Join the jumpsuit train

BY: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah

Have you heard of fashionable jumpsuits, playsuits, rompers, dungarees and trousers/pantsuits? They have something in common. They are one-piece outfits that often come in the form of a trouser or shorts combined with the top.

Our focus for this week will be on jumpsuits which seem to be in a comfortable lead in the fashion world.
Jumpsuits are attractive and trendy to wear to any smart-casual business meeting or informal events. They are streamlined spin-offs of the overalls with sleeves and legs. Jumpsuits are often one-piece garments which are fashionable because of their functionality.

The jumpsuit has come a long way since it was first invented in the early 20th century by the Florentine artist Thayat who wanted to create a liberating, anti-bourgeois item of clothing. In the 60s, Mick Jagger wore an Ossie Clark one with metal rings that apparently heated up under stage lights and burned his skin.

In the 70s, Farrah Fawcett wore a deep-V silky emerald green jumpsuit in Charlie’s Angels, while the 80s brought Anneka Rice’s brightly coloured tracksuit versions.

Wearing a jumpsuit is not a big deal. With any fabric of your choice, you can have your tailor design one for you. Apart from the already made ones being sold at the boutiques and malls, people are using the wax prints to design their own jumpsuits.

When attending formal occasions, women often fall into the mindset of thinking that a dress is their only option. While a dress may be the “safe” choice for dressing appropriately, it will rarely have the same impact as a jumpsuit.

Jumpsuits can just be as beautiful and polished as a dress while offering an out-of-the-box wow factor that will earn you some serious style points.

 

While wearing a jumpsuit may make coordinating an outfit a much simpler task than most other garments, it still requires a bit of thought. Yes, you can just wear one item of clothing, but you still need to think about how you will accessorise it.

When you choose the wrong accessories, the whole outfit can look very sloppy and unstylish. To keep things chic, plan out your outfit, paying particular attention to your shoes, jewellery and a belt. After all, this statement style demands accessories that help it shine, so choose the ones that match well.

A belt is a vital accessory to pull off a jumpsuit, particularly if you are still unsure about the style. Even if the style is already fitted at the waist, a belt will help you appear slimmer and turn a column silhouette into an hourglass. Add a jumpsuit to your Christmas list and step out in style.

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