Many moons ago.
It was considered you couldn't even DREAM of coming to work in anything less than steel toe boots and chain saw chaps.
That Idiocy held so solid for ages.
Kinda like 'eggs have cholesterol and are bad for you' idiocy.
I do quite a bit of work with irrigation and other water obstacles (docks/ponds etc)
When I wear long pants I prefer Wrangler ripstop cargo pants they dry quick like jungle fatigues.
I do wear Utilikits commonly.
Always Khaki or Olive colors.
I generally do not like cargo shorts, because teenagers always buy them twelve sizes too big and look sloppy in them.
In fact I generally don't like anyone under 25 they all look sloppy with their justin beiber haircuts.