Originally Posted by size 38R
just wash your face, wearing a hat at work might help you keep the machine shop smell out of your hair. wearing a clean outer shirt, and jacket/shoes. with just a hint of cologne.any lady really close to you will not be put off by the "Worker" smell. in fact, some women like it. most chicks don't really want a university professor anyway. so just get out there and have fun!
I can wash my face and arms, I would wear a hat but I get pretty bad hat head. I actually do know a number of girls that love the smell of the shop, I personally just get tired of it after work, haha.
Originally Posted by Douglas
I work in a very similar environment, I know the exact smell of coolant and cast iron chips you are talking about. I face a similar dilemma.
If your office will accept jeans, as others have pointed out, they are what you want to rock, if styling is that important to you. The problem with raw denim is that, if it does absorb the odor, you aren't going to want to wash them as much as perhaps you should. This time of year, I like easy care stuff like corduroys, which are comfy and look good. I think the smell is what it is if you're not going to shower in between work and after-hours activities like happy hour. There's a lot you can do with a streetwear look that will look good at happy hour and still looks rugged. You can even try to go a little MC with decent trousers, fitted dress shirts, and a sportscoat with square to throw on on the way out the door.
For shoes, I stick with commando-soled boots these days. Lots of good options out there these days in the SWD arena, like those custom work boots that are all over the title page. Today I'm rocking Cheaney Tamar C boots, for example (google for pics), which are pretty good shit kickers for an office/shop environment.
Good luck with the job.
With us being a job/production shop I am usually in the office however I do spend at least an hour to almost all day in the shop. This means everyday I work I am required to wear jeans and steel toe boots. I keep a few sets of Jeans and label inside of them "Work" since the smell stays with them forever. The thing is I do get to visit customers and some days have customers come to visit, I'd like to be able to have a nice change of clothes to look more professional.
Originally Posted by otc
The AE Bayfields are a good boot option too. Available on sale sometimes through lands end (their coupons usually exempt AE...but sometimes they forget). Looks like they are not selling them right now...hope that is not because they are discontinued but just because they are doing a 40% off everything sale and don't want you using it on full price AEs.
Commando sole, Chromexcel leather (so they love more heavy duty treatments like obenauf's leather oil but can still get touched up with some brown cream polish if you gotta spiff them up before going out).
I'd be worried to wear any kind of boot beyond a work boot for most days in the shop. However when I go to visit clients it be nice to have steel toes that also look presentable.
These are my 2 year old boots... You'll see how much abuse they take (You can see they should be brown)
Originally Posted by acidboy
I change to my older denims and steel toed work shoes when I report to work. fashion takes a backseat, specially if you've had the pleasure of having a heavy object accidentally fall on a big toe.
I have to wear steel toes to work. I wouldn't mind however having a pair that is my "nice" presentable pair for days at work when I can actually dress up a little more or as mentioned, go to visit customers.
My main concern is after work, when I walk out that door how can I look more presentable.