, you can basically wear them instead of jeans in any outfit.

Why? Well, they hold up well and are easy to clean — no dry clean only tags here!

To keep the wider leg on this style from feeling too relaxed, try rolling up the pant legs and showing off those ankles!

How to wear workwear pants five ways:


loafers: G.H. Bass | glasses: Warby Parker

Wear it well: Dress up your workwear pants with a structured sweater and penny loafers.

If you’re feeling extra daring, wear the loafers with white crew-length socks. If you’re worried that you’ll look like an extra from Grease, don’t worry! Wearing gym socks is very hip and cool right now!

Want more sweater outfit ideas? You got ’em.


sweatshirt: Saturdays NYC |bandana: United by Blue | socks: Pair of Thieves

Wear it well: Keep things casual cool in elevated sneakers and punchy accessories.


henley: Bonobos | sneakers: Vans (similar)

Wear it well: Don’t overthink it; you can wear your workwear pants like your favorite jeans or 5-pocket pants.

Think: A bomber, henley, and skate sneakers combo that would look just as cool with dark denim.


raincoat: Stutterheim | tee: Madewell | sneakers: Converse

Wear it well: A high cuffed hem keeps you from getting the dreaded soggy pant bottoms when crappy weather hits.


denim jacket: Levi’s | shoes: similar | bracelet: Miansai

Wear it well: A camp collar shirt, denim jacket and some lace ups can take your workwear pants out for a drink.

Shop #SGapproved workwear pants

Only & Sons, $56

SG Says: The tan color looks like you belong on a construction site, while the cuffed ankle says, “JK I don’t know how to use a hammer.”

American Eagle Outfitters, $25

SG Says: These pants combine not one but two of our favorite “hard pants” trends in 2020 – workwear styling and a cargo pocket! Can’t stop, won’t stop…

Carhartt WIP, $230

SG Says: Okay, you caught me. These are overalls. But overalls are great for WFH! Latching is way easier than zipping, right? Right?!


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