The Coveralls

September 19, 2014

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Coverall, onesie, jumpsuit; the tomboys version of dress. A head to toe garment, a complete outfit on it’s own, but with pants! The originals were invented in the 20’s for men who maintain coal-fired boilers. While coveralls for the purposes of protecting clothing still exist, a purely decorative version is just as readily available.

For me, the dilemma was trying to find the right one. A google image search for the word jumpsuit revealed mostly corsets with pants attached, definitely not my style. I wanted something that stayed true to the original that didn’t make me look like I was about to work on an car’s engine.  I saw plenty of photos of ones that looked perfect but alas no details about where the jumpsuit was from.

Then by chance I found this one at Topshop while they were having a clearance sale for their summer pieces. Not technically menswear (this one was made for a woman, one much taller then me but size 12 was all they had left) it certainly was inspired by mens boiler suit. Even though it is a summer item, I think the long sleeves, heavy fabric and dark colour make it perfect for fall. If you would like to see what else I picked up for fall check out my Youtube Autumn Haul video.

– Dress like a man, act like a woman – KL xo



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