How To Wear.... the latest fashions from Expert Style Consultant, Helen Reynolds

Jumpsuits. Something I NEVER thought I would wear again after wearing them back in the 80’s.

When they first appeared back on the scene, I cowered away. They are not for me, not for my body shape and I am just TOO OLD to wear such a thing.

However, the more I saw women wearing them successfully, the more intrigued I became. Eventually I took the plunge and treated myself to a lovely Baukjen number, which although I haven’t worn to death, I am very pleased with and will definitely continue to wear this winter.

Jumpsuits are versatile enough to wear on a daily basis in a casual way with flats or even trainers, as well as with pair of heels for a more smart or dressy look. And apart from the awkwardness of going to the loo, they are very easy to wear and practical.

I’ve been totally seduced by the MASSIVE selection out this season and I’d like to own another. I just can’t decide which. I’d love to know what you think of the ones I’ve featured here. Do leave me a comment and let me know if you are in the market!

 

How to wear jumpsuits

Body Shape

If you have a waist, the world is your oyster. Most jumpsuits have an elasticated waist that pulls you in and gives you a lovely shape. You can choose to add a belt if you like that look on you. Choose a belt in a similar tone (as dark or as light as the fabric) to create curves or choose a contrasting colour if you really want to highlight your tiny waist (just bear in mind this can cut you in two and make you look shorter). Experiment with different belts to see what works best for you.

If you are thicker around the waist with slimmer hips, look for a jumpsuit that is less ‘waisty’. Choose an empire line cut (a seam between your bust and your waist) or a jumpsuit with a dropped waist or with fabric that ‘blouses over’ the waistband. This will give you shape without drawing attention to your lack of a waist.

 

Accessories

If your jumpsuit is one colour, especially if it’s a neutral colour, play with accessories to add interest. Metallic shoes and jewellery look good for evening wear, or try a sumptuous fabric such as velvet shoes and statement jewellery.

If your jumpsuit is patterned, it can be nice to play down the footwear and accessories to allow the print to do its thing.

If you are tempted by jumpsuits but haven’t yet gone for it, or if like me, you are ready for another, I urge you to take a look at these stunning options!

 

1. Plus Size

This black number is from the curve range at Very and is a great, flattering alternative to a dress for evening wear. This comes in sizes 18-28. I’d add metallic heels, drop earrings and a sparkly bracelet.

Very RI Plus Black Jumpsuit, £55

 

2. Fun and frivolous

Red is THE colour of the season. If you suit a bold print, try this fun little Miss Selfridge number.

Miss Selfridge Floral Cape Jumpsuit, £45

 

3. Paired back and comfy.

This is very similar to the one I have. It is uber comfy and not at all fitted. I don’t wear it with a belt as I don’t suit drawing attention to my non-waist. I like how she has styled it simply – great for work – if you can cope with the toilet issue. I tend to wear mine as evening wear with pointed ankle boots with a heel and a statement necklace and coloured clutch.

Baukjen Tania Jumpsuit,
£119

 

4. Glamour

The intensity of this shade is perfect for those with ‘winter’ colouring. This is definitely more suitable as evening wear and needs nothing more than a slick of  lipstick. Great for showing off a small waist. This one is midi-length and can be worn with fancy flats or elegant heels.

Karen Millen Wide-leg Jumpsuit, £199

 

5. Corporate

This is the most ‘worky’ one I have found and I love it. Tailored, sophisicated and clean lines. You could throw on a blazer and totally rock this jumpsuit for business meetings, speaking engagements or indeed any occasion where a more corporate image is required. I have to say I am very tempted by this one. It’s also not too ‘waisty’ so could work well for those with ‘straighter’ figure types.

Ivy and Oak Wide Leg V Neck Jumpsuit, £145

 

And if none of these float your boat, check out Lavish Alice. I literally got so absorbed in their website I couldn’t even pick one to show you. I love them all!

Disclaimer: I don’t receive a commission from Lavish Alice (or any other brand) I just love what they are doing!

Do leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts on jumpsuits!

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