Thursday 25 December 2014

Who wears the trousers?

Claire O'Mahony

Published 12/02/2013 | 10:01

Sarah Jessica Parker's Elie Saab jumpsuit divided opinion
The presenter looked stunning at the BAFTAs
Beyonce was chic in monochrome at the Grammy Awards
Cary Mulligan usually favours pretty dresses for red carpet events
Jennifer Lawrence chose a Stella McCartney jumpsuit for her appearance at a film festival
Stella McCartney favours jumpsuits, both to wear and design
Jennifer Lopez's Vivienne Westwood jumpsuit was too baggy
Morena Baccarin's Donna Karan number was somewhat frumpy

It can’t have escaped your notice that jumpsuits are having a red carpet moment right now.

Over the weekend, four of the most commented on outfits were all jumpsuits, namely Beyonce and Carey Mulligan at the Grammys and Sarah Jessica Parker and Laura Whitmore at the Grammys.

Sarah Jessica’s certainly divided opinion with some commentators deeming it sleek, while others thought it was dull.

There was certainly no question as to whose jumpsuit as the sexiest. Laura Whitmore vamped it up Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2012 Couture keyhole jumpsuit, complete with golden wave and red lipstick.

Beyonce meanwhile bounced back from her Superbowl Rubin Singer leather monstrosity and looked chic in monochrome, while Carey Mulligan departed from her usually softly feminine style and went for an androgynous black jumpsuit that really suited her petite frame.

Of course Stella McCartney has been on the jumpsuit trend for aeons, both personally and with her designs.  Actress de jour Jennifer Lawrence wore a stunning midnight blue satin Stella jumpsuit to the Santa Barbara film festival this month.

While jumpsuits can certainly give gowns a run for their money in terms of elegance and glamour on the red carpet, they’re easy to get very wrong too.

Jennifer Lopez wore a misguided red Vivienne Westwood number that was more boiler suit than jumpsuit last month and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin was curiously frumpy in a white, Donna Karan Atelier one-piece at the People’s Choice Award this year.

Can you try this look at home? Sadly, not everybody’s body shape is best-suited to a jumpsuit – long legs really help the cause – so this is a purchasing situation where ‘try before you’ is a must.

Perhaps you might also like to consider jumpsuits inclusion on the excellent  fashion blog, The Man Repeller. Man-repelling here is defined as:  "outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs."

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