Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Real and true workwear isn’t something that everyone is comfortable wearing, but if you are interested in fully embracing the aesthetic there is nothing better than a pair of coveralls. As their name implies, coveralls cover all — much like a pair of overalls but with sleeves and a full collar. While they come in a range of styles and sizes, they are traditionally made of durable twills with lots of pockets and an overall roomy fit.
1) Pike Brothers: 1938 Mechanic Coverall
Coveralls aren’t the most popular product out there, and as a niche product they are prone to higher-than-average cost; plus, they require more fabric and construction than most garments, which doesn’t help to keep the price down. That said, Pike Brothers’ 1938 Mechanic Coverall is a quality option that doesn’t break the bank. It’s made from 8oz. indigo denim, making it a great option if you want to cover all this summer, and has a lot of great details such as Talon zippers, reach through pockets, and solid construction.
Available for €149 (~$165USD) at Pike Brothers.
2) Prospective Flow: T-823 Coverall
In my opinion, coveralls are one of those articles of clothing that simply can’t be worn every day — or at least the same one can’t be work every day. That’s why Prospective Flow’s T-823 Coveralls are so great. With their wide range of colors, you can start the ultimate rotation without feeling like you’re wearing the same thing daily. With two check pockets, two fatigue-style hand pockets, and two back pockets, these coveralls have all the carrying room you need in their 60%/40% cotton/hemp blend package.
3) Nigel Cabourn: Lybro Coverall
Nigel Cabourn is well known for their workwear and reproduction clothing, and their Lybro Coveralls are no exception: based off of 1960s army clothing with an incredible eye for detail. These coveralls are made with 100% cotton herringbone fabric, and feature an attached belt to ensure a good fit regardless of body type. Each piece is garment dyed, resulting in an uneven, unique finish to the garments.
Available for $499 at End Clothing.
4) Momotaro: 12Oz. Denim Coverall
If you are a devout denimhead and don’t feel like forsaking your favorite brands then Momotaro and their 12oz. Denim Coveralls might be the answer. Constructed from Japanese denim made from Zimbabwe cotton, these coveralls are true one-of-a-kinds. They feature Momo’s iconic Battle Stripes on the arm, chainstitch construction, and a two-way matte black zipper. These coveralls are made from a 12oz. denim, which will feel a bit lighter on the bottoms but a bit heavier on the top compared to most denim garments.
Available for $275 at Okayama Denim.
5) Twerd MFG: Race Coverall
Twerd MFG’s Race Coverall is an interesting piece, constructed from selvedge, off-white denim with double elbows, double knees, single needle construction, and raw brass hardware. For the price, the number of details on these coveralls are insane, and if you like the style there is no better pair on the market. While I certainly can’t seem myself feeling comfortable wearing something like this, I really, really wish I could.
Available for €300 (~$340USD) at Twerd MFG.
Plus One — El Solitario: Bonneville Protective Coverall with Dyneema
Of all the coveralls out there, El Solitario’s are certainly the most unique. The Bonneville Protective Coverall is constructed with Dyneema, a high-tech fabric known as some of the most durable in the world. It’s been made into bulletproof fabrics, fabrics that will protect against motorcycle falls, and so much more; and now, it’s made into the most durable pair of coveralls of all time. Sure, the price is steep, but is it really considering they may very well be the last pair of coveralls you’ll ever own?
Available for €1100 (~$1230USD) at El Solitario.