The joy of the jumpsuit
It's been about five years since jumpsuits boinged back onto fashion's radar. So why the hell should you invest?
I must admit my initial position was best summed up as ‘Um, no way am I wearing a giant babygro, thanks’ but now? Absolutely LOVE THEM. What seemed like a flash-in-the-pan novelty item has somehow evolved into a wardrobe mainstay. Fifi & Moose in Newbury has a brilliant Body Frock one this season – a luxurious jersey number in navy or khaki with cold shoulder and (shhhh) suck-it-in lining (£198). I already have my beady eye on it for my Muddy Awards in June (accessorised with a glass of champagne, naturelment) and Royal Ascot too, now it’s been give the sartorial nod.
For something more casual, Winser London’s daytime boiler suit in khaki or black (£179) is hitting the spot and I love love LOVE Hush’s wide-legged, floaty version. A good gust of wind could send me up like a hot air balloon, I grant you, but I think it’s perfect for my holibobs. So what exactly is it about jumpsuits that quickens the pulse – and why the hell should you invest in one?
- They’re brilliantly versatile
Dress it up, dress it down. Here’s a case in point: Muddy’s Kerry Potter bought a navy Whistles one for her 40th birthday party, teamed with spike heels and lashings of gold jewellery for the big night. And she’s worn it a million times since, dressed down with white trainers and a bomber jacket for a more low-key daytime look. You just don’t get that kind of wear out of a posh party frock, do you? A jumpsuit is for life, not just for Christmas (and birthdays).
- They’re a bit edgy
Feeling a bit middle-aged and dowdy? (I hear you, sister.) Get a jumpsuit – less hassle and cheaper than a Ferrari or toyboy. At a recent wedding I went to several guests were wearing jumpsuits – they all looked utterly chic and really stood out from the crowd. Jumpsuits defo have a cooler, more modern edge than a dress, I think. They also often have pockets – big tick for me as I’m constantly losing lipsticks in the bowels of bucket bags.
- They’re comfy (loo breaks notwithstanding)
I never feel overdressed or trussed up in a jumpsuit. There’s something very relaxed and flow-y about them. If you’re climbing out of a car or scrambling about on the floor with small children, there’s no danger of f eeling restricted or flashing too much flesh. The only downside is that you have to get fully undressed to use the loo, so don’t wear one if you’ll be using manky music festival Portals.
- They’re a ready-made outfit
Any look that involves minimal effort on busy mornings is a winner for me. Ditto busy evenings – you know those ones where you going out but have precisely three seconds to get ready? Enter the jumpsuit. Slip it on and out you go!
- There’s one out there for everyone
Please don’t think you’re too short/curvy/whatever for a jumpsuit. I have an arse the size of an inflatable pillow but who cares when you’re rocking a jumpsuit. Trust me – try loads on and you’ll eventually find The One. And don’t be afraid to tweak – take a tip from Kerry here. ‘Make friends with your local tailor or seamstress. As a 5’2 shorty, I’ve lost count of hemlines I’ve had taken up over the years. My Whistles navy jumpsuit drowned me but I loved it so much I wanted to make it work. I had several inches chopped off the legs and the shoulder straps shortened and, bingo, it was perfect. Spend a few extra quid to get the perfect fit.’
Fifi & Moose, 9 Weavers Walk, Newbury RG14 1AL
Winser London, 79 High Street, Marlow, SL7 1AB.