There’s something a little alternative to a jumpsuit. Maybe that’s why people often shy away from them. Either that or the slightly annoying thing of having to take the whole this off when you need A wee! Still jumpsuits have been with us for a couple of seasons now and don’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. I’ve been eyeing them up for a while and succumbed this summer to a Khaki boiler suit style by Finery. It’s really versatile, giving great dress up – wedges, leopard print clutch, statement earrings’ and dress down – trainers, striped vest, cross body bag , options. For this season, I’m looking for something a little more elegant that will work for evenings and take me through to the party season.
My first jumpsuit was by a designer called Darla Jane Gilroy who had a shop on the Kings Road, near Worlds End, Chelsea back in 1989. It was styled in black linen and fitted like a glove (no stretch!). Bought to wear to Laurence Llewelyn Bowen’s wedding party, I love it to this day and it still hangs in my wardrobe, sadly a little snug.
Back to today, there are many options from high street to designer. For events, it makes a stand out alternative to the ‘little black dress’. The extra length will give the illusion of height, drawing the eye up and down which can be very flattering. The extra bonus is, it covers ‘less than perfect legs’, and gets round that whole shall I? or shan’t I? tights thing, without giving the ‘frump’ look of a maxi.
My best picks:
- Black linen, my first jumpsuit – Darla Jane Gilroy
- Silver halter neck, so studio 54! – and Other Stories
- Midnight blue silk Halter neck – Galvan at Harvey Nichols
- Red crepe strapless – Jill Jill Stuart at Harvey Nichols
- Pink strapless – Riess
- Navy cold shoulder – Love at Top Shop
- Red loose halter neck – J Crew Collection (sold out)
- Black crepe – Zara
For the Autumn season, more are starting to come in store with long sleeves, great for those that aren’t keen on showing arms. Nine times out of ten, I would style by pushing up the sleeve to show a slender wrist and add interest with a watch, bracelet or statement ring. Like dresses you have to work a little harder to add interest and so styling is all in the detail. Of course Jumpsuits aren’t just for the evening there are some great ones such as the Finery and Jaeger ones that make really good work wear options.