Your dear blogger is not much for social experimentation; nor is he really one for utopian visions. Nonetheless, he has for some time now held the belief that the wear of boiler suits—known to almost everyone outside the merchant marine as coveralls—improves human cooperation, reduces stress and antipathy. Though not the product scientific study, this conclusion has more than mere anecdotal proof.
You blogger began forming this theory when he was first put in a boiler suit by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The reprieve provided by wearing something that doesn’t get ironed, didn’t have a brass buckle to polish, and had no “gig line” to get crooked probably had something to do with it. But it goes far deeper. The effect of a boiler suit on one’s mood is inescapable: even peacock types who thrill in a squared away uniform and flawlessly shined leather shoes can’t escape the pull of the boiler suit. And when a section, or even class, of midshipmen came together in boiler suits, the effect grew exponentially. Boiler suits brought about cohesiveness and a spirit of camaraderie that surpasses that which results simply from wearing the same uniform. This humble blogger proposes that it has something to do with the garment itself. For one, a boiler suit, being all one piece, hangs from one’s shoulders—the body part that most naturally bears a load. One is not girded in by it, as with pants, but surrounded by it. Among the men’s garments that share this attribute are the mostly extinct Roman toga and men’s night shirt and a monk’s habit.
There’s also a great deal of inner peace that comes from wearing a garment like a boiler suit or coveralls that is made with the very realistic expectation that it will get dirty. Thus little spills and rubs and bumps with schmutz tend not to shatter the mood as they do in something like a business suit.
Perhaps the final attribute of the boiler suit the deserves a place in this discussion is the abundance and capacity of its pockets. Add to this the pass-through pockets so beloved by midshipmen, a feature also not found on other garments known to this blogger, and the design’s livability is perfected.
As a parent, your humble blogger has tested the effect on children. Here the impact is further magnified because there are two parties concerned: the one wearing them and the one cleaning the kid’s coveralls. And with children’s coveralls, this effect is reciprocally reinforced. The parent, knowing that the children’s coveralls can simply be removed in one fell swoop, is happy to let the kid follow his or her innate urge toward getting messy. This reciprocally reinforced mood has wondrous consequences.
It is beyond this blogger’s influence to put all of humanity in coveralls, but he has done what he can by making children’s coveralls, heretofore impossible to buy in the United States, readily available to your family through Chandler Small & Co. These kid’s coveralls have all of the features that make their adult counterparts transformative right down to the pass-through hip pockets. They even have a velcro front, so there’s no chance of a snag getting them on. As you look forward to bringing greater peace to your family this new year consider doing so in coveralls.