Complex Tests: Levi's Commuter Trousers and Workshirt

Complex Tests: Levi's Commuter Trousers and WorkshirtPhotography by Cameron Priestley

Next up, we also tested out the new Commuter Workshirt. A lightweight answer to the first season's Commuter Trucker Jacket, we loved the slim but not skinny fit of the fabric. It also utilizes Schoeller's 3XDRY technology, where the outside of the fabric is water-repellent, while the inside absorbs perspiration, resulting in a moisture-wicking effect that cools the body and dries quickly. We worked up a sweat during the bike to work, but found ourselves feeling fine and dry within fifteen minutes of arriving at the office.

Be advised: due to its nature as a lightweight denim shirt, we wouldn't recommend wearing a white T-shirt underneath. While the workshirt possesses moisture-wicking qualities, we found that there is some color bleeding that occurred. To prevent this, consider laundering it once before wearing it out, it'll also take away some of the stiffness.

There are practical details designed into the shirt like a water-bottle sized pocket at the back right of the shirt, inspired by cycling jerseys, and a hidden zip pouch in the left arm. If you prefer to rock it with the sleeves rolled, there are straps under the arms that attach to buttons on the upper sleeve, securing your cuffs in place while you ride. We also appreciated the open underarm ventilation, a functional design choice that reminded us of designer Patrik Ervell.

Some other design details include a covered placket, a front flap pocket, and a longer tail to accommodate riding posture.  The result is a modern-looking aesthetic on a workwear staple. Made of 100% cotton, we found the shirt fits true to size, so whatever you wear in the Levi's Trucker Jacket would be the same case for the Commuter Workshirt. It retails for $88.

All in all, we were really surprised with how well these two items performed. Levi's has managed to combine style, function, and affordability with its new Commuter Series, and they've definitely stepped up their game this season. We can't wait to get our hands on more pieces, and are definitely excited to see what else is on the horizon. On our wish list? An array of moisture-wicking button down shirts made from the same cotton/twill blend as the trousers, and we wouldn't mind having navy versions of the pants either. Shop the full Commuter Series here.

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