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So Last Season

Let’s all jump for jumpsuits!

Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 4:37pm

Last week was a glam one, as I styled a fashion show for Opera Lane as part of an RSVP magazine reader event in the Imperial Hotel.

As you know by now, I always leave the decision of what I’ll wear to the last minute, and when you’re working and attending an event, what to wear can be a very hard decision to make. With all the running around pre-event and doing model fittings, it’s important that what I’m wearing is practical, but as I’m styling the event, I also need to maintain some façade that I am in fact a stylish person.

So what does one wear in such a fashion predicament? The trusty jumpsuit of course! I have always had a major soft spot for jumpsuits, going way back to a heavy obsession with playsuits in my early twenties, which I wore with tights and which I have now moved on from.

I just can’t bring myself to wear shorts anymore and I have developed a deep dislike for wearing tights with them, which feels very early noughties. Apologies to those who still rock that look. Anyway, a jumpsuit with trousers is my new go to and with very little effort, you can create an easy to wear yet stylish look.

I had a jazzy little printed number in my wardrobe that I bought in Mango in last year's summer sale and has been just waiting to make its event debut. It’s got a wide leg which, surprisingly, wasn’t overly long and which makes it that little bit dressier.

Footwear is also a tough one in this work situation, as I naturally gravitate towards a comfortable flat but I feel like the occasion calls for a bit of height, so luckily I had purchased a very easy to wear mid-height block heel in the New Look sale. They are grey with a stud motif and go with everything.

I bought them for Budapest but I’ve managed to use them with lots of other outfits since then. I love it when a sale bargain ends up being a great, well worn purchase.

I also styled a number of jumpsuits in the show, as more and more people are starting to wear them and I think this is because designers are starting to create lots of different shapes and styles of jumpsuit which suit different body shapes. I’ve got short legs and a long body- why could it not be the other way around? - and for a long time, this made finding a jumpsuit that suited me quite a tricky task.

I found a great striped number in Gap which has a wide culotte leg style and has lots of neutral stripes with a crossover top half, making it super flattering to those looking to balance out a bigger top half. I’ve tried it on and it’s also great for those of us who are slightly vertically challenged.

Style with a leather flat sandal and a denim jacket and you’ve got a great summer day look that can be easily worn at night with a high wedge.

Jumpsuits also work well as chic wedding guest attire. I’ve spotted a floral print one from Lipsy in Next which is a real show stopper but also take a look at some block colour ones in H&M. The block colour means you can easily change up the jumpsuit with different accessories, meaning you’ll easily get a good few wears out of it.

If you haven’t embraced the jumpsuit life but are interested in giving it a go, just go out and try a few different styles till you find one you’re comfortable. The striped version from Gap is a good, casual entry level jumpsuit and who knows, you may even rock up to your next wedding wearing one?

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