Jumpsuits – the good, the bad, and the onesie
Let’s talk jumpsuits! Would you wear one?
I know that they can go horribly wrong. Like this one from ASOS.
It’s called the ‘Sexy Boiler Jumpsuit’ but really it’s a mechanic’s overall with lapels. It looks like something the Kwik Fit fitters might wear for their annual dinner dance.
But jumpsuits aren’t all like that. They can also be sublime. Check this out:
This is a vintage Pucci stretch silk jumpsuit. It can be yours, if you have £600 and a lifestyle to match. Wish I did.
There’s a lot of semantic confusion about jumpsuits. Here’s a handy guide:
- If you can wear it on the sofa while eating takeaway, or if it’s been spotted on a member of One Direction, it’s a onesie
- If it ends above the knees, and you could wear it with a floral headband to Glastonbury, it’s a playsuit
- If it’s made of terry-cloth and sized for a 6 year old child, it’s a romper
- If it’s made of denim or canvas, and you could wear it for damp-proofing your house, it’s a boilersuit
Then there are the jumpsuits that are properly named, but still a bit dodgy-looking. I think the key is the trousers. If they’re cinched at the ankle, like this Burda pattern, you’re on dangerous territory:
But if they’re narrow-legged all the way down, now you’re talking. Or if the legs are wider and 30s looking, that’s even better, like this truly amazing blue jumpsuit by Paul & Joe, which I really, really want.
I think I’m going to tackle sewing a jumpsuit this summer – I’d love to wear one to a wedding (not my own wedding, although I did try on an interesting wedding jumpsuit in a vintage shop in Brighton).
How awesome would it be to rock wearing something like this blue number? I realise that visiting the loo after a few beers could be slightly problematic, but Iooking good is worth it, right?
I have to confess I’ve never actually worn a jumpsuit, and I’m a bit hazy on the mechanics. I can just see myself cobbling one together and ending up not being able to get in it. I assume zips are usually involved somewhere?
If you know of any amazing jumpsuits (to buy or to sew), let me know! I have a board on Pinterest where I’m collecting them.