The Jumpsuit is having a moment, a very shiny, fashion moment. But how to wear a jumpsuit? Well, it’s easier to wear than a boilersuit which tend to be baggy in all the wrong places, particularly if you are curvy and need structure in your fabrics. The ‘jumpsuit’ actually started with a less than humble beginning, the term coined because of their literal use; sky divers and parachuters wearing them to ‘jump’ out of planes. Not glamourous, not feminine, but dangerous, hard wearing purposeful pieces. Fast forward to 2019, taking in the 70’s and 80’s vibes (plus a little Charlies Angels thrown in) along the way, we have todays modern version of the jumpsuit. Simple and uncomplicated dressing, a throw on piece that makes you look really well put together, whilst freeing up head space given its’ all-in-one appeal.
The jumpsuit is easy to ‘over dress’ or ‘under dress’, it has a multifunctional way of lending itself to be styled with ankle boots, heels or trainers; sweaters or metallic capes; head gear and statement bags. Just remember that you do have to be comfortable stripping off in public toilets…just saying…
Audrey Black sequin jumpsuit with dropped waist (comes in tall 5ft 8” – 6ft or regular 5ft 5” – 5ft 7”), £210 (was £285). Belista Taupe Suede ankle boots, £149.95, modainpelle.com Baylie stud clutch bag, £59, jigsaw.com
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Deciding on the right footwear to deliver the final touch is essential. Pattern and detail are big buzz words in shoe ‘wow factor’ this season. For sneakers, unless it has stripes, bows or studs don’t even bother. Snake print is hot, but flattering styles with a ‘v throat’ are a must to elongate the leg. New nudes are bang on trend, seen on the Burberry catwalk, beige peaches and corals are a ‘go go’ in footwear and if you pick the right shade you can channel your inner model. Moda in Pelle is my go-to affordable (and comfy) shoe brand right now. Many styles are under £100 and can totally reinvent an outfit, making you look on trend without the dreaded ‘try hard’ factor.
So my final thoughts on how to wear a jumpsuit;
- Ensure it fits. Brands like RockTheJumpsuit recognise this and make their pieces in 3 different heights to suit all types of shapes.
- Make it count. Be brave, not boring.
- Channel an era, make a statement.
- Invest in good quality that will stand the test of time.
- Show off your waist – you will look a foot taller in the perfect jumpsuit. Wide legs or boot cut are very flattering!
- If you’re going to do it, then really DO IT.