Saturday 10 December 2016

Jumpsuits: Bairbre Power jumps for joy

It's hard to get jumpsuits right, says Fashion Editor Bairbre Power, the key is cut, fabric and the right accessories

Published 28/05/2011 | 05:00

Jumpsuit,
€80, sandals, €75,
necklace, €35,M&S
Jumpsuit, €80, sandals, €75, necklace, €35,M&S
Blue silk 'Jerry' jumpsuit, €116, Reiss
Purple jumpsuit, €90, Warehouse
Strapless navy butterfly jumpsuit, €110, Monsoon
Black 'Closet' jumpsuit, €49.95, Pamela Scott
Angel ribbon jumpsuit, €58.49, Simplybe.ie
Strapless jumpsuit, €40; hat, €19; bangles, €14, Next
Black asymmetric jumpsuit, €119, Monsoon
South petite Cupro jumpsuit, €79, littlewoods.ie
Leopard-print asymmetric jumpsuit, €37.50, flower-wrap sandals, €12, both Heatons

I was taken by surprise when Germany's Eurovision entry Lena launched into her song, 'Taken by a Stranger'.

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Hey, whatever about her chances of winning the Eurovision two years in a row, she certainly got my vote for her fabulous jumpsuit. It was shapely and didn't make her look like she was trussed up in a babygrow, with a big belt holding her in.

The jumpsuit is back in vogue this year but, a bit like its little sister the ubiquitous playsuit, girls are sceptical about the all-purpose one-piece. Jumpsuits have the potential to turn style queens into fashion victims in one easy step.

Let's face it, jumpsuits are supremely handy. One piece of clothing and you're ready to go, no faffing around looking for matching anything or missing layers. Just step in and walk.

But there's always the concern about what they can do to your figure. Never mind trousers giving you a big bum, a dodgy jumpsuit can make your derrière look like it stretches all the way down to your knees. Worse still is the nappy effect on draped, harem-style ones.

Worn too close to terra firma, jumpsuits can look hideously frumpy, so heels or a wedge are a must.

Team with flip flops or flats if you have a wonderful, well-placed ass.

Cynics denounce certain slim styles for looking too utilitarian, like you're from health and safety on the way to a toxic accident. But, park those reservations. Put in the hands of Marni this season, they looked fabulously feminine, especially worn off the shoulder.

The more juvenile-looking, Andy Pandy-styles are too baggy and need serious definition.

Warehouse, however, has an ever-so-cute version with a roll collar but your biggest must-have accessory is a belt -- whether a small, metallic one to add definition and establish the bona fides of your waistline or a good thick one, to really cinch you in.

A strapless jumpsuit is ideal for soaking up the rays, especially if you are travelling in a convertible and for that I recommend the Monsoon one seen here (€110), or the denim version from Next, €40.

For a casual lunch with the girls, the Cupro (peach feel) one from South At Littlewoods is a great buy for €79.

Flick through any glossy magazine and you will see photos of the 1970s jumpsuited beauties from Studio 54.

I fell passionately in love with the brilliantly priced M&S one last year (see page 28) which looks like it was found in Bianca Jagger's wardrobe.

Swinging around the stores, I found a bewildering assortment with bargain pleasers, such as the dressy black 'Closet' (€49.95) from Pamela Scott and the brilliant blue one from Next, €48.

The 'Jerry' one from Reiss is just perfect for travelling this summer. Ideal for flights when you just want to curl up in your seat and go to sleep. Animal-print fiends should find the sheer, one-shouldered one from Heatons a good bargain at €37.50.

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