So not only did I somehow think it would be a good idea to do the food myself for my party on Saturday night (how hard can it be to cook for 60 people?... slightly shudders at the thought), I also *obviously* need to find something to wear. Randomly I actually find the food bit easier. (she says now a whole week ahead... I shall revisit that thought when I'm panicking like hell come Saturday lunchtime..)
I have a selection of dresses on their way - the skirts have gone back. But today, I was able to secure a back up plan. A Jumpsuit. Getting my priorities right.
These, I am pretty confident in saying, have become a modern day classic. Oh I know that they're a total pain in the arse to go to the loo in. Of that there is no denying. But I think, for the ease of the outfit, for the comfort factor, for the effortless elegance and versatility they offer, you just suck it up.
Now I usually prefer a tapered leg and not sleeveless. The main reason (for the former) is that I'm tall and a flappy hem at ankle level when it should be floor length, is up there with being the biggest no no for me. Boak. Just wrong. Everyone does have different thoughts on where the trousers should fall but for me, it should verge on Dalek. As though it looks like you're gliding along on wheels. A la Dalek style. Not dragging on the floor though..
As seen here with the simply amazing amazing amazing Sportmax Code new season jumpsuit which, for a designer item is actually really well priced. Perfect for work, perfect for nights out, perfect for occasion wear. I adore this. My one gripe with the length (apart from them usually being too short for me) is that you can really only wear them with one height of shoes. Not necessarily a bad thing I guess though.
I love this so so so much.
Sportmax Code Zigote Jumpsuit £220
A slightly variation on the theme from Topshop. Although you would need to wear a top under it but that offers a great versatility to wear with a tee, a shirt, a thin knit jumper etc. Perfect for now with a fine polo neck.
Pinafore Jumpsuit from Topshop £65 If I could guarantee this would be long enough...
In the sale at Whistles.
Whistles Drape Front Slouch Jumpsuit was £160 now £64
Now I'm slightly confused by this one as I'm not sure it's meant to be cropped or it's just too short. But I'm very drawn towards it... as in my head it would work really well were they cropped bottoms. Ideal with flats. Lovely with an ankle boot (so long as the boot hugged the leg - a knee high boot would also work really well underneath - dear lord, not tucked in) or a strappy sandal. Very very drawn to this. Without the shoes. The shoes are wrong diddly in my opinion. And cropped - more cropped.
ASOS Premium Jumpsuit with high neck £55
Short sleeved now and moving onto the slightly more tapered.
Stretch Twill Jumpsuit from Splendid was £226 now £99.44
Now this isn't dressy enough for a party but believe me when I say these are going to sell like hotcakes this season. If you want one, I would get hold of one now. Having said that... black tux blazer, black suede stilettos and leopard clutch - pretty perfect for a night out right now.
This one from Noisy May comes in Tall (which is handy, as opposed to having your nether regions garrotted by a gusset which is what can happen with some of them if you are longer in the body) in the Petite and a Regular
Noisy May Tall Short Sleeve Jumpsuit with Drawstring Waist £48
Khaki at M&S. To be honest, I am looking for something a tad dressier.. although again, with a pair of heels and a blazer you could dress this up for a night out. Leopard print anyone? Or gold heels... The silky feel to the fabric gives it that dressier edge.
V Neck Jumpsuit from M&S £49.50
Then there is of course, the long sleeved option. My favourite shape and what I think would be super useful to go with black, navy and grey jackets, would be this below in the sale at Matches.
I will also throw it in there that, were you a slave to the more fashionable trends that dominate the magazine pages, this would tick all the boxed for the "pyjama" look. Which, I'll say now, is a look I probably won't be buying into. The piped edged silk blouse and wide leg trews as a set which genuinely (and I believe, therein lies the point) look just like pyjamas. For me they fall very squarely under the heading of "know thy limits" which is a personal thing and for some people it may work beautifully. I'm doing a swerve on that one.
But having said that, this would work as a nod to the theme. I just happen to love the subtle print, the lack of silkiness, the versatility it offers and the fact it looks so darned comfy. It would also be perfect with my now getting old but still v useful, Reiss black and blue strappy sandals. They are, for sure the shoes that keep on giving.
Also throw on a pair of sneakers and a biker jacket and perfect school run attire. Oh how I love items of clothing like this that offer so many options.
Striped Cotton Jumpsuit from Vanessa Bruno Athe was £360 now £216
Another long sleeved option that would be marvellous dressed up or down from Tart Collections on The Outnet (I've never heard of them...)
Rowan Stretch modal-blend jumpsuit was £205 now £98.40
Although this one looks like a bargain from Selected (which is always lovely quality). I'm not going to lie - I have zero idea how you get in or out of it...(or the one above for that matter. I do usually end up semi dislocating a shoulder whilst trying to remove the button up the front ones, so the mind boggles as to what sort of contortion I'd have to undertake the strip off these). Doesn't stop it being gorgeous though.
Selected Genova Jumpsuit £45
However I have finally caved and hawking the hush website has paid off as I found this only this morning, back in stock in a size 10. I know they're not doing it in the long sleeved in the S/S. The short sleeved ones they're bringing in are absolutely amazing but they're black and khaki and I have one of each of those already from last year (Kin and Topshop). That I wear loads and loads and will continue to.
But a longsleeved one (and I've tried this on and loved it and kept missing out on it) will be just the ticket, so I ordered it as soon as I spied it. Kicking myself as I should have ordered it with the 20% off they had a while ago. When it went out of stock. Not making that mistake again.
hush Jumpsuit £75
And here I am when I tried it way back when in September. Long hair. Nope, actually still prefer it short. Which is handy...
So today was all about the dress down. All about the total slob. Didn't leave the house, did a shed load of washing (all the glamour) and to be honest, I have no idea where the day went. I do know I did watch Dance Moms for the first time, so that's a new low I've managed to hit.
Plus I did eat cake. A lot of cake. The 11yr old who adores baking made the most amazing chocolate cake for my birthday and I haven't been able to stop shovelling it in every time I walked past it on the counter top today. It's a miracle I'm not wearing any of it. And I'm not even remotely hungover. Tired. But then I'm always tired. Which mother isn't?
Black vest - Primark
Bat sweatshirt - Zoe Karssen
Black Lola joggers - Whistles
Black Edie boots - Seven Boot Lane
Movie night after a big roast which the husband does every week. Apparently mine isn't as good. More than happy to acquiesce to that if it means I don't have too cook it. Result.
Let the week commence tomorrow. I am menu planning - any amazing Ottolenghi style salads that anyone wants to share, would be more than welcome. Got a coupe of favourites that I'm going to be doing for next Saturday and a couple to try this week.
Are you already a full paid up member of the jumpsuit club or do you think we can persuade you to join this season?!