Baggy or tight? The most 'productive' fit when choosing your workwear wardrobe.

At a glance:

  • Workwear is a crucial line of defence for protecting the body from workplace hazards
  • Baggy work clothes and protective gear can pose a danger on the job, as the excess fabric can catch on sharp edges or moving parts
  • See what BAD workwear offers its customers in well-fitted and stylish workwear

As part of their duty to minimise occupational health and safety (OHS) risks, Australian businesses are required to provide their staff with protective workwear. To meet fit-for-purpose requirements, workwear must be suitable for the type of work hazard it entails, as well as well-fitted and comfortable. It's no secret that poorly fitting workwear can increase the risks of accidents and injuries.

Workwear is unlike any other clothing. It is a crucial line of defence and has a purpose to protect the body while being be resistant to chemicals. As construction and other manual jobs often require hard physical work, workwear must be durable, functional, and well-made. Additionally, workwear needs to fit well and not restrict movement so that the wearer can be safe and more productive.

Baggy or Tight?

No size or shape fits all - especially if some specific tasks require movements inhibited by unsuitable workwear. Workwear that is ill-fitting or too tight can be uncomfortable, causing workers to remove or replace their protective wear entirely. Similarly, loosely fitting or baggy work clothes or protective gears can be equally dangerous on a chaotic building site. Excess fabric can catch on sharp edges or even be caught in moving parts of a machine. It is vital to choose workwear that is appropriate for their role and fits well.

Essentially, well-fitted gloves that are snug but not too tight also allow the wearer to perform manual tasks with greater control while minimising hand fatigue and slippage. Workers exposed to sharp objects, loose materials, or chemicals can incur permanent eye injuries from protective eyewear that does not closely fit their faces.


When you choose work boots that non only fit well but are fit-for-purpose, you reduce the risk of injury from dangerous objects, penetration from the sole or upper shoe, hot surfaces and chemicals, as well as blisters, slips, trips, falls, and rolled ankles.


The assurance of safety is another factor. Employees who work in safe environments are more likely to feel relaxed and comfortable, contributing to increased workplace satisfaction and morale. Protective clothing for the workplace is designed specifically to keep you safe, but only if it fits well. When you fail to buy the appropriate protective gear, the safety of the entire site can be compromised. Ensure every piece of protective equipment you buy - and your workwear - is comfortable, well-fitting, and suitable for the task at hand. 

It is imperative to inspect protective workwear for wear and tear regularly. They need to be checked whenever a task or situation changes so that it remains well-fitted and functional. For example, in the event of an injury, illness or weight gain or loss.

By creating a style that fits, lasts, and performs, BAD workwear is designed to appropriate industry standards and regulations. As fabric plays a critical role in the durability, comfort, breathability, and fit of workwear, BAD only uses DURABLE FREEMOVE™ FABRIC (360 DEGREE STRETCH FREEMOVETM) to ensure the best possible quality and fit. In response to the increasing demand for functional and fashionable work uniforms, BAD Workwear offers a wide selection of items that offer an innovative spin on the traditional work uniform. Designed to provide maximum comfort at the point of use, these products are made of lightweight, skin-friendly materials.


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