In the work apparel industry, we aim to produce comfortable, practical clothing that looks good and helps make your work day easier. KingGee workwear coveralls and overalls are growing in popularity in Sydney for their diversity, but they are not the same piece of apparel and the terminology is often switched around.
Let’s explain the difference to help you with workwear searches.
What Are KingGee Workwear Overalls?
An overall is comprised of the trouser section, topped with a flap up-or-down chest panel or bib, a pocket on the chest panel and thick straps to go over each shoulder and clip onto the chest panel or bib. There is no cover for the shoulders, back, a portion of the chest and arms.
You can wear your own clothes below or branded safety workwear shirts with your overalls. In some countries, our overalls are called dungarees.
What Are KingGee Workwear Coveralls?
A coverall is a step up from an overall in the “coverage” department as it offers full body protection all in one. This makes it a great option for heavy-duty, manual tasks. Some people call them boilersuits.
What Industries Use Overalls?
Overalls or dungarees were traditionally utilised in the agricultural, mining and railway industries as most of the protection was needed from the waist down. Contemporary usage has seen this workwear move into the construction and renovation industry (e.g. painting, plastering, stone and composite work), factory jobs, carpentry and joinery, landscaping, etc.
Overalls initially appeared as workwear in the 1750s ‒ over 270 years ago! From the 1960s, the overall burst onto the fashion scene and has never looked back. Overalls are most popular with painters, carpenters, joiners and factory workers. You can choose how much upper-body movement you want based on the shirt that you choose to wear, and you can warm things up by adding a pullover as well.
They do not suit tradies who need upper body protection UNLESS you wear a safety workwear shirt. A coverall is usually recommended in that scenario.
What Industries Use Coveralls?
Coveralls are used across dozens of industries to protect team members from splatter, dirt, knicks, burns and other hazards. Depending on the fabric selected, they can offer the following:
- Breathability & wicking (to prevent soggy patches & fungal infections)
- Water resistance (not waterproof)
- Protection from skin abrasions & extra protection at key points, e.g. knees
- Protection from skin-irritating dust like cement
- Hazmat for the chemical industry and some medical or agricultural needs
- Fire, flame or heat retardancy
- High visibility
- Reduced risk of catching clothes in machinery
- Avoidance of damaging personal clothes
- Great body movement hence reduced fatigue
- Minimum weight versus protection offered
- Appropriate seams to reduce discomfort
Now that you know the functionality of the two items, it’s time to make your choice.
Protect yourself with KingGee workwear in Sydney from Stitchem. Shop online or contact us with your questions.