‘Engineered for Women’ does exactly what it says on the tin, very well indeed.
It’s strange to think of ‘womenswear’ and ‘menswear’ when it comes to Dickies. The brand’s apparel is so easy to eat, sleep, live and just about do everything else in that it usually outgrows any gender labels.
As the workwear brand has pointed out, though, making womenswear is not about dividing collections by gender, but actually making their fit less male-centric (see: ill-fitting PPE and sexist stab vests). Which we’re certainly here for.
So, their design team has worked on a new ‘Engineered for Women’ range that does exactly what it says on the tin – adapts Dickies classics for a conventionally female figure – without a shred of BIC’s pen for her bullshit.
Rather than merely scale the clothes down, they’ve dropped the shoulder to avoid the pointy shoulder phenomenon that an oversized sweatshirt can create, and cut top layers shorter to keep everything slick.
New garms include the ‘Ellenwood’ (the classic tee, cropped shorter), the ‘Park City’ (high-waisted carpenter pants), the ‘Talmo’ shirt (a Hawaiian shirt) and the ‘Toccoa’ (a remixed chore coat). Nothing revolutionary, just re-tweaked to make everything feel sharper.
The classic ‘bib’ dungarees have been morphed into a bib-dress, too, meaning you’ve got every layer covered. The pastel green colour running throughout is literally mint – it’s giving off mojito-on-the-balcony vibes that you’ll want to slurp up.
Basically, the long-and-short of this slightly shortened collection is that Dickies can do no wrong.
‘Engineered for Women’ is now available on www.dickieslife.com.