Utility jumpsuits remain on my mind

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I feel like they’re really good transitional pieces, for wearing on days when it’s maybe a little bit cooler, but not yet cool enough for a jacket. Plus, they all just look so comfortable and easy to wear, too. I like the tapered legs and big front pockets on this one, and I like the version of it in blue denim too.

The overall slouchy fit here appeals, as does the low-slung belt.

A cute millennial pink option with a spiff collared neckline.

This has the feel of an aviator jumpsuit, and makes me nostalgic for the 80s.

And this one from Nili Lotan, which is marked way down, puts me in mind of the 70s.

A cropped version that looks ideal for a beach walk.

This isn’t quite as utilitarian-looking as the rest, but as a result is a little more feminine.

And finally: a sleeveless number that’d be great for wearing right now.

 

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23 Thoughts on Utility jumpsuits remain on my mind
    Mamavalveeta03
    3 Aug 2019
    2:01am

    I am suffering from an acute case of jumpsuit FOMO!

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    Abbey
    3 Aug 2019
    10:59am

    THIS is the post I’ve been waiting for. Thank you!! Love a Jumpsuit!

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    Heather
    5 Aug 2019
    10:14am

    For those GOACA who covet a jumpsuit but wonder how one might go to the bathroom, perhaps one of these might help?
    http://www.thepstyle.com
    A caveat, I would not wear a jumpsuit (no judgement, it’s just not my style), but I use the Pstyle for camping/hiking/backpacking and it is GREAT.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      7 Aug 2019
      2:45pm

      I’ve never heard of this before! Hilarious, but utilitarian.

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    marjorie
    4 Aug 2019
    5:32pm

    Love the mechanic-y one with zippers! But I fear that Glossier has ruined pink utility jumpsuits for everyone who does NOT work there. Shopgirl uniform.

    I am going to Burning Man (my first, my husband’s 22nd!) and was warned against jumpsuits and rompers: Incompatible with filthy port-a-potty floors. A bit of advice that made me go, and not for the first time, what the hell am I thinking?

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    Eloise
    2 Aug 2019
    11:32am

    I bought this one last week. I’m so excited – I’m 5’ 2” on a good day and junpsuits never work, but this one (Regular, size O, not petite) does! https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/huxley-utility-jogger-jumpsuit?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=002

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      Viajera
      2 Aug 2019
      3:16pm

      It’s cute! happy wearing!

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    Pamela Sutherland
    2 Aug 2019
    12:02pm

    Darling, you have jumped the shark. These are awful, particularly for “girls of a certain age” with chunks in various places. I still love you, but no. Just no.

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      Dana D
      2 Aug 2019
      1:30pm

      Any article of clothing that makes the self and others wonder how you use the toilet means you’re trying too hard…

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        Dawn Ellwood
        3 Aug 2019
        8:43am

        See the episode of Crashing where Pheobe Waller-Bridge desperately tries to use the toilet while wearing a romper…just brilliant lol!

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        AK
        5 Aug 2019
        6:06am

        It’s really not that hard… just shove the sleeves into the pockets.

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    lc
    2 Aug 2019
    12:09pm

    In the early 80s I had two cotton twill zip-up mechanics jumpsuits very like that white one from Topshop. They were indeed very comfortable, flattering and looked very hip, but the bathroom issues remain foremost in my memory. Having a sleeve fall into the toilet, or the top half of the garment dragging on the floor because it was too much to hold that to the side and (sorry) deal with toilet paper. *shudder* I gave them away after having only worn them a few times. Even for a new wave style obsessed teen, the look just wasn’t worth the logistical hassles. For those who are more nimble — or just more willing to deal with it — good luck, and enjoy.

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      Viajera
      2 Aug 2019
      3:22pm

      Perhaps the trick is to just limit one’s outings to the length of time between nature’s calls. I have to say I get the appeal of these – they are quite cute and I even think they could potentially look good on many figure types – if one has the fortitude to do all that looking. …

      As to the bathroom again, perhaps after disrobing, one could flip the top under and hold the collar in one’s teeth … during, you know. I am just full of helpful hints today, ha. … I want one, but for actual chores. I almost wish I were the sort who actually went skydiving. Not there yet.

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    shirley
    2 Aug 2019
    10:17am

    Every time I think one of these looks like it would be comfortable, I think about having to completely undress to go to the bathroom and interest fades. I recently read an article about jumpsuits in the boardroom and there was a comment from a woman who wore them talking about all the interesting people she’s met in asking for help to go to the bathroom in one.

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      D.Morgendorffer
      2 Aug 2019
      11:10am

      Yes! You’ve summed up the problem. Having worked as a nanny in college, I briefly contemplated the tweak of having snaps along the inseam like a baby’s onesie. Then, I remembered all the baby outfits where it was so easy to be off by a single snap right when you thought you finally finished and having to start all over again.

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    AK
    2 Aug 2019
    10:15am

    Wildfang also has a great one. And, laugh all you want, but the best of all time remains my denim J.Lo brand jumpsuit, purchased at Herald Square Macy’s, in which I conquered the early aughts, no sweat.

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      rachel in berkeley
      2 Aug 2019
      1:01pm

      Have you had a chance to see the Wildfang version in person? I’m curious about the weight of the fabric.

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        AK
        2 Aug 2019
        2:10pm

        Yes! I have it and love it. The fabric is substantial — definitely fall/winter/early spring weight.

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    MaryAlice
    2 Aug 2019
    12:25pm

    I wore one in the 70’s and I looked really cute in it until the night out when I COULD not get the damned thing unzipped in time and peed myself in the ladies room, requiring me to tie my sweater around my waist, back out of the bar, put a beach towel on the front seat of my car and drive home, where I balled the thing up and threw it in the trash.

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      Liz
      5 Aug 2019
      9:23am

      I can relate! I wore a romper to a music festival only to find that the Port-O-Johns were full and we all had to pee in the woods for the weekend. Not wanting to strip naked in front of everyone, I tried pulling one leg over to do a squat and pee out the side. It did not work, and let’s just say I was glad I’d also brought a poncho.

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    rachel in berkeley
    2 Aug 2019
    12:35pm

    Wildfang just released one as well. I’ve yet to buy anything from them so can’t attest to quality, etc. but I am a big fan of their dyke aesthetic.
    https://www.wildfang.com/workwear-coverall.html

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    Rebecca
    2 Aug 2019
    12:59pm

    I have seen lovely, dressy jumpsuits. However, with a very long torso and short legs, I have never found one that fits!

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