Thursday, 30 May 2013

Gardening Clothing

Gardening is a tough and dirty business, and it needs clothes that are up to the task. This doesn’t just mean clothes that can take the physical wear and tear that comes from tasks like weeding, digging and pruning, but those that also feel comfortable and are made of materials that can adapt to the varying weather conditions of the British climate.

Taking the first requirement, it is essential that gardening clothes are made from strong and durable materials. Corduroy trousers, long beloved by gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts, are popular for many reasons, but one of the primary amongst these is their inherent toughness. Thanks to the twisted weave of the fabric, corduroy does not snag or tear easily. This is of benefit both when out in the garden and also when washing – gardening clothes get dirty, and need frequent washing. If you’re looking for some good quality trousers take a look here for Lands’ End’s great selection.



However, there is more to corduroy than the ability to remain unfrayed amid the flower beds. Being essentially a form of velvet, a woven tufted fabric, corduroy can also be delightfully soft and smooth. It is comfortable against the skin and settles into the contours of the body easily and flexibly, making it the ideal material for outdoor endeavours. Corduroy trousers are also breathable and do not easily become too hot or too cold. They come in different weights and wales, or ridges per inch.

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Other materials, such as cotton and cotton blends, are also popularly used in outdoor clothing. Many have the advantages of being quick drying and lightweight. These are especially suitable for outdoor work on hot, sunny days though they may be a little cool for frosty springs. Gardening can necessitate long periods outdoors in relatively immobile positions, and it is important to keep wrapped up and warm if cold even when the sun is shining.



When it comes to fit, clothes for gardening should never be too tight. This can restrict movement and lead to chafing and other problems. High waisted trousers have the benefit of keeping the lower back warm, an especially important consideration in gardening where many tasks require bending forwards. If there is any indecision, buy items that are too big rather than too small. A thick belt should be worn anyway, both to lend back support and hold useful items such as secateurs. Pockets are also a must, preferably ones that are not so baggy that essential items fall out. Integral knee pads mean that the knee area, often prone to becoming worn, will last longer.



Having delved into these practical considerations, it is quite possible to find gardening trousers that are tough and comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing. There is no need to sacrifice style in the quest for respectable outdoor wear. A pair of good quality corduroy trousers teamed with a comfortably fitting lightweight shirt of decent length is the perfect gardening outfit. Layer this with a good sweater, waistcoat and/or waterproof jacket, or even wellies depending on the weather conditions. Tops, like bottoms, should ideally be resistant to thorns, spines and all those other prickly problems in the garden. Tweed jackets lend a distinguished touch and are faultlessly practical. All items of clothing, along with accessories such as hats and gloves, can be picked up at garden centres or department stores.

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