The Boilersuit: What It Is & How to Wear It

Victoria Beckham wearing a boilersuit
Victoria Beckham stepped out in this cold-weather boilersuit last December. Photo source: WhoWhatWear

Craving something different in your wardrobe, maybe a piece that’s super trendy and IG-worthy? Meet the boilersuit, the edgy cousin of rompers and jumpsuits. It’s wearable, chic and also conservative — which is an unusual combo for a fashion-gal favorite.

The name derives from the uniform worn by men who cleaned coal-fired boilers once upon a time. Those guys needed, as you can imagine, light-fitting, protective garb that wouldn’t restrict their movement. The boilersuit was the answer, with its quick, pull-on style and relaxed shape.

Fast-forward to modern times and the fashion world has commandeered the boilersuit, and iterated on it. The once-bland, utilitarian outfit is now a chic option for work or play — and you can find one in every color, with short or long sleeves, and with high-design enclosures.

But still, the boilersuit hasn’t drifted too far from its roots. It’s still super easy to wear, low-key and as comfortable as yoga pants a t-shirt. And when you add a few complementary accessories, you’ll look like you walked straight off the runway. What could be better?

Boilersuits for Summer

Keep it sporty

This Topshop Side Tab Utility Boiler Suit infuses your off-duty style with cool-girl appeal. Available in three shades, it’s perfect to wear with a pair of chunky sneakers.

Try something light

When the mercury rises, you’ll love having another breezy, lightweight option in the closet. This yellow sleeveless option from ASOS is a summertime dream, thanks to its open back, sleeveless arms, and pale yellow hue. You’ll feel fresh and cool — just pair with some chic flat slides to finish your look.

Dress it up

This Madewell Button-Front Day Jumpsuit epitomizes cute everyday style. The soft color is a hit, while the button accents and wide arms lend it some visual intrigue. There’s a hint of cinching elastic at the back, but nothing that will make it form fitting or uncomfortable. Add a few gilded accessories and a pair of metallic sandals and you’ll be ready for anything.

Workwear

If you work in a creative environment, this twist on the one-piece may earn you serious style points with co-workers. Look for a belted suit, which will add structure and minimize the onesie vibe. Add in office-friendly accessories like a neckscarf and heeled ankle booties to complete your outfit.

Tanya

Staff Writer at The Budget Fashionista
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.