Dress to impress – why looks matter for decorators

As a trade professional you need to look the part with clothing that is tailored to your needs. It’s no good turning up to do a job in a pair of old jeans and old sweatshirt as your clients are unlikely to be impressed. What you need then is a set of workwear that not only helps you look professional, but one that will make your job easier. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the best options for decorators and some of the essentials you’ll need.

Bib and brace overalls

The recognised standard and the attire by which all others are measured are the humble bib and brace overalls. Loose fitting but not so loose that they get in the way, bib and brace overalls let you move around freely and have a number of pockets for keeping tools handy. And because they can be worn over other clothing they are the perfect choice for working in all conditions.

Coveralls and boiler-suits

Where extra protection is needed and for particularly messy jobs a good set of coveralls or a boiler-suit is a must have. From disposable fabric boiler-suits that can be simply thrown away after use to the classic cotton coverall which is reusable, this protective clothing will keep you protected during the messiest of jobs.

Dust masks

Protect your lungs when working in dusty environments with a protective respiratory mask. Whether you’re sanding a wall, stripping a door or just working with a spray gun, a respiratory mask will help protect you in your daily job.

Painter’s trousers and jacket

An alternative to the classic bib and brace is to get a set of painter’s trousers and a separate jacket. This approach gives you the protection you need and is becoming increasingly popular with the younger generation of painters and decorators. Generally speaking, there are more size choices available with separate trouser and jacket combinations so you can get a perfect fit every time.


Whether you focus on interior decorating or external painting a good quality pair of work-gloves are an essential for all types of jobs. From more general building gloves, handy for those who will be doing a bit of general building work, to painting specific gloves, having the right gloves for the job will help make your life easier.

Workwear accessories

From high visibility safety vests for working on site to flexible knee pads, there are a full range of workwear accessories that are invaluable for the professional. A painters pouch is one of the best options for those looking for an easy way to keep decorating tools to hand, particularly when working at height.