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This year, Dickies celebrates its 100th anniversary. It couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, as the workwear trend shows no signs of slowing down. The Fort Worth-based company was founded in 1922, which means it’s been making workwear essentials like the Eisenhower jacket and 874 work pants for a century.
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To celebrate its centenary, the brand is releasing a 100 years collection for men and women. It’s less a greatest hits album than a remix; Dickies staples are updated in updated fits and all-cotton fabrics. The collection launched early last month and includes stylish pieces for both men and women.
Dickies workwear makes it a strong contender for Carhartt, the Michigan-based workwear brand that has established itself as one of the most stylish in the downtown area. In fact, the workwear trend has proven itself even a decade after the heyday of menswear, and Dickies is arguably the brand of the moment. The 874 pant, in particular, has proven to be a popular alternative to denim as it can be easily dressed up with sneakers and graphic tees. Or you can lean into the look by wearing work boots and flannels. Either way, there’s no wrong way to rock Dickies right now.
And while Dickies are tough, you don’t have to pay a lot for that kind of durability; their 874 pants can be had between $20 and $30.
Dickies over the years
Dickies was founded in 1922 by three family members and was originally called Williamson-Dickies Mfg. Co. The company specialized in suspender overalls for workers. During World War II, Dickies was commissioned to produce military uniforms, cementing its legacy as a hardwearing clothing brand. And long before it was fashionable to wear matching sets between women and men, Dickies advertised as early as the 1950s sets of matching work shirts and trousers to wear to work. In postwar America, Dickies gradually expanded its operations and fan base. Although associated with auto mechanics, Dickies fans have come to include people whose favorite four-wheeled vehicle was the skateboard.
In addition to skateboarding, Dickies have been appropriated in hip-hop culture. Among the brand’s fans were rap icons NWA, who wore patch-pocketed button-up shirts and matching pants with Nikes. It’s a look that can be worn today, which is because Dickies pants and shirts are incredibly simple. Compared to Carhartt’s rugged, khaki look, Dickies has generally had a more streamlined and subtle look that makes sense with a clean pair of white trainers. The button-pocket shirt is neither too casual nor too dressy, while the 874 pant has a boxy but not baggy fit that can be worn by people who are still learning to let go of their skinny jeans.
Dickies’ century-old collection is divided into denim, twill, headwear and graphic tees, so you can buy the pieces from each subsection or mix and match them as you see fit. The pieces are slightly more expensive than the average Dickies garment, but not outrageously so as this is a special collection.
Check out some of our top picks from the Dickies 100 Years collection.
Dickies 100 Year Denim Chore Coat, Indigo Blue
Chore coats will always be in style, and even if they aren’t, it’s hard to argue with the ample pockets you get with this work-inspired style. This jacket is cut from heavyweight 100% cotton denim and has four pockets, including a chest pocket secured with a button.
Buy: Dickies Chore Jacket $109.99
Dickies 100 Year Double Knee Denim Jeans
These remixed jeans are both modern and classic. Like regular jeans, they’re made from 100% cotton, but these pants skip the traditional five-pocket design found on jeans and opt for side slash pockets, with an additional thigh cargo pocket. The pants have reinforced knees for durability.
Buy: Dickies Double Knee Denim Jeans $94.99
Dickies 100 Year Long Sleeve Work Shirt
This durable work shirt is made from 100% cotton, cut from hard-wearing twill. It has two buttoned pockets on the chest, as well as a slot for a pen. The chest pocket also features the classic horseshoe logo.
Buy: Dickies Work Shirt $99.99
Dickies 100 Year Satin Work Trousers
Go for a coordinated look and get the pants with the shirt, which is also 100% cotton. The pants have a regular, relaxed fit for a more casual look.
Buy: Dickies Pants $94.99
Dickies 100 Year Anniversary T-Shirt, White
This Dickies t-shirt is made from a cotton/poly blend and features a special edition logo on the chest pocket and a plain back. It is available in black, white or grey.
Buy: Dickies T-shirt $24.99
Dickies 100 Year Beanie, Black
No outfit is complete without accessories. Top it all off with this logo beanie from Dickies, which features the limited edition centenary logo and is made from hot acrylic.
Buy: Dickies Beanie $24.99
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