Tall Girls Rejoice - Work Pants

Thank you to Duluth Trading Company!  I finally found work pants that are long enough!  I ordered Slim Leg Cargo Pants and Boot Cut Work Pants both in a 35 inch leg length.  

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So long short pants!

First of all, it is amazing to be able to order pants in a leg length, not just a pant size.  Secondly, I had more than one choice! And then, equally importantly, when they arrived they fit and they looked good too.  They are constructed to be worn by women; I like the “curvesetter” waistband which is subtle and keeps you covered. Double bonus: there are also lots of functional pockets and the fabric repels water.

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So, what does that even matter?  Of course, I could just make do with some men’s work pants and get on with things, but everyone knows the saying “dress for success” for a reason.  How you dress impacts your physical ability to do a job, as well as so much more. It impacts how you feel about yourself as you work and how others perceive you.  I appreciate having durable pants that fit so that they are not a catch or trip hazard, AND so that I feel put together enough to hop out of the combine and go directly to town to pick up the girls at daycare.

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And, for those of you who shop for the other hard-working people in your life, Duluth has a wide variety of extended sizes to help make sure we can all work safely and look good too.  Check out their Big and Tall (my hubby loves the longtail t-shirts with 3 extra inches of length) and their Trim Fit selections, not to mention women’s pants with inseam lengths 29-35 inches.

Happy Shopping!

Time to Shop

My husband, and our trainees, like to call me “Safety Teresa” because I am the one who coordinates many of our fame safety activities and conversations.  This lighthearted teasing is funny, but it is also a great way to make a sometimes-difficult topic more accessible.  We work hard to promote a safety culture on our farm because we acknowledge two things:

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  • our workplace is also our home, so we have to work and play in the same space

  • we didn’t get to design the perfect safety-oriented yard site, we are working with what we have

I know that many farm families are working with those same two realities, and that sometimes those realities make farm safety and safety planning a stressful topic.  Luckily, personal protective equipment (PPE) is a low-cost, high-impact place to start when looking to improve farm safety. 

My top five everyday Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items on a farm:

  • Steel toe boots

  • Hearing protection

  • Eye protection (sunglasses, safety glasses, welding shield)

  • High visibility clothing

  • Properly fitting gloves designed for your job (rubber gloves/leather gloves)

  • BONUS: Cell phone on your person (clip/pouch)

The bonus of having, and using, personal protective equipment is that it is a highly visible way to affect the safety culture on your operation.  The key to personal protective equipment is that it is personal.  Everyone will be more likely to use their PPE if it does not get in the way of their work.  Operators, farm extenders and employees will each have different preferences, as well as different size or fit requirements so it may take some trial and error before finding the best fitting equipment.

Planning for a safe spring starts now, so get shopping!

Next on the list - PPE for specialty jobs