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How To Prepare Your Work Clothes For Colder Months

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It's October and already the temperatures are beginning to drop around the country. The leaves are changing their colors, the mornings are cooler and people are breaking out those sweatshirts and jackets. The cold weather will be here before you know it. But are your work clothes ready?

If you're like most working class people, you have your summer clothes and then there's the fall or winter stuff. Jackets, boots, hats, etc. What is their condition? Were you a little hard on your safety boots last winter? Maybe that jacket has seen better days. Here are a few tips to make sure you are prepared:

1. Are there holes in your jacket? Does the zipper still work? What about the pockets? If you are not sure your jacket will last another winter like we had last year then perhaps it's time to retire the thing and get a new one!

2. Can you see your underwear through your jeans? Holy jeans let cold air touch exposed skin and lets your coworkers see what kind of underwear you are wearing. Save them and you some embarrassment and buy a new pair.

3. If your boots let in more water than they keep out, replace them! Let's face it, there's nothing worse than working all day with wet feet, right? Don't take chances with your feet. If your boots have some life still left in them, clean them up with some soap and warm water, apply a boot oil and get extra miles out of them. If your boots are beyond saving, purchase a new pair.

4. Wash your gloves, hats and scarves. Dirt, germs and who knows what else can linger from last season. If nothing else, at least they will smell better.

Taking just a couple minutes to inspect your winter work wear will save you lots of hassles in the long run.

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