...when an item of clothing that you've always rather liked, turns out to be the PERFECT solution to a problem.
Boiling hot weather. But the need to be vaguely smart. Not even smart per se but a lot of flesh isn't going to cut it. Neither is anything that you could wear to the beach (slightly transparent kaftan that admittedly covers a multitude of sins - you're out).
Take a day trip to London for example. Shopping with the 11yr old for back to school goodies. A combination of congratulations in getting into your new school (vile exam to take which we haven't really celebrated) and good luck for life at secondary. Yes you would think she were off to university or the French Foreign Legion the way I'm carrying on, when she will in fact merely be at school for an hour longer. Ten miles away.
But anyway - a beach dress in central London is just... no. As warm as it is (and 32 degrees is probably as hot as it gets here) the big department stores are all air conditioned to goose bump levels so more fabric is required. However it must be loose but not too revealing, it must be easy to wear, hell it must be a jumpsuit.
This is the one that I wore - only available now in a few styles but Finery London has some amazing other options. Along with Warehouse (some more below) they definitely share the jumpsuit throne this season.
Milford D Ring Pinafore Jumpsuit from Finery London £79 And I was asked by four different people where it was from as it was so lovely.
Classic navy version in the Thurlow Tailored Jumpsuit from Finery London £85
Super easy to wear now and in a flattering shade of purply, bluey indigoey iris...?? Which reminds me, I used to have an Acne dress this colour that I haven't seen for eons. I fear it's languishing at the bottom of a laundry bin somewhere. OMG the shame. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this? Or maybe in the "summer" drawer along with all the shorts that haven't seen the light of day this season.
Apsley Utility Jumpsuit from Finery London £75
Moving onto some others now and to prove their versatility, how you can layer into the Autumn. Or if a bra is an issue...
ASOS Jumpsuit with pleated culotte and cross back detail £45
However if we're looking for jumpsuit gold, we have (as I mentioned above) struck paydirt at Warehouse. They have a new website (which I obviously need to explore more on another occasion, fingers crossed it's quicker than the old one) which is definitely worth a peruse.
Utility drawstring jumpsuit £45 - a perfect example of how easy they are to dress up and dress down. As in this is dress down...!
ASOS Kimono jumpsuit £50
Or in navy....
Selected Joey Wide Leg Jumpsuit £70
I have to say, were I to have discovered these earlier in the season, or were I to have a special occasion in the next couple of months (although I am off to Florida in October and this could rock then...hmmm) this would be amazing. For next year even. Print. Print jumpsuits.
This is definitely my favourite and yes, Finery again.
Lumley Aztec Leopard Frill Wrap Jumpsuit £79
And finally one that's more casual but a bargain nonetheless.
Wide leg floral print jumpsuit from La Redoute was £26 now £18.20 with the code BANKHOL
So jumpsuits as the easy, no brainer, end of Summer option. Yay or nay? A definite yay from me and here I am in mine (and seriously seriously pondering the Finery one above).
Jumpsuit - Finery London
Sandals - & Other Stories
Red Soho Disco Bag - Gucci
Hat - H&M
So will bring you other outfits from the last couple of days hopefully tomorrow, if not over the weekend. We are away for another week to Suffolk and to say I am excited, is an understatement. Although I haven't remotely packed... that's something to do in the morning when I've checked the weather for the gazillionth time...