[Post contains gifted products]
For the second part of my Boden Spring collaboration (you can see my first post here, talking about Spring workwear) I thought I would challenge myself to style a more casual look – in this case, a Spring jumpsuit. I love the concept of jumpsuits – the elegance and simplicity of a one-piece and the stylish, put-together nature it instantly evokes – but they can be tricky to pull off if you don’t have a model figure or stature, i.e. if you’re a normal person like me! Here are some simple tips I’ve learnt for how to make a Spring jumpsuit work in reality.
Firstly, the cut is all-important. I opted to style the Frederica jumpsuit (available in navy and red or blue and currently reduced): I adore the delicate, ditsy print and the fact that it combines pink and red in the springlike pattern – and again can be made to look different by pairing with each different shade. Here, I’ve pulled out the latter hue with the pop from the pillarbox red cross-body Lingfield mini saddle bag. What’s more, a darker background and smaller print flatter an hourglass figure, not to mention the wrapover front and wide sleeves that cater for a larger bust and not-so-muscly arms.
Although jumpsuits can be a less practical option, this one has fast become the easiest to wear that I own – the waist is elasticated and there are no buttons or zips! Moreover, a removable tie belt cinches in the waist: my tip would be to leave it tied and hanging loose, rather than in a bow, so it draws the eye down the body and elongates the leg. This jumpsuit would look just as lovely with trainers, but I wanted to wear these heeled Harriet clogs to give me a little more height. Like me on the East Coast of Scotland, if it’s not quite the weather for bare legs where you are but you desperately want to wear your new sandals, make sure you match your socks or tights to the colour you’re wearing on your lower half – another trick I learned is key to lengthening a silhouette. I finished the look with this denim jacket: a nod to the ‘nineties trend but a timeless wardrobe staple in my book.
What are you wearing at the moment? How would you style a Spring jumpsuit?
Jumpsuit, jacket, bag and sandals c/o Boden, vintage accessories, but all love of jumpsuit wearing and ‘seventies style clogs entirely my own.