So what happens if it doesn't get warmer...?

Back to thinking about Spring and Summer nights out, I'm slightly concerned that it might not get any warmer any time soon. Which would be a disaster if we all end up finding our perfect dress, only to accessorise it with freshly plucked chicken goose bumps clad legs.  Nothing worse. 

So that's reason one for this blog.  Another option needed that offers more coverage.

Reason two is inspiration taken from last week's Grazia, where one of the journalists wore the same piece of clothing for a month, changing it up into different outfits.  For day and night.  Very interesting indeed (even though we only saw about 4 photos so I'm assuming there was a lot of variation on the other days too...)

Lastly, I am having the hugest success with the marmite dungarees (which I appreciate is a matter of opinion but giving myself the benefit of the doubt...) that I am hoping to find another wardrobe favourite in...... a Jumpsuit. (so buying into the alleged versatility element of Reason two and I love a challenge)

Yes I know I've done these before but I've never quite been able to identify what I've been looking for.   And now I've had a lightbulb moment. 

  • It has to be a jumpsuit and not a boilersuit (no zip down the front, no stiff fabrics)
  • It has to be in a silky, tencel, lyocel, viscose style drapey fabric (covering the options there... but not a creasy fabric - it has to pass the crease test) 
  • It has to be tapered into the leg (I can't be doing with finding the perfect heel height every time I want to wear them) 
  • It has to be plain - no print.  
  • Colourwise, I'm looking at a neutral dark of black, navy or khaki. 
Let the search begin:-

Starting with the one that Angela (journalist from Grazia mentioned above) wore on her experiment. 




Buuuuuuuuuut, I did see this in H&M today and it didn't rock my world.  Angela wears it a lot better than it looks in the flesh.  Maybe I need to try it on and give it the proper crease test (which involves nothing more complicated than scrunching it up in my hands for as long as you can without getting thrown out of the shop) but it did look creasy mccreasy.....

So other alternatives which might be slightly more robust fabric.

This is in the sale at Atterley Road and is a great reduction.  Not many sizes left though.  The most similar I could find to the one above. 




Now we need to ignore the styling as we all know that it's not a true representation.....

Didn't think about grey but how about grey? 

Tencel 3/4 Sleeve Jumpsuit £49.50 from M&S.  I'm not sure this is quite what I'm looking for as it's ever so slightly on the utilitarian side.




This one looks a lot more versatile.  Lovely heavy drapey fabric and sleeveless but not too much flesh on show.  Perfect with a little jacket over the top (which is another obsession just waiting to happen)

Wrap Front Jumpsuit £69 from Autograph  This is top of the pile for me.

Another cross over version with cap sleeves and this time in navy (well they say it's navy.... it looks like a slate grey to me but then you gotta love the M&S website....) 



Again, I fear the buttons may be a detail too far for me but if it's a good fit (and it is in my beloved Tencel) 









 haven't gone down the very economical route as I have had one of these in the past and truth be told, quality of fabric with a jumpsuit is important.  Mine looked like I'd slept in it after having it on for about an hour and even though I loved the fit and the style (crossover sleeveless like the M&S Autograph one which I am most tempted to try) it just looked cheap.  I am certainly not averse to buying cheap clothes At All but I don't really want to look tatty in them. 

That said, just because you spend money on something, doesn't necessarily mean it is going to be good quality.  And there in lies the dilemma, you do need to do the crease and fit test. 

I have high hopes for these though and am really liking the idea of navy.  Although the jury is out on the tie neck...




Love the simplicity of this one.... 



And there we have the rather woefully poor selection (M&S you win at jumpsuits this year).

Now I know the one thing people always say - it's so difficult to go to the loo in them.... Okay so it's not as easy as whipping down a pair of jeans but in all honesty, it's not like wearing a wedding dress or a straight jacket (the latter I'm assuming is hard to take off, I'll admit it's something I've not got around to trying).   It's two minutes longer.  I can live with that for an outfit that's super versatile and comfortable whilst you've got it on.  

I'm going to be ordering a selection of these to try as I'm on an "all in one" roll.  But no I don't have plans for a onesie blog.. (then again, if you'd told me a matter of months ago I would be a dungarees advocate, I'd have laughed you out of town) 

Trip to London today to see Hush - loads to report.  Absolutely gorgeous collection this season along with a new Beach Collection being launched soon.  

Outfit for the trip - flats needed as I then tramped around Covent Garden which was a real treat.  

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Cream blouse - Zara
Black dungarees - H&M
Black Tuxedo Blazer - Hush
Leopard Print Scarf - Louis Vuitton
Black Wild Kat ballet pumps - The British Flat Shoe Compnay
Diego bag - Alexander Wang

Tomorrow, last day at school for my children and they are on their knees (or maybe that's me....)  They are exhausted, crabby and ratty (or again... maybe that's me....actually that's definitely me) and I can't wait for them to have some down time.  I am finally finally having my hair colour done tomorrow - it's only been since October that I haven't had it coloured.  The Shame......

