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Pint Size Appeal: Tips To Pull Off The Boiler Suit For Petite Frames

It’s getting hot in here

If you think the boiler suit only belongs on coal workers, you’re missing out on a massive Spring trend. While by definition, this one-piece clothing covers both the upper and lower parts of the body and is worn especially over other clothes to protect them. For the modern woman, it’s a solution for lazy days with its relaxed silhouette yet statement appeal. Seen on the Spring/Summer’19 runways at Celine, Giambattista Valli and Stella McCartney, the boiler suit is surprisingly versatile, it can be loose-fitting but flattering, casual but chic with heels.

With heavy-duty workwear and utilitarian designs as fashion’s latest obsession – think of reflective neon strips, zippers, cargo pockets and larger-than-life safety goggle-looking sunglasses. How do you put all the elements together without looking overwhelmed and sloppy, especially on a petite Asian frame? Think of choosing brighter colours, waisted detailing, slimmer cut and short-sleeved options. Inspo below, shopping up top:

#1: Keep it cinched at the waist, and roll up the trousers to mid-calf.

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#2 Layer it over a fitting top, and wear it off-shoulder or tie the sleeves around your waist.

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#3 Create the illusion of a longer torso by wearing a black turtleneck underneath.

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#4 Pick a bright coloured, cropped boiler suit with a drawstring waist and wear with heels.

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#5 Choose a short-sleeved design so it shows off more skin, the graphic print adds a dash of whimsy.

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