Monday 26 September 2016

Jump to it - Darren Kennedy on jumpsuits

Day-to-night dressing couldn't be simpler with these on-trend jumpsuits

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

Balenciaga Cruise SS16
Balenciaga Cruise SS16
Plisse cropped jumpsuit, €20, Penneys
MSGM floral top jumpsuit, €590, brownsfashion.com
Halter-neck floral jumpsuit, €49.95, Zara
Red carpet masterclass: Cate Blanchett

Once the ultimate utilitarian uniform, the jumpsuit has come a long way in the fashion world and is on track to be the wardrobe staple of every stylish woman for summer 2016.

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The jumpsuit trend was one of the biggest on the resort catwalks spotted at Stella McCartney, Topshop Unique, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Balenciaga and Marchesa, to name but a few. Clean lines and neutral colours proved to be the order of the day and a favourite among many designers.

Statement-making jumpsuits appeared at Marchesa who presented intricate lace and floral pieces that were hard not to fall in love with. Over at Missoni, plunge-neckline jumpsuits in this season's multicoloured and multi-directional stripes proved popular.

A jumpsuit doesn't only offer easy one-piece dressing for day but also a chic option for eveningwear. For the most versatile styles for day-to-evening dressing, look out for pieces cut long and sleek with a halter or V-neck. For high summer, it's all about cropped styles worn with the season's sassiest sandals.

Celeb inspiration

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Once again Cate Blanchett gives a masterclass in walking the red carpet with pure style, poise and an innate ability to grab attention. She stepped out in Tokyo wearing this black, white and ochre knit fishtail dress that showed off her slender figure. The bold geometric Louis Vuitton dress is quite a departure from her usual demure style but she manages to pull of the futuristic bodice design with multi-texture panels with aplomb.

Top tip

One of the most misunderstood pieces of clothing, when done right, the jumpsuit can be the ultimate piece in slouchy wear, or the ultimate in sophistication. It’s all about the silhouette — for one that’s cut loose, simply cinch at the waist with a belt and wear a heel for a stylish illusion.

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