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Work Pants and Jeans FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Jeans & Pants

Relaxed fit, Western Cut, prewashed, untreated … there are so many different types of jeans and work pants. Let GEMPLER’S help you wade through the options with the following frequently asked questions about buying jeans and pants. Still have questions? Contact us here or by calling 1-800-382-8473.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the different styles of work pants?
2. Will prewashed work jeans shrink?
3. How much will my non-prewashed work pants shrink?
4. What's the difference between dungarees and relaxed-fit jeans?
5. How do I size my bib overalls?
6. What are the different types of materials that work pants are made from?
7. Which type of material is lighter and/or cooler?
8. Which is heavier and/or stronger?
9. What does 10-oz. mean in 10-oz. cotton duck?


1. What are the different styles of work pants?
In order from tightest to loosest fitting, GEMPLER'S stocks: western cut style, traditional fit, relaxed fit, dungaree (work) fit and loose fit jeans and work pants.


2. Will prewashed work jeans shrink?
Prewashed jeans are cut oversized so that when they are washed and dried during the manufacturing process, they will shrink to the size on the label. Very little shrinkage will occur after purchase, so a customer does not have to take into account shrinkage when buying a prewashed garment.


3. How much will my non-prewashed work pants shrink?
As a general rule of thumb, non-prewashed jeans will shrink between 3–5%, depending upon how you launder them. Taking that into consideration, you may wish to go up one waist size (say, a 36 instead of a 34) to allow for shrinkage when purchasing them.


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4. What's the difference between dungarees and relaxed-fit jeans?
They are similar in cut but do have some differences. Dungarees feature a full seat and thigh (more material than traditional fit), will sit generally at the natural waist and have a wide leg to fit over work boots. Relaxed-fit jeans also sit generally at the natural waist but come with a relaxed seat and thigh (more material than a traditional cut but a little less than dungarees).


5. How do I size my bib overalls?
Bib overalls are sized using both the waist and inseam measurements. It is advisable to order insulated bibs one size larger than the waist size of your jeans. Some customers also order a shorter inseam because the inseam on bibs starts at a lower point.


6. What are the different types of materials that work pants are made from?
Work pants are made from a wide array of materials, including cotton, cotton canvas, polyester-cotton blends, denim (both treated and untreated) and ripstop (a double-lock stitched cotton canvas or cotton blend designed to stop rips and tears).


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7. Which type of material is lighter and/or cooler?
Generally, cotton work pants are lighter in weight and usually cooler than denim work jeans.


8. Which is heavier and/or stronger?
Untreated or non-prewashed denim is one of the strongest work pants material. Ripstop cotton is also a strong but lightweight material.


9. What does 10-oz. mean in 10-oz. cotton duck?
"10-oz." is an indication of the weight of the fabric per square yard. If a garment is made out of 10-ounce cotton, then a square yard of the material weighs 10 ounces.


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