It is a universally acknowledged truth of womanhood that going to the bathroom while wearing a jumpsuit is a giant pain in the ass. You could be feeling unstoppable in the cutest, most gflattering jumpsuit ever only to have your confidence shrivel once you realize it’s time to go to the bathroom.
Not is it an insurmountable and time consuming challenge, there’s something so humiliating about having to completely disrobe in a public bathroom stall. Maybe it’s just me, but it makes the ever-present anxiety of being walked in on that much worse, because if someone happen to barge in on your stall then you’re completely naked. Frankly, it’s borderline Shakespearean tragedy-worthy that what should be one of the most practical garments in existence is undermined by this one crucial flaw.
In spite of all this, I still harbor a great love of jumpsuits, which is why I was so excited to discover Tomfoolery, a jumpsuit brand that has ingeniously solved the problem of having to completely disrobe every time you head to the ladies’ room. (Their slogan: “Never go free bird on the porcelain.”) Essentially two separate pieces joined together by a panel in the front, they’re like the adult version of those bum flap pajamas that seem to only exist in the illustrations of antiquated children’s books. Perhaps the most canny aspect of the jumpsuit is that the functional details are completely concealed. The conveniently flattering waist tie actually attaches to the drop seat, and the open back that makes the whole thing possible merely looks like a flirty design detail.
After first hearing about Tomfoolery on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week, I was so excited about this quantum leap in jumpsuit design that I reached out to Tomfoolery asking if I could take one for a test-drive. (Luckily, they agreed.) It took me a good six minutes to actually figure out how to put the jumpsuit on, which was mildly embarrassing, but once I got the hang of it I can happily confirm that it is just as revolutionary in practice as it is in theory. (Hot tip: You slide the top part on like you would a normal shirt, then scoop yourself into the pants from the front, which is not exactly the most intuitive way to put on a jumpsuit but then again…this isn’t a normal jumpsuit.)
The fabric is a soft jersey made from recycled plastic bottles (sustainable!) and is so cozy it makes you feel like you’re getting away with something when worn in public, the actual practice of going to the bathroom in a Tomfoolery jumpsuit is kind of surreal. All you have to do it untie the string at the waist, and you’re free to go. The entire process takes around two seconds and is somehow even more convenient than a regular pair of pants. While a jumpsuit that’s easy to go to the bathroom in seems like it must be some sort of witchcraft, I promise you this is real life.
I don’t think I can ever go back.
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