How to Style a Boiler Suit

If Jim Carrey is the cable guy, I’m the wifi girl.


Something to consider when you’re road-mapping how you will avoid nudity after summer ends and your legs are pasty again and that glistening glow that you thought for sure your chest had figured out how to retain in perpetuity but lo and behold, disappeared with the absence of the sun again, is whether or not you will jump on the boiler suit bandwagon. You might not realize now that all you want to wear is one — it’s finally warm out for cut-offs sake! — but trust me that in a few short months’ time, you will. And so when you get there, I want you to remember that on one especially moist (yes, moist) day, it was I, who between shots of iced espresso and frozen cubes down my back, weathered the parks and streets of the East Village to bring you the very best of how to wear one like a professional jack ass.


Exhibit one: So You’re Not a Porn Lord but You Like to Wear the Glasses While You Take Walks


Reformation jean jacket, Etoile Isabel Marant jumpsuit (worn throughout), Golden Goose sneakers, Chanel sunglasses

I have been pretty relentless about trying to make these sunglasses happen and will not stop until you’re face planting in them. A good way to under-literalize their crystal brim (very Gloria Steinem meets J. Lo, if I may say so), is through the fell use of a jumpsuit worn dutifully with a striped shirt — like any good sailor, plus a jean jacket as accessory — like any good Mark Wahlberg ca. Fear fan, plus running sneakers that were never intended for running’s use because I am back on a J.Crew model diet.

Exhibit 2: Strategic Reasoning — They’re Jeans, Too!


Steven Alan shirt, Caroline Issa x L.K. Bennett shoes, Aurelie Bidermann necklace

If you, like me, appreciate a solid game of cost-per-wear, I invite you to suppose that your jumpsuit is not just a jumpsuit. No, no, green lantern, it is also a pair of pants. You can cuff or uncuff them depending on how invested you are in Man Repeller’s bounteous dating stories and give your arsenal of shirts a way to be heard through the noise. Pumps are cool too, red tassels have so far never been a bad idea (especially not on my nipples! What?) and if I’m being honest, I really want an ice cream sandwich.

Exhibit 3/$: I Wore This to a Gala and Got Kicked Out, Now I’m Going to Write an Op-Ed About it


Rosie Assoulin earring, Christian Louboutin mules (they were a Real Real score at the competitive price of $150), Anya Hindmarch clutch

Satin mules? Check. Pretentiously-titled-in-french “minaudiere” handbag? Double check. Elaborate earring that could be mistaken for unique ear muff? Got it. So why in the good name of Harry Cipriani was I denied access to that gala, g-dang? Don’t you people know that in fashion, there are no rules, no dress codes, no single events where a boiler suit — the new age black tie jumpsuit for heaven’s sake! — is not appropriate? I’m starting a hashtag.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis


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  • Lua Jane

    That is one very french looking and fitting boiler suit, suitable to be a spring/summer/early autumn staple. Also scoring those Louboutins tor 150 dollars is an achievement to be proud of.

    • Sonia Martin

    • Sonia Martin

  • Oh man you just can wear anything and look fa-bu-lous! I’ve I wore it, I’d look like a potato, a potato who’s trying to be the cable potato. By the way, you should be so proud of those Louboutins, they are such a steal… Lucky lucky girl!!

    Julia x

  • ktbkes

    can this jumpsuit be tailored to fit a very petite person of 5 ft 2 inches is the question ??

    • Leandra Medine

      yes and i can tailor it for you because thats kind of friend i am

  • Catalina

    the rosie earring is just too freaking incredible…

  • This boiler suit looks great, WiFi girl! Especially with that….Modemière.
    (sorry bout that!)

    • Leandra Medine

      Hey Emma!!!!

  • Exhibit one is definitely my fave, but you also pull the boiler suit off effortless all by itself!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • AlexaJuno

    I can’t help but feel like this would make me look like a vagrant butch Ghost Buster, but you rock the hell out of it.

  • Ari Camacho

    Love all the different styles!

  • I miss a lot the Man Repeller who used to post on this blog lots of outfits with more affordable designers (Uniqlo etc..) ! I visit this blog less and less often as I don’t see them any more :’-(

  • Allie Mackin

    Oh my you really do make a boiler suit look chic. Moist hahaha. Such a great word.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • bre

    Can you find me a boiler suit on a budget?! Im obsessed

  • renad

    Nooooooooo! This is why I have to parcel this site out to myself in itty bitty little bites. Otherwise, I’d be totally convinced that I, too—darn it!—can and should pull off a boiler suit.

  • rostersee

    These outfits are not remotely ok.

  • I often wonder, do you write a piece and then add a couple of phrases that will be links to other man repeller articles? Or do you write and see where links would be appropriate (and it’s in every sentence because you guys have witty and insightful posts on every subject on earth)? Or maybe you start writing with your recent articles in mind? Because your link game is always strong 😀

  • The title in itself made me giggle! You girls are too funny!

  • Megan Small

    Great look for winning friends, influencing people and changing oil.

  • I didn’t know there were called boiler suits. Arnt all cool onesies jumpsuits?

  • kevynryan

    Anytime I need inspiration to treat myself to something awesome and absurd, I can always rely on you, Leandra. I mean that wholeheartedly.

    • Leandra Medine

      you just made my laughternoon.

  • The way you styled it the second time is so cool! I totally got inspired:)


  • Number 3 is very elegant. Start the has tag and I’ll join you haha

  • Malu

    The second look is so brilliant! I dont know why I have never thought about that but I love that you tied the top half around your waist. You would have never known it was the same outfit as the other pictures. Overall I love all three looks and I am a sucker for a good boiler suit especially in this olive green/khaki color.

  • sara

    I love the jumpsuit as it is, with the earrings, gorgeous. the rest is overkill for me. could just be a pair of khakis 😉

  • long

    hat is one very french looking and fitting boiler suit, suitable to be a spring/summer/early autumn staple. Also scoring those Louboutins tor 150 dollars is an achievement to be proud of.

    Crazy Craft

  • Senka

    Still not over that jump suit. I don’t think I’ll ever be.

  • Thamsa

    Okay, now I am going to finally pay for the boiler suit that’s been sitting in my online shopping basket 🙂