Work Pants Buyers Guide

A lot of thought can go into choosing the right pair of work pants.  Should I wear jeans, dungarees, or cargo pants?  Do I have to hold a paintbrush to wear painters pants?  Can I wear carpenters pants even though I won’t be swinging a hammer any time soon?

Don’t worry, the folks at have got you covered!  From Dickies Painter Pants to Carhartt Double Double Knee Work PantsKnee Dungarees, they’ve got the products you need and the buyers guide to help you sort it all out:

  • Dungarees – Dungarees feature a full seat and thigh (more material than a pair of traditional fit jeans) and will sit at the natural waist.  They are generally made of a more durable fabric than traditional jeans, and typically last longer in the work environment.  Also, dungarees generally have a much wider leg to fit over a work boot
  • Cargo Pants – Although extremely similar to traditional jeans in fabric and material, cargo pants have one major advantage over all other types of work pants — they have more pockets.  Cargo pants are designed to fit looser than traditional work pants, and they also are able to accomodate much more in their pockets than any other variety of work pant.
  • Double Knee Work Pants – Typically, the knee will wear out on a pair of work pants much more quickly than anything else.  Double Knee Work Pants combat this problem by featuring extra fabric sewn into the knee area.  While Double Knee Work Pants cost a little more than their single-knee counterparts, opting for the double knee style will ultimately save you money because the double knee significantly adds to the lifespan of the pants.
  • Carpenter Pants – There are two main features that distinguish Carpenter Pants from all other types.  The first is a loose, flexible fit which allows the wearer to squat with ease. The loose cut of carpenter pants also promotes freedom of movement. The second feature is a plethora of pockets, tabs, and loops designed to hold tools of the trade. Many pairs of carpenter pants also have a wide waist to accommodate a tool belt.Painter Pants
  • Painter Pants – Painter pants are typically very similar in design to carpenter pants. They typically come completely loaded with pockets and hammer loops and also give you plenty of room to carry any tools you may need.  They are typically light in color, and are a common choice for many of today’s workers, whether you may actually be painting or not.

These are of course, not the only types of work pants available on the market today.  There are hundreds of varieties of work pants available for nearly every occasion and every job imaginable.  Many of them do, however, fall into one of the categories above — so next time you’re shopping for your next pair of work pants, don’t forget to first consult the Work Pants Buyers Guide!

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  1. Last year I bought a pair of blue Dickies work pants in K Mart.

    They were a 38 x 30 with the expandable waist. I love them but didn’t see them in K Marts tonight.

    Can I order 2 pair?

    Richard Cashman

  2. i have wearing dickie brown duck carp. pants for years. i am in need of some new ones. have looked almost everywhere but can only find relaxed fit now.

  3. i work in a steel mill & am looking for a pair of pants that are flame resistant but also have soom kind of ventalation (basically pants that aren’t going to make me hot) do you have any recomendations?

  4. I need help finding pants that the straddle doesn’t wear out so fast. Ever pair of pants I end of getting for my husband wears out in the straddle. I don’t know if there are any pants that I could get that would last any length of time because he walks a lot but he also does a lot of bending and other things but the straddle is the only thing that wears out. Any advice for me??

  5. Judy, Please forgive me for not replying earlier. I am trying to figure out how to help you. When you say the straddle wears out, is it that the seams pull apart, or the fabric wears independently of the seams? My mother was a seamstress. I can hear her now: if it’s the seam that pulls, reinforce the seams with your machine and some strong thread, or take them to a tailor who can. If it’s the fabric, would a patch help? I know our Dickies and Carhartt are strong and durable but it sounds like you have already tried these, to no luck.

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