Something that I am asked about constantly. If you don't want to wear a dress, what can you wear for a special occasion?
Well I have a couple of different options up my sleeve but today I'm concentrating on one that I'm personally a huge fan of and can vouch for. And seeing as I've just found another perfect option that I am over the moon with, I wanted to share the love.
The Jumpsuit. So I appreciate the jury is still out on these but they honestly are fabulous. And I think the new versions of them are even easier to wear. Especially for a special occasion. Culotte jumpsuits (bear with me, oh ye of little faith).
I would go so far as to say I think they're even more versatile with regards to dressing up and down. That to me, is the joy of a piece of clothing. I hate having something sat in my wardrobe that I never wear. Well - I do wear but ridiculously infrequently. And I hate to say it, but I do that with dresses. Ok so they do serve their purposes for multiple dressier occasions but lots of "smart ones" are virtually impossible to dress down for the day (looking at you, Self Portrait dresses...even though you are my favourite).
These though - well, it's super easy. In the Spring with sneakers and in the Summer with sandals. Change into heels for the evening and you're off.
They're also super fake tan friendly for those rather slap dash tanners amongst us (that will be me) as there is less flesh on show. Clearly it's for fake tan reasons and not because my exercise regime has yet to take off in any impressive fashion (or any fashion at all...when the children go back to school, of course...) - therefore the less lumps and bumps that are exposed (yes ugly knees, you get to be hidden), the better. And lots of these have short or capped sleeves which are so useful for hiding the tops of arms (the one thing I have to say I'm quite pleased with. The fact I'm so bad with fake tan, it usually looks like I've had a fight with a gravy boat, is therefore a shame).
Starting with my new favourite. I managed to get mine in the Finery discount Easter weekend but if you use the code Paypal20 you should be able to get 20% off your order. I do apologise, but I'm not sure if you have to use paypal to pay or not. (but it's still worth doing for 20% off)
Milford D ring pinafore jumpsuit £75 The fabric of this is gorgeous. Light enough to wear during the day but heavy enough to fit into the "smart" category. And... drum roll... machine washable. If that wasn't enough can I give you the cherry on the cake? Pockets. I rest my case.
And - to prove how much I love it - a very rushed photo and I even got the sandals out. No I didn't bother with the fake tan.
Similar but with sleeves at Weekday.
Weekday crop wide leg jumpsuit £65
Full length and fabulous at Me+Em. And I love the styling here with sneakers. But would look just as great for an occasion with heels or with flats if you're super tall (although having tried their jumpsuits on in in the past, they can come up long).
Knot Waist Jumpsuit Me+Em £98
Tailored leg now, also at Me+Em.
2 in 1 Cigarette Jumpsuit £98
Tailored again at Mango and I think this would look amazing - assuming you don't have the posture of Kevin the teenager as every single model on the Mango website seems to have... It says it has a cut out back. Not as scary as it sounds. It's not open open - a plain black bra could easily be worn with it and not really be seen. Or a bandeau bra - depending on the size of your appendages.
Cut out back jumpsuit from Mango £39.99
More black and I haven't yet broached the subject of Bardot tops but it's in the offing... yet in the meantime, there's always one of these. A sneak preview of my thoughts, but with some there's a hint of "I was born in the wagon of a travelling show..." (Cher - for those of you who aren't dyed in the wool fans like me) about them.
This one straddles the line for me - depending on what you team it with (and I'd probably swerve if you have long, dark, curly hair..).
Moon River Off Shoulder Ruffle Jumpsuit £75
Navy now at ASOS - this has to be a complete bargain with pocket detail £45
Now this is possibly too casual as the fabric is jersey. But that's not to say it couldn't be dressed up with a statement jacket and heels?
ASOS Minimal Jersey Jumpsuit in navy £40
Slightly more bold in the white. Ok so this clearly isn't wedding (unless you're the bride) or First Holy Communion (unless you're 8) appropriate, but for other occasions, it would be fabulous.
White Culotte Jumpsuit from Lavish Alice at Topshop £74
Then of course, there are print versions.
This I think is great and actually - it being a great stripe, I think you could easily wear this to work in the Summer months.
ASOS Stripe Jumpsuit in Natural Fabric £50
More stripes and venturing into colour now at River Island. I think this is gorgeous and really quite unusual, which is always good. Bra wise - yes slight issues but if you had a bandeau number (I was eyeing up the 14/15yr old fabulous moulded bras from New Look. Don't judge me. There has to be some advantage in having fried eggs as boobs). And it would look fabulous with glad sandals for during the day.
Beige stripe culotte jumpsuit from River Island £48
But the two that are proper show stoppers are from Whistles. Amazing silk numbers. I would happily wear these during the day with flast sandals. They're simply amazing.
Whistles Lilias Jungle Jumpsuit £230
And the Wild Floral Version £230 also from Whistles
So I'm sold on these. I have high hopes - they're the perfect every day throw on for Summer days and are perfect for when you want to get some leg out but not lots of leg. I urge you all to try them - anyone else a fan?
Finishing with outfit from today. Well. We got soaked. Had meticulously studied the weather for the week as my children were all desperate to do Go Ape. Today was the only day of no rain.
Yeah right. We were gifted rain AND hail. For the entire hour that we were there. And for the next half hour afterwards when we were having coffee and cake trying to warm up.... (and had to leave poor poor Ginny outside as dogs weren't allowed into the cafe. Although outside was under shelter and the two boys and my friend's daughter did sit with her. We considered joining them for all of about two seconds and retreated to the cafe indoors).
On the way back to the car - obviously the sun came out.
Stone (although I really would say it's blush) hooded cardigan - Me+Em
Nessa cardigan in pink - hush
Straight leg distressed jeans - Zara
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Haworth bag - Village England
Tomorrow - well, dog walk in the morning and then I'm thinking a duvet day may be on the cards... My boys are desperate for a Harry Potter marathon and we've been full on out and about for six days in a row now and frankly, I'm exhausted. And need to catch up on the washing. Oh. The. Glamour.... Which I may do wearing my new jumpsuit, just because I can...