I found a pink denim boiler suit on ASOS back in March, around the time it snowed. It’s fairly oversized, with button-down detail at the top and pockets. At first, I was unsure about it. I couldn’t tell whether it just about worked, or whether it was on the wrong side of Super Mario Bros. But then it snowed all the time, when it was supposed to be spring, and all rules went out of the window. I wore it with polo necks underneath, only to receive many a compliment. Since, I’ve worn it throughout the seasons, with everything from Converse to sandals.
So, you can imagine my joy on seeing several of the high street’s new collections, which appear to be full of boiler suits. Zara’s white number, in particular, has already been a huge hit, spotted on multiple show-goers at Oslo Runway, Norway's own fashion week. At Copenhagen fashion week earlier this month, the many people wearing boiler suits proved they look as great in the summer as they do autumn, pairing them with sandals, basket bags and shell jewellery.
On the high street, there's everything from denim all-in-ones to comfy khaki styles – pieces that can be worn now, but will take you into the more autumnal weather, too. Plus, they’re an easy outfit (once you’ve accepted that going to the loo takes that bit longer) and work for pretty much any occasion. Here’s five ways to wear one…
The khaki boiler suit
Classic khaki makes a jumpsuit feel a bit more wearable; it goes with everything and works for both sunny days and colder weather. Wear it now with flat sandals and jazzy jewellery and then swap for your black ankle boots when the weather changes.
The oversized boilersuit
If you’re yet to go on your hols, a roomy jumpsuit is a great shout for travelling. Or just for relaxed weekends – Toast’s boiler suit will be a dream. The elasticated waist ensures it’s super comfy but it also ties, meaning you won’t feel like you’re just wearing a giant sack. A good one to wear with your trainers.
The white boiler suit
Zara’s all-in-one is already a street-style favourite and it hasn’t been available for very long. The contrast stitching makes it look a lot more expensive than it is – you could wear a T-shirt underneath with the top unzipped a bit, or just wear on its own. It will look particularly good with bold colours – a pair of jazzy shoes and minimal accessories will make it ideal for a night out.
The classic denim boiler suit
Particularly good for in-between weather, a denim boilersuit gives your jeans a day off. Wear now on its own with flats, and then layer a roll neck underneath when it gets chilly. Works well with boots – if you want to tap into the 70s vibe that is big news for autumn, go for a tan pair.
The colourful boiler suit
A coloured jumpsuit can often feel a bit out-there, so a pale shade works as a good compromise. Keep accessories neutral if it feels a bit too out of your comfort zone – white trainers are an obvious choice, while cream knits will look great underneath next season.