All-in-One Wonder? Fashion Girls Make a (Strong) Case for the Boilersuit

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When considering some of the ugliest fashion trends of all time, does the boilersuit spring to mind? Well, it’s back – with a vengeance. The all-in-one piece is notorious for dividing opinions between the sartorially daring and those who play it safe due to its hard-to-wear stigma. But whichever side of the fashion fence you choose to sit on, there’s no denying that for Fall/Winter 2017 – and even Spring/Summer 2018 – the boilersuit is a fashion girl must-have.

At this point, you may be thinking, “Never mind the trend, what is the difference between a boilersuit and a jumpsuit?” And we’re here to explain. A jumpsuit has many variable factors, but fundamentally it is a fittedseamless outfit – an alternative to trousers and a top. The boilersuit, however, has a looser and more utilitarian fit. This is due to its humble origins. It was designed in the 1920s to be worn by construction workers, brick layers, and firemen as a protective layer on top of their  “normal” clothing.

This is why you’ll find some present-day versions with long pockets low down on the leg, which were added to hold tools, while the popper fastenings exist for ease of removal at the end of a long workday. Makes sense now, right? If you haven’t heard the term boilersuit before, that might be because it is also referred to as coveralls, overalls, or even a “siren suit”. However you choose to describe the piece, the outcome is conclusive; this is practicality-meets-style at its best.

The beauty of a boilersuit is simple: It eliminates the need to mix, match, and style multiple items. Who needs to bother with dresses, tops, and trousers when you have a readymade outfit all worked out for you? With a little bit of clever styling, it works for pretty much any occasion. Work? Add some courts. Weekend? Sneakers will do. Party? Roll up the sleeves, add lashings of jewelry, and put on your highest heels. If layering is fashion algebra, this is fashion math 101. 

Whether you’re sold on the trend or still need some convincing, Savoir Flair has rounded up the models, “It” girls, and fashion editors currently rocking the look. Browse the gallery of style inspiration below, and then shop our edit of the best boilersuits available online.

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