Joining the International Brotherhood of Catsuit Wearers

 
I got the boilersuit and, unexpectedly, I think it’s the most flattering garment I own. It may be the most flattering garment I’ve ever owned.

 
 
 
 
Take all the time you need to process that statement.
 
For me, the realization was instant and now I have to decide what to do with that information.
 
Query: Should I find a job where I can wear a boilersuit everyday?

More flattering than my wedding dress, best court suit, high school tennis skirt (in high school), favorite party dress

You the jury
 
 
I did look into boilermaking and found myself on the website for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers. They do so much more than make boilers, but I didn’t see skills (other than boilersuit-wearing) that were in my wheelhouse.
 
I think the boilersuit is working because it: (a) fits like a tailored, but not tight, catsuit and (b) by some miracle seems to be made to my measurements. Even the length of the arms and legs is just right.

Boilersuit is 98% cotton, 2% spandex, for ease of motion — illustrated by this action shot
Notwithstanding the spandex, no one wants to see me get in and out of the boilersuit; I look like I am wrestling with my shadow

 
 
 
Perhaps, dressed in this suit, I look ready for a little cat- burglary. Would the orange top-stitching give me away?
Like a cat

 
 
Come closer and absorb the details.
 
The waistband sits below my natural waist, but that’s how the designer intends it to sit.
 
Still, I felt I needed to add a belt, just for clarity.
Needed or not, a belt

WWWW? (What would Winston wear?)
 
 
In case you are thinking, The Directrice has lost her mind — let me assure you: I am not alone. Winston Churchill was a devotee of the boilersuit. He had many custom made for him by Turnbull & Asser, in a variety of fabrics including velvet (for dressy occasions) and serge (for business). Presumably, he had some made in practical fabrics for walking and painting, too.

 
 
Here is a rare shot: my behind. This photo is also out of focus, so I am using it over The Photographer’s objection.
 
I am including it for a reason — so you can see that the back pockets are sitting low, too low, on my body. But that’s how the kids are wearing them.
 
I did think about asking Fatima to raise the pockets, but realized that boilersuit alterations might be a next level that I do not want to attain.
Big Foot spotted wearing a boiler suit?

 
 
 
Here is another perspective — crystal-clear — on the low-sitting pockets.
So low, they appear to be sliding off my @$$

 
 
For those who want to be immersed in the details, here is the topstitching up close
Slightly dropped waist is topped with a belt at the natural waist

Some of you noticed my new lipstick during the summer, Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Majella
 
The jaunty spread collar closes with a snap. Note: The boilersuit zips up — no buttons. Buttons probably would have been a dealbreaker. As noted in comments to a previous post, going to the bathroom in a boilersuit is not convenient.

 
This suit is made by Wild Fang, based in Portland, Oregon. The company was started by two women who worked at Nike, but left to pursue a vision of clothes that defied traditional gender norms. In addition to their design aesthetic and a passion for pockets, the company is committed to inclusion, sustainability, and philanthropy.
The WILDFANG label: Best Self Guaranteed

 
Boilersuit: Wildfang Essential Coverall

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