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Workwear as a System: Layering Truewerk

Most workwear is stuck in the past. Leaving you with gear that lags far behind other performance apparel categories like outdoor and tactical - and we’re not just talking about old-school fabrics - but about philosophy too. Yes, Truewerk believes technical designs and performance fabrics are essential for mobility, durability and comfort, but what about when one product can’t tackle everything you’ll face in a day?

You can’t control the forecast, but you can control how you deal with what the day delivers. That’s why everything Truewerk designs is engineered to work as part of a larger integrated work system. Because the right layering system can end up being one of your best tools. When you’re comfortable you can stay nicely in the flow.

This isn’t by accident, from the beginning we’ve designed our fleece to slide effortlessly under jackets and used highly breathable fabrics for base-layer and summer pieces to keep you cool. As we continue to build high performance workwear for you, we’ll keep thinking about how each piece fits into the broader system, but enough about us - more about layering.

Live. Laugh. Layer


At its core, layering lets you take advantage of different materials and fit to quickly adjust to most conditions, giving you just-right temperature, protection and comfort.

How your base-layer fits under your fleece, and how your jacket slides and moves over top of them makes a difference. That’s why we design everything to ensure each layer works together. If you have a shell with stretch, you better have a base- and mid-layer that stretch too or you’ll get binding and you’ll get knocked right out of the flow state thinking about your gear not what you’re working on.

Layering 101


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Everyone’s body functions slightly differently. Some people overheat faster than others, some are always cold. Layering gives you the customization to add or remove pieces based on what works best for you. However, in general:


1. Start with a base layer

On many job sites, there are periods of high activity - pulling, crouching, pushing -- followed by periods with less exertion. During those high energy outputs, your body generates more heat which can cause you to break a sweat. Think about that moisture you’re producing getting trapped against your skin as you transition into lower energy outputs, the effect can be devastating (and kinda gross feeling), making you cold and uncomfortable. Having a base layer that lets moisture escape is critical to staying dry, comfortable and focused. 

It’s up to you (and the climate) whether it’s short sleeves or long sleeves. We use the Men's EDO Tee or T.5 WerkHoody (also great sun hoody in the summer on its own) as our go-to for a first layer. Both are available in our recently released women’s fit here (keep an eye on for more women’s fit products on the way).


2. Mid-layers

Layer two should help retain body heat without creating bulk that compromises your movement. Because a mid-layers primary purpose is to keep you warm, it should be breathable, flexible and provide insulation.

As if that’s not enough, it should also be easy to pull on and off - you are layering afterall. We designed T2 Half Zip WerkFleece, T2 Fleece WerkHoody and the T2 Fleece Pullover Hoody with the capability to serve as advanced mid-layers. The fits are just roomy enough to slip over any base and give you the freedom to move comfortably. They’re not too baggy, so extra fabric won’t get in the way by making it hard for the final layer to fit how it should. 


3. Outer-layers

Outerwear is your first line of defense against the elements, especially the wind, rain and snow. Treatments like DWR and 3-layer bonded fabrics help fight against what mother nature throws at you. Again, retaining flexibility and breathability is key. If everything isn’t working together efficiently - you’re gonna spend time being annoyed and distracted. At Truewerk you can count on the Women's T3 WerkHoody, Men's T3 WerkHoodyT3 WerkJacket or in extreme conditions, the T4 WerkJacket as high performing outerwear. 



We hope this helps provide a brief overview of layering Truewerk gear. There’s so much more to touch on and we hope to bring you more content that can help you optimize your workwear system in the future. We didn’t even get into underwear, socks, boots, hats and other gear. 

Keep your eyes on as we continue to bring you more high performance workwear to layer into your day. As always, we’re here to support you and the badass skilled trade professionals you are. If you have any questions or feedback for us don’t hesitate to email us a, our content and products get better when we hear from you!



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