Trend Trial: Boiler Suits

“The boiler suit trend”: now THERE are some words we hoped never to have to write. It’s happened, though. Boiler suits are being deemed a “hot trend” for the summer, which means we find ourselves in the expected position of having to ask you…

boiler suits fashion trend

Boiler suits, ASOS

Before we looked at these images, we’d automatically have dismissed boiler suits, not as a crime of fashion, necessarily, but as something we would never want to wear. (Unless we were actually, you know, boiling…)

After looking at the images, however… we’re STILL dismissing them as something we’d never, ever want to wear. Especially the denim version, which is just too ‘Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ for words.

You are not us, though, and for all we know, you may have spent your entire life just waiting for boiler suits to become trendy, so you could wear them with pride. Also, to be fair, not ALL of the current crop of boiler suits have a utilitarian, “I’m here to fix your plumbing” look about them. No, some of them look more like silky pyjamas:

selection of fashionable boiler suits

These suits are all from River Island, who’ve positioned themselves right at the forefront of the boiler suit trend, with a selection of different styles, as shown above. Most commentators are recommending wearing them with heels and accessories, presumably in a bid to make them look less like lounge or workwear, and more like street clothing.  We guess the embroidery on the River Island versions will definitely make sure you won’t be mistaken for a plumber, but we’re still seeing sleepwear on these versions, particularly the all-white version.

On the plus side however, if you can pull these off, we guess at least they’ll be comfortable 0 unless you need to visit the bathroom in a hurry.

What you think of boiler suits? Fashion crime, or just fine?

8 Comments

  • June 17, 2013

    Sandy

    They were called something else in the 80s (the name escapes me at the moment), mine was khaki. Niiice! 😛

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  • June 17, 2013

    Ana

    I actually like the black one. If you wear it with heals and nice acessories it won’t look like you’re a plumber.

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  • June 17, 2013

    Liz in Paris

    Had a red one I loved in the early 90s but am probably too old for them now. The black one’s not bad though, it’d probably be quite versatile. Not mad about any of the RI ones.

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  • June 17, 2013

    andrea

    70/80s it was the jump suit. I had a blue one, nothing really to recommend it, and having to undo a whole load of buttons and then be half naked so you could go to the loo was horrible. I won’t wear one again. Almost as bad as a onesie!

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    • June 18, 2013

      Sandy

      YES! Jump suit, that was it! Why was it jump suit? I kept thinking of “air…something” when trying to remember the name so maybe it was something to do with airmen? LOLOL!!

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  • June 18, 2013

    Claudia

    I’d say, if you want to be covered in one fabric from shoulder to ankle, wear a pantsuit. Much more flattering and practical, it might even give you a waist!

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  • June 18, 2013

    Lighty-Lo

    The thing is… if I were a model, I would wear them and look cool and gorgeous. But being my-petite-average-looking-self it wouldn’t suit me.

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  • June 19, 2013

    annette tirette

    I kinda like them, and think they might look surprisingly well on shorter people. It’s like a maxi dress: one silhouette in one colour or material really elongates you! I tried one on and it made 5’4″ me look a lot taller.

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