Jumping Jack Flash
Eight years ago I wore a jumpsuit to my own hen do. And the other weekend, I wore a jumpsuit to a friend’s. The first time round it was a strappy, slightly embellished number from River Island that I wore with some dangerously high, gold glittery heels. This time round it was with a pair of trainers. This may suggest that the jumpsuit is perfect for a night out, but not much else. Well that would be incorrect because they are one of the most versatile pieces out there and, dare I say, a wardrobe staple. The fact that most retailers now have a dedicated section on their site, tells you how mainstream an item it has become.
I have this jumpsuit from Hush £75 which I bought last year and which they have repeated again this season in black and also in a dark pink. While last year I kept it for dressier occasions, this year I have been wearing during the day with trainers or flatforms and with a denim jacket. I even wore it on Christmas Day because it felt like an extension of my pjs and the elasticated waist came in useful for the post turkey, undoing of the belt. It is out of stock on the website in black but John Lewis does have stock in their stores although, alas not on their website.
They do also have this Open Back Jumpsuit £85 which is a bit more limited in end use and definitely more of a summer thing. This also comes in a red.
There is a whole world of jumpsuit out there to explore and if you want something for a ‘do’ but don’t want a dress, then a jumpsuit is the perfect alternative. Whistles has lots of lovely styles to choose from. I really like these wider legged cropped styles which feel like the newest thing out there in jumpsuit terms.
The Embroidery Cutwork Jumpsuit £280. Sleek styling as ever from Whistles.
Another option is the Jasmine Cut Out Jumpsuit £220 which has a cut out back and a tie.
Or the Lavene Jumpsuit £179 in navy.
Reiss also has a good choice from the Era Black Satin Trim Jumpsuit £235 which is a super sexy take on a tux.
There is also this Flavia Night Navy Double Layer Jumpsuit £235 which has a chiffon layer, open back and lovely neck tie.
Or the clever folk at M&S have come up with a jumpsuit you can wear in different ways: Multiway Sleeveless Jumpsuit £69 which you can wear as a halter or as a strapless style. Now that is a good idea.
For a good value buy then H&M’s Dressy Jumpsuit £39.99 in dark blue is worth investigating.
And for a casual beach/holiday option they have this Sleeveless Jumpsuit £12.99.
Now you don’t need to just think plain as there is also a lot of good print action going on. For something special, Boden has this Evelyn Jumpsuit £250 which only available in 8 or 14.
Or this Palm Leaf Tie Waist Jumpsuit £168 from Anthropologie.
Or for a more casual look, there is this Jersey Jumpsuit £80 which comes in two different prints and black (although this is basically sold out). It also comes in two different lengths so that there is no ankle swinging action for those who are tall.
At M&S their Limited Collection has this Floral Print Jumpsuit £49.50 which you could wear to a wedding, a party or on holiday.
I also like this Sandy Tropical Print Jumpsuit £69 from Monsoon.
And in a similar vein, this Tropical Penang Jumpsuit £38 from Oasis.
Or this Tajo Bird Bandeau Jumpsuit £42.
For a more fashion feel, go for a cropped wide leg like this Printed Wrap Jumpsuit £49.99 from Mango.
Less floral now with this V neck Jumpsuit £24.99 from H&M which also comes in black.
I have now also got on the playsuit bandwagon, having previously thought that I would look a bit like a toddler, and bought this Modal Blend Playsuit £24.99 from H&M.
Hush has a similar style with its Emma Playsuit £59 – in black and anemone.
Meanwhile, Zara’s Short Printed Jumpsuit £25.99 is a great casual option.
If you really want to channel the boho look then this Vada Paisley Playsuit £98 from Anthropologie is just the thing. In fact, they have lots of lovely playsuits and jumpsuits full stop.
The other benefit of a jumpsuit is that you can leopard crawl and pole dance without flashing your pants. (hmmm which hen do was that?)