Over the past few seasons, the boiler suit has emerged as an unexpected hero. Traditionally made from heavy cloth or denim, the one-zipper wonder was one of many inventions that changed the game to emerge from the Industrial Revolution, but it was adopted by the fashion industry over time. They were crowned by everyone from Giambattista Valli to Gigi Hadid, as well as the street style suit at New York Fashion Week.
Although easy to throw in the summer or spring, the one-of-a-kind garment is a little harder to pull off in the colder months. So we turn to Louise Markey, the designer behind the workwear-inspired label LF Markey (and longtime boiler suit collector), for her tips on how to winter the utilitarian ensemble. Read on for her expert style advice.
Wear in layers
If the weather is frightening outside, Markey suggests wearing a turtleneck and leggings under the jumpsuit. Try to ensure the best warmth Uniqlo's Heattech range or opt for fleece lined tights.
Try thin boots or high-sneakers
"They go with many different types of shoes," Markey notes. "I only wear them with a high top, but they also look just as good with a thin boot." Put one of the two options together with brightly colored or playfully shaped socks.
Choose outfits in complementary colors
Markey designs a vegan shaving jacket in an ivory color, which she often throws over a kettle roof in mustard yellow or another bold color. Alternatively, she recommends designing a more neutral toned kettle suit with a statement coat – think a red poop adder or a neon-finished fleece à la Sandy Liang.
Never seize accessories
The best part about not having to pick out a top and a bottom? You have more time to think about accessories. A lively bucket hat or mini bag is a simple way to decorate this everyday outfit. Markey says the addition of jewelry – such as a thin necklace – will be guaranteed to bring your look to more attractive, nocturnal standards.
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