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FASHION NOTES: THE VERSATILITY OF THE JUMPSUIT

05.05.16

The jumpsuit has well and truly secured its position as an evening hero, sometimes even rivaling the dress when it comes to stand-out style after hours. Recent seasons, however, have seen its relevance expand across a host of occasions. Whether you’re a committed fan or are yet to experiment with the look, now is the time to think outside the box and bring the one-piece right to the forefront of your everyday rotation. We look a little closer at the SS16 collection and how best to style each look for now. Shop SS16 jumpsuits

Ray jumpsuit, Marcel bagMalva sandals

 

CONTEMPORARY OCCASIONWEAR

With an influx of summer event invites (namely weddings) it’s occasionwear that naturally makes its way to the top of our wardrobe priorities at about this time in the season. A simplistic tailored jumpsuit will make a contemporary alternative to the dress, whilst complying with a smart dress code at the same time. The Ray, for example, is sleek in silhouette and minimalistic in design, so it makes for an elegant option, and works well worn with a strappy nude pump as well as something a little more high-shine. Take your cue from Kat from fashion blog, With Love From Kat, and keep accessories neutral to master understated elegance.

Frenchie jumpsuit, Karmine blazer, Margerita clutch, Gaia shoes

 

BLACK TIE ELEGANCE

The jumpsuit excels at easy elegance, so when it comes to evening dressing, it’s a no-brainer. Take things up a notch this season and try wearing a darkly romantic one-piece to your next black tie event. Be warned though, this kind of invite warrants only the most elevated of designs. The Frenchie, for example, fits the criteria perfectly, with its artfully draped satin top, slash neckline and softly tailored trousers. Keep accessories modern yet minimal to capture the utmost sophistication; heels with glossy detailing and a black clutch in an abstract shape will offset the sleek design best, and a longline blazer draped over the shoulders will offer an extra layer without compromising on aesthetic.

Loulou playsuit, Baye jacket, Cupid mules, Amelie bag

DAYTIME CHIC

Easy to wear and effortlessly feminine, nothing spells out daytime chic like a playsuit. Relaxed silhouettes capture a laidback nonchalance that’s perfectly suited to off-duty days, but a fitted waist will add definition to the silhouette in the most effortless way. Nod to the season’s safari trend with the Loulou in khaki – its sleeveless shape and boxy shorts will bring boyish charm to your look, but when worn with suede mules or embellished flats, it takes on a wholly feminine guise. Whether you’re heading for a casual lunch with friends, a family barbecue or something more formal, this is the perfect go-to. Layer up with a longline jacket or a boyfriend blazer and add a chunky cuff for a contemporary twist.

Corsico jumpsuit, Caden leather jacket, Edie flats, Malva heels

18-HOUR HERO

Spring’s jumpsuit iterations prove that there is more than one way to wear the style in focus. Languid lines and cropped lengths breathe fresh, daytime perspective into the wardrobe staple that results in a blend of easy and elevated style. For a multi-functional piece such as this, look no further than the Corsico. Cut to a wearable short-sleeved silhouette, it’s loaded with throw-on-and-go appeal and works both dressed up or down to suit the occasion.  When it comes to keeping things relevant, the message is in the styling. Point-toe heels will suit 18-hour events such as the races or a wedding, and flats will dress down the look for a more casual take. Add a leather jacket for a directional twist, and choose statement earrings to complete the look.

Pip jumpsuit, Illie necklace, Lark tote, Venus shoes

 

PROFESSIONAL POLISH

The sleekest way to promote your workwear wardrobe is with a sharply-cut jumpsuit. Crisp and minimal, it’s this season’s answer to office-appropriate attire that multitasks. Colour-block styles that feature a white shirt and contrasting trousers will give the illusion of classic suiting but carry all the ease of a one-piece. Make a statement in something similar to the Pip style, styling it with elegant point-toe pumps and a delicate smattering of jewellery for a look that works around the clock. After hours, add slash of colour-pop lipstick - it will instantly transform the look into something altogether evening appropriate.