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High viz yellow is sooo last season. This autumn, well dressed site workers will be wearing black. And forget loose fit.

Builders' cleavages will be squeezed into tailored leather jeans. Sounds absurd? Not to clothing manufacturer Rainbow Corporatewear, which has set out to show that rough, tough fabrics designed to keep construction workers snug and safe on site are 'sexy'. Following a catwalk show at London Corporatewear Week, Rainbow's chief designer Lisa Allison gushed: 'Our aim was to show that the newest fabrics being used in areas such as construction, where high durability, wearability and safety are paramount, and which doesn't have the most glamorous image, can be very sexy too.' Allison looked to Hollywood for inspiration. 'We know how stylish the cast of the Matrix looks, and we wanted to show that just because it's workwear, it doesn't have to be frumpy or unfashionable to be wearable and practical. It can look very sleek, [in case you missed it first time] sexy and stylish.'

Not sure how easy it's going to be climbing ladders in a Keanu Reeves-style ankle length coat.

Perhaps there are volunteers for some field trials.

Engineers are a resourceful lot. On a Eurostar trip through the Channel Tunnel recently one of our journalists overheard a fellow passenger boasting that her tunneller dad had 'bagged' some precast segments used to line the Chunnel. He erected them as ornamental bridges over streams at the bottom of his garden. Beautiful.

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