There’s nothing new about a boiler suit.
Not in my world, anyway.
Boiler Suits have a unique place in my memory because I wore one the day I met David, my husband of many decades. I’ve known him longer than I haven’t – which is 40 years and I still remember exactly what I wore for our first encounter.
I was “tricky” about the meeting.
I didn’t want to be introduced, as it was a blind date set up. A girlfriend was determined I should meet a friend of her current boyfriend and was certain it would all work out perfectly. At the time I had no idea how right she was and was extremely anti towards a fix-up. I set out to sabotage the “date”.
What do boiler suits and first dates have in common?
My mother loved an all in one – she called them jumpsuits – and had a wardrobe of choices. The outfit I chose to wear on that day was more about looking like someone else than me. My friend was suitably shocked when I arrived, I can still see the expression on her face; the outfit was completed with my mother’s shoes and sunglasses. She was a fashionable woman but even so as a 20-year old I looked completely wrong. As I left home I remember my mother looking at me with a quizzical eye; she always knew when I was up to something.
My little game was so much fun and David didn’t give me a second glance. Fast-forward a couple of weeks and it was a whole other story. An accidental meeting at a party, where I appeared as my self and the rest is history. We still laugh about my get up on that fateful day.
The boiler suit is back and there are some very cute ones about.
Dressed up in the right way, I prefer boiler suits worn casually and with flats – mules or sneakers – they are a fresh alternative to pants and a tee. Jumpsuits come in all forms – wide pants, narrow pants, sleeves, no sleeves and leg lengths vary. There are different waist fittings; drawstrings or waistbands – buttons and press duds.
I’m too short for a palazzo pant style and prefer a regular leg and a sleeve and as a casual option that’s where I stay. A waistband is my preference as it’s more flattering and I also like the suit to be roomy – even slightly baggy. A tight jumpsuit is not for me.
These were a forgotten piece for me until I started looking for skirts and then stumbled on one I loved and fell down the rabbit hole of memory. Over the years I have worn many different styles of boiler suits and now we are reconnected I think it’s one to remember.
A boiler suit isn’t for every day but some days they work out just fine. xv
The Boiler Suit: Not The One I wore On My First Date
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