I cannot believe that in the year since I began Club Forty, I haven’t written a post about jumpsuits!!!
I’ve featured jumpsuits in various fashion posts, but I haven’t – until now – dedicated an entire post to the one-stop, style solution that is a jumpsuit.
I LOVE a jumpsuit… and have been a fan for a long time.
I wore a bright blue one to a friend’s wedding in 2008 when they were not yet mainstream… at the time,I think all my mates all thought it was a fashion step too far!! Roll on 9 years and jumpsuits now have their own listing on retailer’s websites and come in an overwhelming number of shapes and styles (currently some 900+ options available on ASOS!!!)
In my book, a jumpsuit is the sassy, but comfy alternative to a dress.
Whether you want the look to be casual and stylish or smart and sophisticated, it’s a piece that can be worn to any event. Depending on the occasion and your mood, dress a jumpsuit up or down with slides, heels or trainers.
The type of jumpsuit that brings me joy, is relaxed, loose-fitting and hides a multitudes of sins. I certainly veer away from anything too tight-fitting. In the summer I especially like them cool and floaty.
Culotte jumpsuits are currently ‘de rigueur’, but I also like a long palazzo pant – great for concealing unshaven legs and in my case, horrid veins!! The one I’m wearing in the pic above is from H&M, which I’ve only worn casually with my Birkies but would look equally as good with a pair of wedges or pointy white heels on a night out or special occasion.
Wrap-around styles look fabulous on most body shapes, but especially help to nip in the waist and also provide structure and balance for a large bosom. If you chose a floral or bold pattern, keep accessories to a minimum and let the jumpsuit do the talking. This type of jumpsuit looks smart enough for the office too.
For a more casual look, choose a pinafore style in cotton fabric that will be light and stylish on a hot day, but can also be worn over a T-shirt on cooler days.
I adore the oversized wide-leg styles below. Quite shapeless, but totally chic in their simplicity. A perfect style for exploring a city in the heat, paired with slides or sandals and a woven, basket bag. If it’s cool, then simply cover up with a boxy or belted jacket to balance the proportions.
For special occasions, there are lots of impactful jumpsuits to choose from. Whether you opt for spaghetti straps or a bandeau style, floral, block colour or stripes – a jumpsuit will stand out from the crowd. Wedges, high-heeled sandals or mules will elevate the look and complete the wow factor.
The only downside to a jumpsuit is, of course, the toilet challenge… Easy de-robement is crucial when choosing a jumpsuit. Sides zips are the easiest escape route – trust me! The one I recently purchased from Mango, below, isn’t the easiest to get out of!!
So what are your thoughts on jumpsuits. Are you a fan? If not, what puts you off? As always, I’d love you to share your thoughts!
Thanks for reading X
(Main image – all jumpsuits from ASOS)