The party look where you don’t have to shave your legs – WIN
It’s been years now since I wore a dress to any formal occasion – I’m a jumpsuit convert these days. It’s basically the fancy event clothing choice for those who live in jeans and t-shirts *raises hand*. There’s something comfy about them, slightly understated and the only downside is that you practically have to get nude to have a wee (and often have to ask a fellow wee-goer to zip you back up). I don’t actually currently own any dresses and the occasionwear section of my wardrobe is exclusively made up of jumpsuits; including a ZARA number that I wore to the Glamour Women of The Year Awards, one from Whistles that I pulled out for a Summer Party and then the Whistles Mia Frill Jumpsuit, which is what I’m donning in this post and is my go-to festive outfit of choice (head-to-toe black, so festive I know).
If you’re a jumpsuit lover like me or you’re just looking to dip your toe into the world of all-in-ones then here are my top picks to purchase for the winter party season…
THE LITTLE BLACK JUMPSUIT
I mean, of course you know that this category is my personal favourite. If you’re new to jumpsuits then this is going to be a safe place to start. The thing with a black jumpsuit is that they can be dressed-up or dressed-down depending on what you pair them with. Go for an ankle boot or casual heel with a leather jacket over the shoulders for something a bit more ‘I woke up like this‘, or go for a strappy sandal and a fancy bag for something a little more formal (here I’ve gone for my ALDO Shoes and CHANEL Bag). I love the Whistles Mia Frill Jumpsuit for the cold-shoulder detail and the slightly cropped leg, but I’m seriously eyeing up the Whistles Ruby Wrap Tie Jumpsuit because it’s a little more covering and therefore a bit easier to pull off in an everyday setting.
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THE FESTIVE JUMPSUIT
If it’s a Christmas party that you’re having a classic ‘I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!’ meltdown about, then you can’t go wrong with one of these. I love a bit of metallic and seasonal shades around this time of year, but they can easily be recycled at a later date too. The ZARA red jumpsuit I own has been lent out time and time again to family and friends for various occasions. It’s a good piece to have, and this ASOS Jumpsuit with Ruffle Shoulder Detail is a gorgeous addition with its frilly neckline and flattering tie-up detail (it’s also a bit of a bargain!). The other two that really caught my eye are the Warehouse Lace Top Jumpsuit because it’s so darn chic and looks like a Whistles piece for a fraction of the price and the Warehouse Metallic Cami Plisse Jumpsuit which just oozes a bit of Kate Moss cool.
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THE BANDEAU JUMPSUIT
Bandeau jumpsuits are where my love affair for them began. Who remembers the REISS beauty that I wore in my Christmas Get Ready With Me video last year? It’s the one that kicked this whole love affair off. Now they’re possibly not the best option for those of you out there who are blessed in the chest department (I will forever be jealous – the grass is always greener, eh?), but for those like me who just possess two tiny fried eggs, you don’t need to worry too much about keeping things in place so a boob-tube top is an easy and flattering option. This Oasis Bandeau Jumpsuit is a slinky little number isn’t it? And I love a bit of a navy. I have to say though that this ASOS Bandeau Jumpsuit with Ruffle Overlay is the one for me – who doesn’t love a bit of ruffle?
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Photos by Lauren Shipley