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  1. I have this and it's great - not creasy and tapered at leg http://www.baukjen.com/uk/weston-jumpsuit-caviar-black.htm?utm_medium=GoogleMerchantFeed&utm_source=GoogleMerchantFeed&utm_campaign=BaukjenWomenswearUKWestonJumpsuitVoucherDTY14&utm_content=ProductFeed&_%24ja=tsid%3A44169&code=SHOP325&gclid=CPqIhZPr0MQCFSXItAodvC8Ahw&gclsrc=aw.ds

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    1. oh yes, I knew there was another one I'd seen. Right, on the look out for a discount code - I think I have a 20% off somewhere.... Thank you x

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    2. Love this one but it's sold out! Such a shame x

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    3. oh that'd be right. GAH!

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  2. Ahh there is nothing better than scrunching hundreds of shopping bags under the table and drinking paella with cold white wine in Covent Garden with girlfriends. Am jealous!!

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    1. See? Drinking paella. That's because I have 6 days left of NO WINE and can only think OF DRINKING!! (shame face!)

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    2. Alas, I had to go and buy a white tee shirt for the 10 yr old to tie dye at Guides on Wed and then dash back for the school pick up.... ever so slightly different from your scenario but it beat the hoovering!! Six days after FORTY DAYS AND NIGHTS. I am in awe. Totally in awe.

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  3. Kat I have seen the Somerset one by Alice Temperley and it is divine, even the bow tie, if I was tall, slim and leggy like you I would buy it!

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    1. I wlll definitely check it out, thanks for that lovely x

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  4. http://www.orangebag.nl/english/vrouwen/la+fee+maraboutee/broeken+en+jumpsuits/418209/
    have a look abroad! I bought this jumpsuit in green last year. Expensive but does not crease or sweat, it is just lovely! And washes like a dream as you'd say. Got compliments very time I wore it (which was lots last summer:, Irmin- the lady in the green jumpsuit)

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    1. I will check that out thank you! xxx

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  5. I actually tried on 2 jumpsuits in H&M over the weekend but feared that it made my arse look like it started somewhere in the middle of my back and end mid thigh! Not very flattering at all! So desperately wanted to make it work as it seems like a great throw on outfit! One was kakhi and the other a mixed print large Paisley on top and polka dots on bottom navy & rust orange loved it but wasn't sure I could pull it off re arse issue above!!

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    1. Ok so you're not exactly selling them to me......!!

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  6. Ooooo, I'm liking that black Mint Velvet one! I'll go check that one out, thanks! xx

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  7. Looking forward to the Hush blog. My Hush shopping list is being added to everytime i sneak a peak on there. Love so many of the new items.

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    1. I could honestly have put all of it in a suitcase and bought it home with me!

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  8. Love the navy m&s one! I really don't need one, but it looks lovely and versatile. Still chilly and horrendously windy here.

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    1. I do think they'll be v versatile..... It's so windy here but the sun does appear to be shining

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  9. Bought too this S/S...not that it is, indeed, S/S, more like Autumn what with the cold, rain and wind...first up the Mint Velvet jumpsuit you've featured, in khak tencel fabric, and second a black jersey one from M&S. The MV one I had altered - had the waist raised due to dropped crotch issue. It does crease a little bit when you do the scrunch test (ha ha I do the same in shops...) but they do seem to drop out, if you know what I mean. The M&S one is a very simple jumpsuit. Round neck, elasticated waist (that sounds very old ladyish!) and tapered legs. Easy to wear as no creasing at all and good for dressing up or down. It's M&S Collection Front Tie Jumpsuit. No dropped crotch problems there either!

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    1. I'lll see if the M&S one is still online (bloody M&S - no chance of finding it instore!)

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    2. It is (I checked this morning). It has nice drapey pockets too. I tried on the wrap one but preferred this one (cannot remember why, think it might have been crotch issues again!!!! Might be ok for you though as you are taller than I am (5'7" over here)

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    3. I'll have a look at that thanks love xx

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  10. Just bought the navy M&S one, along with a printed chambray one too. But not yet tried on. My biggest fear is the leg length, being 5ft 9 I usually find that they will be way too short for comfort. Expecting that I'll just look like a plumber in both!

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    1. Ah - basically wedgy territory??! I have to say my other one was ok for that - despite it only costing £20. I really loved it, it just looked like it cost £2! I don't mind them shorter on the leg though - quite like them with a bit of ankle on show. x

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  11. There's some jumpsuits on LTS which look nice, leg length is 34". I do like the idea. ....I don't know if I dare!!!
    Lu xx

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    1. I will go and have a look - I always forget to look there (I used to find it so overpriced and everything so BIG!) even a 10 was like a normal 14....

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  12. Love jumsuits, just acquired my 3rd one (a cotton chambray number). Fun to wear and so versatile. Good luck in your jumpsuit search, Kat!

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    1. oh my lord you are so ahead of the game!

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