PSA: The boiler suit's here to stay

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PSA: The boiler suit's here to stay

Remember when you said you didn’t ‘get’ prairie dresses? That bumbags would ‘never’ make a comeback? Or that sneakers were ‘only for the gym’? Fashion has a habit of throwing us curveballs that we initially scoff at, before eventually wondering how we ever did without. The boiler suit – beloved of mechanics and Jason Voorhees – is the latest item to go from ‘no way’ to ‘oh, hey’.

Having been in circulation among fashion sets for a while, it’s finally gone mainstream. According to Lyst, searches are up 81 per cent from this time a year ago.

LF Markey, Dhs867 

Current/Elliott at Net-a-Porter, Dhs1,628

So what’s the appeal? “They are so easy!”says designer Louise Markey, whose label LF Markey does an excellent cotton drill style. “You can put together an outfit without too much thought and still feel well-dressed.” “They’re a great option when one is stuck on what to wear,” agrees Mytheresa’s Fashion Buying Director, Tiffany Hsu.

Ashley Graham proves the power of accessorising well

“They cover an ‘all-in-one’ look which can be dressed up or down with a change of accessories or shoes.” The boiler suit also has year- round appeal. “It’s forever transitional for the seasons,” says The Collected Group’s Chief Brand Officer, Sarah Rutson. “We wear ours with polo necks underneath in winter,” says Louise, “and with legs and sleeves rolled up in summer.” And with versions all over the AW19 catwalks (see Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney), it’s also fashion-season-proof.

Acne Studios at My Theresa, Dhs2,154

But hang on, isn’t this just another tricky trend made entirely for those over 6ft and under 21? Won’t the rest of us run the risk of looking like Phil Mitchell in make-up? Absolutely not. Last week, Ashley Graham championed the merits of a waist-emphasising belt for the bigger busted, while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s suede version was impeccably grown up.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks chic in suede

One thing to remember: when you see one you like, pounce quick (M&S’s denim version has already sold out online) – oh, and leave the spanner at home.

Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans, Splash News and Getty Images