The boiler suit may be having a moment in fashion — it was all over both runways and street style stars this past season — but its origins are far more humble. Alternately called coveralls, boiler suits were originally created as workwear for people maintaining coal-fired boilers in an effort to keep their day clothes clean and free of soot. Since then, boiler suits and coveralls have continued to be a staple for everyone from SWAT teams to car mechanics who need practical, tough clothing to wear on the job.
But even if you have the kind of career that allows for much daintier outfits, boiler suits still offer plenty of benefits. Foremost among them? It's an outfit all on its own. Sure, you can always make things jazzier by layering a striped turtleneck underneath yours or cinching it at the waist with a funky belt. But on days when you want to put zero thought into your outfit and still look cool, a boiler suit is an easy thing to throw on that will have you out the door in no time. It's the sartorial equivalent of a one-pot recipe. Combine that with the fact that boiler suits tend to be on the roomier side — meaning no pinching waistbands — and you have an ensemble that's both easy and absurdly comfy.
Ready to streamline your morning wardrobe routine? Click through the gallery below to see all of our favorite boiler suits on the market right now, from Carhartt's utilitarian black number to Alexa Chung's refined denim take.
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