The Alex ezp® Boilersuit
The Alex ezp® Boilersuit was named after one of my very best friends who, no word of a lie, is in a boilersuit every time I see her 🧡
Only thing is... none of them are particularly toilet-friendly. Which gave me an idea!
Once again, I went back to why I started Leim - to solve a problem that I found incredibly frustrating.
Because (you can correct me if I'm wrong) boilersuits are so close to being the best outfits. No?
Comfy, easy to wear + dress up or down, they make you feel fabulous if the shape is right - so why, in 2020, do you still have to take the whole thing off when you need to 'spend a penny'?
The Alex is here to change all that for you. She's a beautiful, wide legged jumpsuit that you don't need to take off in the bathroom.
The top part of The Alex is fitted for a flattering shape that makes me think of a classic Levi's shirt. It has all the best parts of a shirt - breast pockets you can actually put things in, as well as beautiful cuff + collar details.
There are easy-to-use poppers that hold the shirt placket, sides + cuffs closed, rather than buttons - I thought 16 buttons would be a little extra!
The ties either side loop twice around your waist, finishing The Alex ezp boilersuit off simply + giving structure to the seat of the trousers.
How To Use The Bathroom In This Jumpsuit
It's easy - no more faffing around when you need the toilet!
First, undo the ties - you can tie these in a loose bow so they don't drop on the floor.
Undo the zips each side.
Go about your business.
Once you're done, pull up the zips - carefully! You could tie the tie first if you like, then you have both hands to re-do the zips.
Adjust your top half, tuck in the back of the shirt and re-tie the tie if you haven't already.
Size + Fit Advice
The Alex ezp® Boilersuit fits true to size. The trousers are quite roomy - very forgiving after a big lunch - but the shirt top is more fitted. If you prefer a looser fit around your armpits or chest (or if you have larger boobs) you may want to size up.
If you would like a custom leg or arm length, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss - tall and petite people are absolutely welcome here!
Maisie is wearing a size 8 and is 5'7".
The Alex ezp® Boilersuit Sunset Needlecord x Mosaik
Did you know that only 3% of refugees attend higher education? When you compare that to the global average enrolment rate, 37%, it seems to me to be far too low.
From 15th November to 15th December 2020, I will be donating 10% of the proceeds* from sales of The Alex ezp® Boilersuit in Sunset Needlecord to Mosaik Education.
Mosaik support refugees in reaching higher education through language and guidance programmes.
"Education is the most powerful tool for giving them an even chance in the world," Journalist David Ottaway says. "Education is a great leveler." - He was referring to African American and Latino students in the U.S. but I believe it can apply to anyone, and should apply to everyone, refugees included.
* I've always found the term 'proceeds' a bit wishy-washy, so what does this mean in Leim's case? I will be donating 10% from the net 'profit', which takes the cost of making the actual jumpsuit into consideration (I still need to cover the basic costs of the jumpsuit) but does not include all Leim's other running costs. This means that the approx donation from each sale is £18.
Hetty's Styling Tips
I love a relaxed look and rarely wear a shirt with the sleeves all the way down. Here's my tip for rolling up the sleeves:
- Undo the poppers on the cuff (if they are done up!) + take the loose cuff in your fingers.
- Pull it backwards, up your arm towards your elbow crease, making sure that it basically turns itself inside out - you want to have a good 10cm of the sleeve fabric along your forearm
- Roll what's left of the shirt fabric back on itself, once or twice, so you are revealing more of your forearm (this helps keep the cuff in place + stops it from going back down your arm)
This also looks great if you have a contrast coloured top or roll-neck underneath - you can push the sleeves of that under-top up a little too, until it's about 3/4 length.
How to Get Dressed in The Alex ezp® Boilersuit
I could tell you how to put this boilersuit on, or I could show you... I think I'll do both!
- Undo the zips either side
- Put your legs through the trousers
- Put your arms through the sleeves + your head through the opening (this is easier if all poppers are undone
- Pull yourself through the boilersuit
- Adjust the top part until you're comfortable, do up the poppers either side
- Tuck the back of the shirt into the waist band, then do up the zips + tie
- Finish by popping together the poppers at the centre front
If that wasn't too clear, here's a video!
What Makes This Jumpsuit Special?As always, it's the little details that I am so proud of here: the shirt cuffs with their pointed placket detail and the patch-work pockets that are actually pockets (not fake ones.)
These details are tricky to get even but I love the attention-to-detail they require. Those small, pointed details have all my hopes of you celebrating yourself and your body in The Alex ezp® Boilersuit sewn into them.
How To Care for Your Alex ezp® Jumpsuit
The Alex ezp® Boilersuit in Black + Gingham can be machine washed on a handwash setting, with similar colours. Please try to use an eco-detergent and a low temperature setting.
However, both the Sunset Needlecord and the Emerald Velvet are dry clean only - I highly recommend that you do not machine wash as it will make the fabric patchy and ruin your jumpsuit.
How Is This Jumpsuit Sustainable?
The Alex ezp® Boilersuit in Black + Gingham is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton denim that is brushed on the underside. This makes it suuuuper soft and cuddly against your skin. The gingham detail is made from TENCEL™ - or lyocell. Lyocell is made from wood pulp in what is known as a 'circular' manufacturing process - this means the waste (water, chemicals used for dyeing) is cleaned + re-used to make more fabric, rather than being disposed of (typically dumped in the river network).
The The Alex ezp® Boilersuit in Sunset Needlecord is made from 100% cotton needlecord - a very fine corduroy that gives the jumpsuit a ribbed texture.
The Alex ezp® Boilersuit in Emerald velvet is made from 100% cotton velvet - it's not too heavy but is heavier than the needlecord, perfect for Christmas day!
The poppers (snap fasteners) are all made from brass.
The organic cotton is woven on handlooms by the same family who grow the cotton in Kerala (India), both the velvet + the needlecord are from Eastern Europe, the poppers come from the U.K. and the zips are manufactured in Italy. I try to source all materials as close to home as I can, to reduce the carbon footprint of the jumpsuits.