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How to Dress for Gardening

Gardening can be a very therapeutic activity. It’s also an extremely productive one. However, doing all the work is not as easy as one might think. Even thinking about the clothes you need to wear is not something that you should take lightly because, unfortunately, shorts and custom t-shirts are not the best ones to wear when doing work in the garden. To help you be more efficient with your gardening, here are some clothing tips you may need:

Long Sleeves

You will feel the heat of the sun when you’re out gardening. You may be tempted to wear a t-shirt or even sleeveless when you do work in your garden to feel more comfortable and fresh. However, keep in mind that it’s not just the sweat you’ll have to deal with; it’s the scorching heat of the sun directly on your skin, which is why you should opt to wear long-sleeved shirt. Long-sleeved shirts will not only protect your arms from the sun, it will also protect you from mosquitoes flying around.

Loose Trousers

When gardening, you will have to bend every now and then to get the job done. Your legs, along with your whole body, should be free to move around. Shorts are not really advisable; the mud and mosquitoes would rejoice. Denim is not ideal, either; they’re not loose enough to let you move around freely. That leaves you with loose trousers. Loose trousers are good to wear when gardening; they’re baggy enough, and they have a lot of pockets that will help you carry small tools.

Pastel-Colored Clothes

It’s quite common knowledge that wearing dark-colored clothes in summer is a big no-no. Dark colors absorb heat more; thus, wearing shirts in black, for instance, will only make it hard for you to endure the blazing sun.  Pastel or light-colored clothes should be your choice.


Of course, gloves are a must. It’s unsanitary and quite dangerous to work in your garden with your bare hands. You will be holding pots and soil that have been outside for a long time. The chances of these having bacteria are not slim. Moreover, there’s a huge possibility of you dealing with twigs, or worse, worms while digging through the ground. Gloves are practically the only ones that will block anything harmful from reaching your skin.


Loose top and pants may not be enough to combat the heat of the sun. Too much exposure to the sun’s heat may cause a lot of things, including headache; that’s why wearing a hat is also necessary when gardening. Hats will protect your head and your eyes from any negative effect being overly exposed to the sun will bring.


Boots will serve as your feet’s protection from the ground. Much like gloves, they’re about the only things that will keep your feet from being exposed to anything harmful that you might encounter while gardening. They’re smarter to wear than your average shoe wear because they’re higher and more covered, which means that your feet are better protected with them on.

Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant

Aside from clothes, it’s also imperative that you put on sunscreen and mosquito repellant. Gardens are beautiful, but they can house insects. Do not rely solely on the clothes that you wear. Double up your protection by putting on sunscreen and mosquito repellant.


After you’re sure that you have ticked all the boxes for your wear, you are now ready to do some good changes in your garden!