First up, don’t switch over because you don’t think you’re an all-in-one kind of a person. I do think there’s a jumpsuit out there for everyone. Plus, as if we should need reminding, if you like the look of it, wear it. Stand firm in the face of potential Kevin Webster, Slipknot, CBeebies-presenter jibes that will be almost inevitable from your family. Why is it family have no qualms about laughing at your fashion sense? Ignore them – the jumpsuit is a fine piece of clothing and one I enjoy very much.
Yes, there is a toilet issue, but you learn to live with that, and that’s saying something coming from a woman with a bladder the size of a walnut, or maybe even a pistachio. I can’t even look at a pint of lager without making sure there are at least two toilet options within 100 yards. If you’re worried about potential nakedness on the loo, wear a vest. A vest is much maligned, but a very useful piece of kit. I wear the Uniqlo ‘Heattech’ ones in the winter and their ‘Airism’ range in the summer.
I love a jumpsuit for the same reason I love a dress. It’s an instant outfit. The only thing you need to think about is a jacket and some shoes, and in Phil Collins weather, you don’t even need to think about outerwear. PLUS you can do more in a jumpsuit – climb trees, roll down hills, do the splits, bend over without fear of a builder’s bum crack – I mean, I know you probably don’t want to do any of those, but the point is, you could if you wanted to…
THE MOST FLATTERING JUMPSUIT
I have to start with this one. This IRIS ‘Sasha’ jumpsuit is quite literally the best jumpsuit I’ve ever owned. They do a version of it every season. The latest incarnation has been reimagined by Sarah @littlespree in a lovely, soft, washed black denim fabric. Unfortunately it was such a hit that it’s sold out now, but it should be back soon, so pop yourself on the waiting list if you fancy it. If you can’t wait, there’s also a gorgeous floral version that is currently still in stock. I can’t tell you why it’s so flattering but it just seems to suit all body shapes. Works just as well for those with bums and hips as it does for the skinny minnies. For reference, because I know it helps, I’m just over 5’7 and a standard size 12. I have a reasonably long body and longish legs. I think Sarah is 5’5 and also a size 12.
THE ONE FOR MY SHORTER LADIES
I had to use my lovely friend Phoebe to illustrate this one. She’s 5’2 and looks amazing in a jumpsuit. Proving you don’t need height on your side to wear one with confidence. Yes, you may need to roll up a hem or two, but with clothes it’s much easier to make something shorter than it is to add length. Phoebe is wearing the Anneka ditsy print jumpsuit from Joanie in a size 12. She’s usually a 10 so maybe go up a size if you’ve got a fair set of bangers. They do it in a few colours and patterns. Also, and kudos to Joanie, it goes up to a size 22.
THE DENIM JUMPSUIT
I know this is the style that a lot of people find the trickiest as it really can conjure up ‘I just got off shift doing a tricky MOT and now I’m heading down to the pub’ vibes. There’s not much I can do about that image apart from say ignore those thoughts and just go for it. I’m wearing my favourite denim boiler suit from Spry Workwear. Unfortunately I don’t think they are making the denim version anymore, but check out their site as they do have a navy version on sale and their clothes are perfect for tall people as the leg length is good and long. On the high street I find Hush is very good for this kind of jumpsuit. Usually true to size too. Pair your denim with a trench coat and some Birkenstocks. I’m really into my clogs again right now.
THE PRINTED JUMPSUIT
For those with more of a sense of adventure clothing-wise, why not try a printed jumpsuit to stand out from the crowd? If you’re concerned about your expanding tummy area (I mean, who isn’t when you get past 40?), then look for looser fitting jumpsuits with a tie-waist belt. I like to tie it slightly above the thickest part of my stomach so the belt-ties cover the bulge and, with the addition of a busy print, it hides everything you want hidden. I’m wearing my Iris Sasha jumpsuit from 2020 above. In front of a castle (of course).
THE BOILER SUIT
I’m not really sure if there is a difference between a boiler suit and jumpsuit. In my head a boiler suit is looser fitting and a bit more casual. Saying that, I think you can wear it in many ways. Here’s a more dressed-up look below. Pair your classic boiler suit with some strappy heels and a blazer and swap out the fabric tie-belt for a more upmarket one that can elevate the look so easily. I love a piece of clothing that can work for any occasion. I love this one from Oasis, but special mention has to go to ME + EM for this navy satin cotton one and, for high summer, this lightweight cheesecloth one.
Finally, I couldn’t do a blog about jumpsuits without including a few pairs of dungarees for all you dungaree lovers out there. Yes, of course you can still wear dungarees as a proper grown up. Add a pretty lace blouse underneath for spring/summer. It’s forever one of my favourite looks. As a side note – nothing to do with dungarees and more to do with age – Izipizi make THE best cool reading glasses. Not a sentence you hear very often, cool reading glasses. But they really are. They’re also super lightweight AND they make them as sunglasses too. I have three pairs already!
I hope you find the jumpsuit that works for you. Next week I might attempt your ‘Week away in the sun’ packing guide as I’ve had quite a few requests.