I’m seeing jumpsuits everywhere and not just on the local Swiss kids heading to kindergarten. The trend is big this year. Balenciaga, Ralph Lauren, Chloe, Stella McCartney, Fendi – they’re all pushing the onesie, whether it’s the pinafour style, pajama inspired look, strapless, long-sleeved or with wide bell sleeves. The dominant shades are black, cream and denim blue, colours we’re actually capable of pulling off, thank you fashion land. The High Street is offering us some major temptations too – check out these beauties from Mango here and here and from Asos here and here. For denim inspiration check out my favorite denim jumpsuits from Madewell here and Current/Elliott here.
I’ve dabbled in trying on jumpsuits before but aside from owning one dressy version from Reiss years ago (ruined by my sister’s fake tan addiction, I’ve nearly forgiven her) I’ve never done jumpsuit-casual. I’ve always found the proportions of jumpsuits to be totally out of whack with my (obviously freakish) body. I’m 5 ft 7 inches so not exactly Amazonian but I’ve always found them to be too short overall and straying into that cordoned-off camel toe territory no girl ever wants to wander into.
Anyway under fashion pressure I thought I’d give it another go so popped into H&M. That’s the beauty of the changing room – a sanctuary that can build and inspire and with the same hand destroy and damage. In this case, I was inspired and pleasantly surprised.
I found a boiler-suit style jumpsuit with an all over relaxed and loose fit. I opted for a black version, that way if there is any threat of the camel visiting you’re less likely to notice. In true monochrome styleee (and for insta-friendliness, I know, I’m shameless) I paired mine with white sneakers and another big ’16 trend, the bomber jacket. The great thing about the boiler-suit style is it needs minimal styling and accessorizing. You can go for a paired back nonchalant look with sneakers or dress it up with strappy sandals and a bit of unbuttoning / unzipping on top for some skin exposure.
I’m a convert. With a jumpsuit I don’t have to think about what to wear on top and bottom, plus I can get ready in minutes (that doesn’t happen too often). It’s like a little black dress but with a bit more effort required when you need to visit the little girls powder room. This versatile piece of cloth can be worn chic, casual, on its own or layered with a t-shirt or sweater. Check out here how I styled it for a sneaky weekend with my better half in Paris.
Are you a fan of the off-duty onesie?
Jumpsuit ♦ H&M
Bomber Jacket ♦ Zara
Sneakers ♦ Mango (similar here)
Clutch Bag ♦ All Saints
Aviator Style Glasses ♦ AJ Morgan from Asos