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So Last Season

Jump to it people!

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018 5:03pm

I’ve always been a fan of the jumpsuit, stylish and practical they tick all the boxes when it comes to getting a summer occasion wear outfit right.

Finally, Royal Ascot has caught up with fashion and deemed that they are even acceptable for the Royal Enclosure but our Irish fashionistas on the racing circuit have been rocking a jumpsuit for years with even a few Best Dressed winners in the mix.

It’s not only great for the races though, as I’ve been at a number of weddings this summer and my favourite outfits have been women wearing jumpsuits. Where a dress can look over done, a jumpsuit offers maximum impact with minimum effort.

Certain jumpsuits also offer a surprising amount of versatility. I recently styled up an olive green culotte length one from New Look which can be worn a number of ways by just changing around a few accessories.

This button down, almost shirt dress style is perfect for work - worn belted to create a more formal silhouette and with some classic nude pumps. Add a blazer and you’re ready for a day at the office.

The beauty of this style of jumpsuit is that it can also be styled with some chic tan or gold leather flats, a straw bag and hat for a cool summer holiday look.

Another great way to wear it is to go quite tonal with your accessories. A leopard print clutch bag paired with leopard print heels does have a ‘matchy matchy’ feel, but it’s kept that little bit more fashion with the print and it’s a testament to the olive green colour that it works well on all skin tones and as a base for so many different prints and colours.

Probably my favourite way to wear it is to lash on the gold jewellery, sling a leather jacket over my shoulders and throw on my favourite pair of sunnies for a cool and expensive look.

I hear it time and time again from my personal shopping clients that they would love to try a jumpsuit but that they just don’t suit them.

Believe me when I say there is a jumpsuit out there for everyone - you just need to take a bit of time and experiment with which styles and shapes work well on you.

I’m not in any way tall, but I’m a major fan of a jumpsuit and I’ve learned that I need to wear either a shorter culotte style or something that has a bit of a wrap around style to the bust and waist.

This is also good for someone with a bigger bust as the wrap and culotte style bring in your waist and give you some balance.

Also go for something with a vertical stripe to lengthen the body. If you’re tall, the jumpsuit world is your oyster. Try some full length, silky style with a wide leg and embrace that Studio 54 vibe.

I’ve been at some A/W press previews recently and you can expect to see lots of glitzy sequin and metallic one pieces making their way into stores just in time for the Christmas party season.

In this case, keep your accessories low key and simple to avoid being mistaken for an ABBA tribute act - unless that’s the vibe

you’re going for!

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