Where To Shop For Women’s Work Pants: 5 Companies You Should Know About
We’ve all had that the experience of searching high and low for a pair of work pants that fit like your favorite pair of jeans, while holding up to the demands of a hard day’s work, only to find two or three options that sort of fit. It’s a frustrating process. We’ve all been there.
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and companies are changing the game when it comes to women’s workwear. All of the companies featured are women-owned and based in the USA. They understand the need for clothing that works as hard as we do, and they design pants that ACTUALLY fit a feminine figure.
Rosies Workwear is a small, family run business. Established in 2002, their clothing is designed “for the woman who can do it herself.” When their founder, Sharon Moore, could not find coveralls that fit the dimensions of a feminine figure, she made her own. That DIY attitude speaks to the Rosie in all of us.
The Rosies line of overalls are designed with deep pockets, removable knee pads, and a cut to fit and flatter a woman’s proportions. They are made with lightweight, durable fabrics. Their classic overalls come in a garden variety of colors, are 100% cotton, and they have the added bonus of zipping off at the knees! The professional overalls are water-resistant, and they have a plethora of pockets for all of your tools.
A portion of their proceeds are used to support causes that empower creative women in the community. Moore stated that her ultimate goal for Rosies is, “I want two women to pass in the aisle of a hardware store, or somewhere, both of them wearing Rosies and just give each other a nod, because they both know what kind of woman the other is.”
Use the coupon code rosiereviews15 to get 15% off your total order.
Founded in 2006 by Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants makes workwear designed to fit and flatter the working woman. The company is headquartered in a historic saddle shop in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, and all of their products are made in the USA.
The Original Work Pants are made from 12oz cotton canvas duck and feature a gusseted crotch for a better range of motion. Their new style, the GSD Pants (also known as the Get S#!t Done Pants), are made from 98% cotton and 2% spandex for added stretchiness. They are lighter weight, which is great for all of the items on your summer to-do list. Sticking with their commitment to home-grown, the fabric mill they work with uses USA-grown cotton.
Each pair of pants features a red ant that was sewn on by the seamstress somewhere on the pants. If you come across someone wearing Red Ants Pants, and you both have ants in the same location, send a picture to the company and you will both win a free t-shirt!
Gamine’s workwear is designed to be feminine and rugged, with the planet in mind. They offer two styles of dungarees: slim slouch and sargent. The slim slouch, a mid-rise dungaree, was the first design in their work pants line. They are made to sit higher in the back and scoop down below the navel, a design element that makes bending over for extended periods of time a more comfortable experience. The sargent dungarees are a high rise option, designed to hug your natural waist.
The company is based out of Tiverton, RI, and they work with seamstresses in Texas, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. Their founder, Taylor Johnston, uses her nearly 20 years of experience as a gardener and nurserywoman to design her fashion-forward, environmentally conscious workwear line. Gamine’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their mission statement, their fabric choices, and their unique service of garment repair, which include darning, boro, and Sashiko. The dungarees are made from 100% cotton (which makes them compostable!), and they are built to last. They even offer a recycling program for your retired Gamine work pants, which includes 25% off your next purchase!
Dovetail Workwear was founded by Kate Day, Kyle Begley, and Sarah Deluca. Kate and Kyle ran a landscaping design company in the Pacific Northwest. They struggled to find durable work pants that were constructed with a women’s figure in mind. When Sara, who is an apparel industry expert, became their client, they decided to team up and designed Dovetails’s Maven Slim pants.
Today, they have a full range of work pants that are both stylish and sturdy. All of the styles are made with variations of a cotton/poly/spandex blend to give the pants more stretch (see my post on blended fabrics for a detailed analysis of how the blend ratio impacts the elasticity of a garment). The pants come in neutral tones of canvas and denim, and have between 10 to 13 pockets, depending on the style you choose.
Stacey Gose founded Tougher in 2015 because she was tired of shopping for work gear in the men’s section. She wanted to give her customers a well-fitted, modern pair of work pants. That is how the Groundbreaker Work Pants were born.
Their pants are made from an 8 oz cotton/poly blend, and treated with a water-repellant finish to make them a 3-season staple. They feature a diamond-shaped gusset that won’t rip or pull when you bend over, and lots of pockets.