We asked two of our most active “in-the-dirt” gardeners to try out some of the clothing in our new Wildwood line. Deborah is our lead product tester and Jennifer manages our campus vegetable garden. Here’s their report:
I love these clothes! After working in them, washing them and wearing them around town, I realized that I have never before owned specialized “gardening clothes.” I usually wear jeans or yoga pants with crummy t-shirts for gardening. Now I realize that there’s a huge difference.
- Double-thick knees keep moisture from seeping through. I can tell they won’t wear thin like my jeans.
- On laundry day I always have to shake my pants off outside before I throw them in the washer because they collect all kinds of soil and debris in the creases. With these pants, the canvas fabric doesn’t seem to trap dirt.
See everything in the Wildwood clothing line, and more: Gardener’s clothing
- I love the hint of pink inside! That little pop really makes a difference; it has the same effect as wearing a stylish scarf, but smartly engineered right into your work clothes.
- I was struck by how warm this is — perfect for cooler fall weather. I find the pockets to be a comfortable fit for my hands when they’re chilly.
- Great fit, very comfortable. The fabric feels weighty and cozy, but not at all sweaty.
- I’m not a tall person, so I appreciate that this top hits me below my waist but just above my hips. I struggle when shirts are exaggerated in length, as they often don’t flatter my height.
The pants and jacket are made of rugged material – I don’t have to worry about snagging, ripping or tearing the fabric when I’m pruning shrubs. They are good for the toughest jobs.
The jacket is a perfect weight for fall or early spring weather. I’ve even worn it in a light rain and the moisture didn’t soak through. The lining is soft and cozy warm, but still feels breathable.
With the reinforced knees on the pants, I can kneel on the ground for weeding, and the higher waist ensures that I don’t catch a cold breeze on my back.
The pullover is soft and comfortable. The thumb holes help keep me warm while raking leaves on colder days, and for wearing under gloves while skiing or making snowmen after the gardening season is done.
In these clothes, I can go from cutting back perennials and raking leaves to watching Saturday morning soccer games at the park, and feel comfortable the entire day.