Carhartt WIP: One Item Three Ways
Both a time-honoured workwear brand and a streetwear pioneer, Carhartt’s admirable cross-generational legacy is one that has effectively conquered most, if not all corners of the contemporary market. Providing hard-working individuals, skaters and crafts-folk with the enduring apparel their demanding lifestyles yearn for, Carhartt’s rugged yet all-together refined aesthetic is one that remains forever loyal to its representative better-buy ethos. Collaborating with the likes of Pop Trading Company, Converse and patented all-weather giant GORE-TEX® to combine archival design with contemporary character, Carhartt’s undeniable appeal is one that continues to pioneer the modern-day market regardless of necessitated setting.
Maintaining hints towards the brand’s industrialized lineage and carrying forward traits from SS20’s workwear-informed release, SS21 for Carhartt WIP retains the brand’s penchant for fickleness with respect to the warmer seasons ahead and the current colder climate. A collection that simultaneously feels both timeless and contemporary, SS21 welcomes the return of practical skate-mindful profiles, considered colour tones and purposeful cuts to suit the changing seasons.
Pairing some of the best picks from the latest Carhartt release, we’ve showcased the endless possibilities the brand possesses when it comes to styling alongside apparel and accessories from the likes of Nike SB, Patagonia and adidas, whilst skate-centric couplings with Civilist, Pop Trading Company and Quartersnacks tap into the brand’s new-found skate-led attraction as circulated via its ‘94 launched WIP line.
Carhartt Akron T-Shirt
Traditionally styled with a laid-back yarn dyed aesthetic, the 100% cotton Carhartt Akron T-Shirt makes for the perfect short-sleeve base layer when paired with the loose fitting Pop Trading Company DRS Denim Pants, Nike SB’s hybrid Bruin React and tonal headwear accessories such as this 5 panel cap from the Tired x Thrasher collab. A casual day-on-day styling well-suited to both skate and street.
With wetter weather and the need for insulative layers in mind, the waxy-tone Carhartt Akron T-Shirt partners well with Patagonia’s 3L Torrentshell Jacket for a breathable yet protective sense of wear. The brand-matched Carhartt Lawton Pants in the shade of deep lagoon adhere to casual comfort, whilst signature skate shoes, such as the Converse Louie Lopez Pro Ox, supply grippy traction regardless of terrain.
For appreciatives of ‘90s era skate styling, pairing the stripe-stacked Carhartt Akron tee with adidas’ PB Workshop Windbreaker Jacket and matching PB Workshop Pants supplies a sportier and bulkless everyday wear. Cross-waist or over-shoulder travel packs such as Civilist’s tonal-matched Tyvek Hip Bag make light of storage suitabilities both on and off the board, whilst footwear such as Vans’ ‘Skate Classics’ TecTuff Old Skool Shoes are designed with all-season performance at the forefront of their masterful vision.
A returning favourite styled with a heavyweight 13oz blend, the Carhartt Chase Hoodie provides ample insulative coverage no matter the setting. For everyday settings, try pairing the provence-purple long sleeve layer with a colour-block pair of Patagonia Baggies 5" Shorts for added free-flowing comfort, whilst throwback classics such as Dennis Busenitz’s adidas Vintage Shoes match well with crew-length socks like Carhartt’s Jack Socks for a spring-ready vibe.
In the run up to the warmer months, the relaxed-fitting Carhartt Chase Hoodie layers well with archival layers such as the Levi's® Red Tab™ Hyde Quilted Bomber Jacket for a double-up sense of insulative innovation. Across the bottom, try leisurely cuff-legged joggers such as the triple-striped adidas Bouclette Pants, whilst the gum-soled Nike SB Bruin React Shoes pair well with top-off insulative accessories such as Quartersnacks’ Rubber Label Beanie for an all-covered commitment to those unexpected colder days.
Easy-going and ideal for stay at home or skate days, Carhartt’s Chase Hoodie supplies a casual cut when styled with laid-back tees such as the Converse Star Embroidered T-Shirt. Non-invasive denim-wear and straight-legged workwear designs such as Stan Ray’s OG Painter Pants cater to everyday lifestyles with reinforced longevity, while low-profile lace ups like Last Resort AB’s two-tone VM001 sneakers add a pop of contemporary colour with respect to courtside classics.
Built to meet the demands of the modern day thanks to its 100% cotton ‘Columbia’ ripstop construction, the rinsed-grey Carhartt Cargo Joggers are both lightweight and loyal to their sports-led undertone. An easy-to-style wardrobe essential that complements relaxed graphic-led tees such as Parlez’s Konsort profile, whilst monochrome layerings like the Nike SB Essentials Jacket and the soccer-styled adidas Copa Nationale pair well together to curate a classic yet functional day-on-day wear.
If you’re after a pairing well-suited to any city setting, then the midweight 6.5oz Cargo Joggers are well-matched with Carhartt’s Half Zip Alvin Sweatshirt for a skate-friendly utilitarian twist. In light of the warmer months and days where additional protection from the sun’s gaze is required, why not opt for headwear staples such as Dancer’s Embroidered Apple Dad Cap, whilst Nike SB’s eco-conscious Janoski Flyleather shoes complete this outfit with a touch of grounded, environmentally-mindful character.
From the bottom up, the adidas Matchbreak Super Shoes host the same lightweight, skate-centric functionality as Carhartt’s Cargo Joggers. Styled with the Patagonia Retro-X Jacket and another staple from Carhartt, the Scotty Pocket Long Sleeve T-Shirt in stripe-stacked grey-heather, this llaid back pairing is ideal for those explorative days in the spring-time sun. For a little added coverage, try styling with a no-nonsense headwear staple such as the Civilist Sports Cap in charcoal.
Sticking to what the brand does best, SS21 for Carhartt is a season filled with remastered classics and admirable references to the brand’s utilitarian legacy. Switching up colourways to suit the coming warmer months and innovatively opting for climate-friendly fabrics to keep everyday activities comfortable and insulated in their purpose, Carhartt comes full circle to celebrate yet another quarterly release inspired by creative quality and a sensibility for certified ‘honest value for an honest dollar’ stylings.
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