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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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