Would You Wear A Boilersuit?

Happy Saturday, ladies. It’s time for would you wear it, so grab a second cup of your favorite coffee or tea, and let’s have some fun with fashion. Each week my friend Pam and I share a mannequin we’ve come across and ask if you would wear what it’s modeling. I saw this mannequin modeling a boilersuit and wondered what you’d think.


FYI- boilersuits are one-piece garments that are usually looser than jumpsuits.

What are your thoughts? Would you wear this, and how would you accessorize it?

More Boilersuit Options

Bestsellers on AWSL this week-

woman wearing wide leg pull-on pants




My husband says these just arrived on our doorstep! I’m so excited to wear these this fall for hanging around the house and may wear them out with the right shoes and accessories…we shall see, and I will show you.


I love this soft shirt and the color is gorgeous!

woman wearing blue sweater and paige jeans

So let’s discuss this, ladies. Would you wear a boilersuit, and if so, how would you style it?

Now let’s see what Pam’s Mannequin is wearing at Over 50 Feeling 40

Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.




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  1. As others have mentioned, no on the boilersuit. It’s not practical and too industrial looking.
    On a side note, I’ve been considering the Pearl shoulder bag from Lo & Sons. Do you recommend Saffiano or Nappa leather?

    1. Love my Lo & Sons Pearl bag Jennifer introduced me to two years ago…and, like you, debated Nappa vs Saffiano leather. Went with Saffiano to be different from my usual. It’s rich and refined, with gorgeous gentle texture, a tad more dressy than Nappa. Scuff-and-weather resistant. You’ll be happy with either!

    2. I have both versions of the Pearl bag in multiple colors (okay, I have a bag problem). The Nappa leather gets softer with wear and, to me, feels nicer to the touch. It also means that the bag loses its shape just a little over time and gets a tad more slouchy looking. It expands a bit more easily to accommodate bulky things like wallets. The Saffiano leather stays as it is when you get it. It doesn’t expand much or soften and keeps its shape very well. So it seems a little more structured than the Nappa version and thus, a little more formal looking. It’s also pretty indestructible and holds up better to moisture and stains. So each has some advantages. Both are lovely, and the organization features are great. It’s a fantastic bag. Hope this helps.

    3. I have the Saffiano in all 4 of mine and love the durability.

  2. Uh no…. That is unless perhaps I was working in the boiler room. Can’t think who could wear this to flattering effect ?

    1. Agreed! Boilersuits in the boiler room only! I had to chuckle, too, when out shopping with my adult daughter last week, I tried on a white summer blazer and asked what she thought. Her reply was “ only if you are going to a business meeting in the 80s, Mom”. So many current looks don’t support my current life in retirement!

  3. My first reaction was no, but I love a challenge. How could I transform this from working class to wow? I’d try a fun neckerchief, colorful accessories, interesting shoes and maybe a crossbody bag or unexpected tote. Or … I love doing yin and yang and might try blingy silver or gold jewelry with metallic or embellished sandals or flats. In any event, I’d take it up a notch. To leave the look relaxed (in my opinion) risks looking like a Halloween costume or a gym suit.

  4. Absolute NO for me. Reminds me of my high school custodians! Bathroom issue is too complicated.

  5. I’m like a few others said, we wore a similar short suit for gym class in the sixties. So, this would not be something I would wear. I didn’t like having to disrobe when headed to the bathroom. However, if you like the look, I would add a textured belt & maybe a simple little tied scarf.

  6. No way would I wear this. Just does not flatter. My dad and father-in-law wore these. I guess poly leisure suits will be next in fashion. lol

    I think fashion designers are running out of ideas .

  7. I wouldn’t wear it, but I think it would look a lot better styled with light-colored straw belt and sandals. A straw bag and colorful scarf would help as well. Jumpsuits, by any name, are just too much trouble, and the cost-per-wear is too high.

    1. I love that you mentioned cost per wear. It’s something I’m focusing on more and more

  8. Karole Sherlock says:

    Love the concept of a boiler suit, but, no, I would not wear it. I’ve never been a fan of the one piece for practical reasons, but since you asked about styling, the sandals that are shown and maybe some chunky gold jewelry (not too much) would look great. At least that’s my opinion. Thank you for sharing this interesting piece.

  9. Not for me. Reminds me of the coveralls my Dad wore to do mechanic work when he owned a gas station in the late fifties. Nothing flattering about them.

    1. Elizabeth S. says:

      That is exactly what I was thinking……coveralls.

  10. My PE suit in the sixties was yellow and it had to be washed and ironed every week. It was oversized because my mother always bought us clothes a size bigger than what we actually wore! If this style was in a softer fabric and neutral color I might give it a go. It gives the appearance of a matching top and bottom and can elongate the body. That being said, at 71 it just seems too much of a bother to wear. I’m that gal who waits to the last possible moment to hit the loo & unbuttoning could be a problem.

