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Gardening Clothes

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What should you wear when working outdoors?

The clothes you choose to wear while you work in the garden can have a big role in both your comfort and safety. Before you get suited up to work outside, keep these tips in mind.


The clothes you choose to wear while you work in the garden can have a big role in both your comfort and safety. Before you get suited up to work outside, keep these tips in mind.

One of the biggest factors for effective gardening clothes is sun protection. Yes, you're still going to use sunscreen, but you'll want clothes that keep you covered up as well. Choose a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face. You may also want to wear lightweight long sleeves and long pants to cover more skin.

Comfortable is a must for all the bending, crouching and reaching necessary in gardening. Loose-fitting clothes will be much easier to work in than tight jeans. Also consider if the clothes have pockets to hold tools or gloves. Loose-fitting overalls with a front pocket are a perennial garden wear option.

The right shoes are important too. You'll need something that fits well, but covers your feet to protect them from thorns and other injury. They should also be waterproof. an old pair of sneakers will work, or you can buy shoes specifically designed for working in the garden.

Depending how often you garden, you may find it convenient to have several similar outfits to wear.
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