And yes, we said "splurge" because you seriously won't regret buying a standout item you'll still be wearing three autumns from now.

Some may call this one-item wonder an overall, and that's okay because some variations of the boiler suit do come in the blue or orange prototypes - especially in the menswear divisions.

Having mentioned that, it's worth noting that this trend is set to be a leading one in fashion's quest to gender neutralise its top season picks. 

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International streets have already given us plenty of inspiration in terms of styling this new kid on the block, pairing it with kicks, ankle boots and bright court heels. 

As if you needed anymore convincing, here are five reasons you need a boiler suit in your wardrobe:

1. Versatility

There's always much to be appreciated about items you can dress up or down. 

5 reasons you need a boiler suit

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5 reasons you need a boiler suit

2. Ideal for transitional weather

Personally, as someone who bases their sartorial choices entirely on weather forecasts, I find autumn to be a most confusing time with its not-too-hot, not-too-cold temperatures. But ever since I added not one, but two boiler suits to my wardrobe, I am Goldilocks and everything is "just right". 

5 reasons you need a boiler suit


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The perfect pair of kicks to pair your '80s-inspired boiler suit would be the PUMA Basket crush sneakers, R1 399

5 reasons you need a boiler suit

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3. Great for layering

But when those temperatures drop to single digits, the fact that boiler suits aren't figure-hugging leaves enough room for a turtle neck underneath or a statement jacket over your shoulders.

5 reasons you need a boiler suit

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If you're layering, make sure it's with a pop of colour. This red polo neck should do the trick, currently R227 at Superbalist

5 reasons you need a boiler suit

4. Breathable

There's a lot of room to breathe in a boiler suit, making it the go-to statement piece when you want to hide any traces of bloating. 

5 reasons you need a boiler suit

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5 reasons you need a boiler suit

5. It does the talking for you

Honestly, this is all the street style cred you need in just one time - it makes a statement before you even introduce yourself.

And as the kids say, "drip is forever."

5 reasons you need a boiler suit

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5 reasons you need a boiler suit


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