Yes, we love jeans and a nice top and, we admit, we get excited about layering – but sometimes all we crave are one-piece wonders you can just slip on and go. Boilersuits tick off all our utility style dreams and (we hate to go on about it) are ideal in British summertime, too.
If you want to streamline your fashion choices – whether for sustainability reasons or for your own sanity – we’re big fans of items that let you get dressed in less steps. We’re talking about dresses and jumpsuits that just need shoes and a bag (or just shoes if you’ve got decent pockets) before you head out the door.
And it doesn’t get more fuss-free than a classic boilersuit.
Unlike a jumpsuit, which follows the one-piece / two-leg formula yet can have any kind of top half (halter neck, spaghetti-strapped, one-shoulder, puff-sleeve) and work for any occasion, boilersuits are more straight-forward. Button or zip up; usually with a collar but sometimes collarless.
You *might* find an occasional asymmetric fastening. Boilersuits are mainly casual, weekend-wear – although you can style them up with heels, obvs. Boilersuits are the sort of clothes that won’t mess you around. You always know where you’re at with a boilersuit.
How can you style a boilersuit for the weekend?
We love wearing a boilersuit over a Breton tee or under a biker jacket. They look brilliant with trainers and making packing for travel a breeze (less outfit options mean more room for holiday shopping!)
Which are the best boiler suits to buy for summer 2021?
The navy zip-up version from COS is city-smart while H&M’s sleeveless option means you can wear bare-armed now and over a light knit when it gets cooler. The White Company have a timeless and versatile short sleeved style and Jonathan Simkhai’s vegan leather boilersuit has cropped trouser legs.
If you have an investment-sized budget, we’re swooning over Gucci’s forever-buy boilersuit although ASOS has several high street-priced hits, whether you choose a pink boilersuit or chocolate-coloured corduroy is up to you.