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Vintage Wear for Yard Work

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I often wear house dresses while I do chores and I'll even step outside in a house dress to pull a few weeds or cut the grass. This weekend, we had a lot of tall weeds along the fence line and I wasn't thinking about wearing protective clothing to whack them down so I'm now covered in poison ivy!

Don't make the same mistake that I did! Always have a few quick wash and wear outfits on hand for yard work day. Here's some vintage inspiration that you can wear for hard play outdoors or a run to the grocery store- all practical and comfortable!

1940s vintage casual jeans and work wear for women

1940s vintage casual jeans and work wear for women
1940s vintage casual jeans and work wear for women
1940s vintage casual jeans and work wear for women

Pants

Tops
  • Button-up Blouses pair well with any style of jeans but you can dress them up with a skirt. Modern blouse have an instant vintage feel with the right accessory and hair. See mine here
  • Pull-over knits are easy in the fall and winter and are so comfortable! Avoid knits if you'll be digging around in prickly bushes or fields full of burrs. There's lots of great free knitting patterns here
  • Tee shirts- ladies in the 40s and 50s wore tee shirts too, take a look at Marilyn's tee and jean look

Headwear


don't forget your work gloves!



1940s vintage casual jeans and work wear for women

1940s vintage casual jeans and work wear for women




Remember to toss all clothes in the wash and hop in the shower as soon as you come indoors. If you're prone to poison ivy like myself, Technu is a wonderful soap that removes oils from these bad plants. After a run to the doctor today, I hope to be back to fun in a few days. I had great plans for a hair tutorial and some outfits so hopefully this clears up soon and I'll remember my own advice next time!!

10 Responses to “Vintage Wear for Yard Work”

  1. Terrific post and images, dear Brittany. I would absolutely love to find a pair of jeans precisely like the ones that the lovely lady is sporting in the third photos here.

    ♥ Jessica

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  2. sssooooo cute!! I love the rolled up trousers with the saddle shoes!!

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  3. Brittany, you're my heroine! I was thinking about proper wear for my almost daily garden work. We have quite a big garden, growing more than 100 different roses and some veggies for the kids… I'm usually wearing my not-so-vintage stuff from earlier times, but those clothes are falling apart now or are too big (I lost some weight), so I thought it would be nice to have some proper things to wear. And your post came right in time!

    I thought too, the wide legged trousers I recently made (I'm a sewer) could be done also in a material suitable for garden work, and paired with a blouse they would make a perfect working outfit. Thank you so much for the inspiration, I love your blog!

    Kindest regards from Switzerland, Doris (Mrs. Button)

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  4. I love your takes on everyday casual and practical vintage looks. I enjoyed looking back over some of those great posts. My hair is at a difficult length, so I might try out some of the scarf techniques.

    Great photos too. My favourite is the rolled-up overalls over the white blouse. Such a cute gardening outfit!

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  5. Adorable, and helpful too. I think a lot of us vintage lovers become a little bit stuck when it comes to yard work clothes. All they had were button up blouses and now we equate that with nice clothes. So it's really nice to have a couple of ideas for grungy wear, so that we can be appropriately dressed and still fabulously vintage. :) Thanks! I especially love the overalls in that second picture.

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  6. I really need a good pair of jeans for stuff like that. I have a couple of old pairs of my boyfriend's jeans that I'll pop on once in a while when I'm moving or doing heavy duty cleaning, but I would love a pair of the overalls like the ones that you have pinned. Thank you for the tips on how to dress both practically and stylishly in a vintage mode.

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  7. Great post. I don't do yard work or gardening, as I am living the apartment life, but I am an Alaskan girl and spend a lot of my summers out in the woods camping, berry picking, and occasionally fishing. My standard outdoors outfit is a pair of old boyfriend jeans and flannel shirts. I would love to add a pair of overalls to the mix and have been searching my local thrift stores for the perfect pair, I could also use a few more sweaters (cause the ones that I knit do not go out and get dirty) Thank you for further inspiration.

    Knitting in Pearls

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  8. ick! So sorry to hear you got poison ivy. :-( I always try to wear pants and of course my gloves when working. I too am prone to such thing. Great vintage inspiration here.

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  9. Oh no, hope you're skin is on the mend soon. Thanks for the lovely fashion tips!

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  10. That first photo is just perfection! My only issue with vintage wear and yard work is that a.) the jeans I make for myself just don't seem to hold up as well, and b.) other vintage style jeans (Freddies, I'm talking to you) are expensive, so I can't imagine being alright with getting dirt all over them. Vintage styles are actually really comfortable for yard work, but they just seem a bit impractical on the cost front.

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