    1. Lol, I’m that same gal with the loo. A softer fabric would change this look entirely.

      1. So I met a friend for coffee right after my post. In walks a young gal about 18 dressed in a very similar boiler suit. It was tan & she styled it with a chunky belt and sneakers. She looked very modern and fresh. Fun look for young girls! PS I live in the Coachella Valley & we see many fresh, young looks. Some are unpublishable but this gal looked great!

      2. Thanks for sharing her look, Linda

  11. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40 says:

    Happy Saturday, Jennifer! This is a hard NO for me. It doesn’t flatter a curvy lady or an incontinent one! Jumpsuits are off my radar!
    Have a wonderful day….

  12. I think the boiler suit would look cute with a nice neck scarf, cute belt & the right shoes. That being said, I have two jumpsuits that I love & have worn some, but they are a pain in the bathroom.

    1. I love the sleek look of jumpsuits but the bathroom issue has prevented me from owning one.

  13. I have to pass on this style. I have to agree with those of you who had similar gym suits. Mine was even the same color blue!

  14. I would only wear this if I was going to change the oil in my car.

    1. Excactly my same thought! 😂

  15. Joann Czarny says:

    I am intrigued! I would certainly try this on to see how it looked. A 26” inseam would be too short for me though, but if it was longer I might purchase if it was flattering. Although I do think this might be one of those potential purchases (sounded good in the moment,) that might sit in my closet.

    1. I’d be curious to try it on too, but I’m really trying to avoid purchases that just decorate my closet 🙂

  16. Oh my goodness NO – when I was in junior high and high school (grad HS in 1967) we were required to take “PE” and change into our “gym suit” everyday! They looked exactly like that! Awful garment! Sooooo funny that our grand kids (my 3 grandgirls ages 22, 20, and 18) must think they are stylish – and apparently some clothing designers/manufacturers as well.

  17. I swear that 30 years ago my dad had a similar outfit he wore for working outside which he called a monkey suit! I just purchased my first jumpsuit- a fancy one for a late summer wedding. I do think that by any name the one on the mannequin would be cute with a nice scarf & better belt, but I’m not sure that I’d wear it. I need to try out my jumpsuit first.

    1. All the boiler suits I’m finding are in heavier cotton type fabrics.

  18. Maribeth Conklin says:

    I don’t think so. I wore something very similar in the early 80’s. Not something I would revisit.

  19. Yes, to paint in or work on my art.

  20. Mary Ruth Harden says:

    That would be really retro cute, Linda Henderson!

  21. Mary Ruth Harden says:

    No. Too much to take off for bathroom breaks. Lol

  22. Hi Jennifer, it’s cute, but too much trouble. I echo what Leslie said, it’s a pain when you use the bathroom.

  23. Linda Henderson says:

    Boilersuit is a term new to me. My first thought was add a scarf to your hair and bingo, Rosie the Riveter.

  24. “Boiler-wear” is a new style term to me. I think this could be accessorized better with a scarf or some jewelry but this garment reminds me too much of the gym suits we wore in school though they were not denim and they were shorter in length. I like jumpsuits but I would probably not be sporting this outfit. I do like your wide leg pants and white tied top.

  25. Definitely not for me unless it’s to wear while painting in my studio, which can be a pretty messy business. But that’s the only place I’d wear it.

  26. I would totally wear this, just not with that belt. I think a cute, small cotton scarf at the neck and a coordinated belt and funky sneakers. I love it.

    1. Scarf and sneakers are a fun idea.

  27. Although I think this look is really cute I would not wear it. I wore a gorgeous very dressy jumpsuit to a party and every time I needed to visit the ladies room it was a process, basically getting totally undressed in a bathroom stall and trying to keep my outfit from touching the bathroom floor…..it was a real comedy show.

  28. Rukshana Afia says:

    I did not realise there was a difference ! No I would not wear one again . I did have a denim one as a teenager . It looked OK but answering a call of nature involved basically getting undressed which could be very unpleasant in public facilities and somewhat cold most of the year – I was living in the north of England at the time .

    1. They can be awkward 🙂

  29. Paulette Levy says:

    Love the cream colored dress-wear! Comfy and cozy for fall and winter.
    Back to todays featured Boilerwear. Not for me , tho I like the idea – I just drink a lot of water etc for kidney stones, so you understand? Not feasible.
    Have a lovely Saturday!

    1. I do understand:) Happy Saturday Paulette

  30. Elizabeth S. says:

    Sorry, Jennifer, but not for me. I will leave this one to the tall and thin.