The jumpsuit – a fashion trend that’s here to stay

The first jumpsuit was designed in 1919 by Florentine Thayat. Called a TuTa it was a futuristic and liberating outfit which later became popular with skydivers, parachutists, and aviators – and, of course, Elvis.

Like the kaftan, jumpsuits are hugely popular with women because they make you stand out in a way that is entirely effortless.  You can simply throw them on and go. Choose from vintage, spaghetti straps, tailored versions or casual shirtdress styles – there’s bound to be at least one that suits you. If it fits you properly, a full length jumpsuit can make you look several inches taller and a little bit slimmer than you actually are. The continuous silhouette created by a single colour lengthens the body, and creates a flattering profile. No matter what your body shape, height, or age, you will find one that is perfect for you.

Here are some useful tips when choosing a jumpsuit:

CURVY Ankle-length, solid coloured jumpsuits look best.
SHORT AND CURVY  try a culotte leg which looks similar to an A-line dress.
SHORTER WOMEN choose a jumpsuit with a high, very defined waist – it will make your legs look longer.
NO WAIST A jumpsuit with a wider leg, will help your waist look slimmer.
TALLER WOMEN Try sweeping, floor-length or midi, wide legged pieces for feminine grace.
BOYISH ATHLETIC FIGURES Pinafore styles work well layered over a contrasting top

Women who have shapely arms should go bare with halter top or sleeveless. Long sleeved jumpsuits look elegant and classy, and can also hide some less-than-perfect features. You can wear a sleeved t shirt underneath a strappy version for a casual daytime look.

The first question that we all ask when considering whether to buy this one piece wonder is how will I go to the loo in it? The plain truth is that it isn’t easy and you need to be careful not to dangle parts of your jumpsuit down the pan! In fact you may find yourself sitting on the loo practically naked, but hey look on the positive side – the jumpsuit has so many benefits that a little inconvenience is worth it! Opt for a jumpsuit that can be slipped off the shoulders, doesn’t have too many  zips and buttons and, if you have non-flexible shoulders, look for one with a front or side closure. Stretchy fabrics that you can just slip up and down also help.

An ill-fitting jumpsuit can highlight unsightly bulges or, even worse, be too tight in the nether regions. So select one that drapes your figure, rather than hugs it. Loose fit jumpsuits that feature an elasticated or drawstring waist tend to be universally flattering. Choose one in a fabric such as cotton or a soft knitted jersey because they tend to be best at enhancing your silhouette.

Keep accessories to a minimum – let the jumpsuit do the talking. However, even if your chosen jumpsuit is already fitted at the waist, a belt will help you appear slimmer and turn a column silhouette into an hourglass. Try a belt in a contrasting colour to that of your jumpsuit – it will add a new dimension and break up the straight line of your outfit. Matching the colour of your belt with your shoes will ensure a well put-together look. Heels look great, but then again so do flats – whatever you are most comfortable in. Pop on a tailored jacket over your jumpsuit for a classic sharp look.