I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with jumpsuits. I can’t decide whether it’s because I’m a child of the Seventies and I’m still lamenting the loss of my Charlie’s Angel dungarees or whether it’s the easiest way to get dressed ever – throw it on, accessorise, add some shoes and walk out the door.
I also appear to have one to suit all occasions:
- Navy pinstripe one for work
- Black tailored strapless one for black tie events (throw on a tuxedo jacket and heels – effortless yet edgy elegance)
- Wide leg chartreuse number for weddings / garden parties
- Black jersey one for “emergency, I don’t know what to wear to that party” panic buy avoidance
- Denim dungarees for lazy summer days
As I student in the Nineties I opted for playsuits and chunky boots – favouring ditsy prints, crushed velvet or distressed denim. It was just so much easier than wearing dresses – and when you grew up in the windy wilds of Scotland, at least a playsuit kept your dignity intact on particularly breezy days.
I admit that jumpsuits are not for everyone, they can involve some snazzy yoga moves to get in and out of them (sometimes with a bit of jumping to release yourself completely), underwear choices are critical, and you often have to plan bathroom breaks well in advance.
But, I still find myself yearning for more…
And I’m not alone, the fabulous people at StyleMeTraining show how it can work for you.
Self-expression is an important part of who I am. Just because I have a responsible job in the business world does not mean that I have to dress in a corporate uniform.
I carefully choose clothes that are smart (they have to be) but which are also quintessentially me. I do wear suits occasionally, but I usually compensate the severity of the suit with a flamboyant scarf and killer heels. And with messy, plenty of volume hair. That’s how people usually remember me – either for my hair or my shoes, often both.
And that’s ok, I don’t want to blend into the crowd. I like to look different, I like to be colourful in a grey world.
I encourage everyone I work with to be themselves, just because we have to be smart on a client site, doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on who you are. Be yourself, be authentic, be memorable.
These beauties from Boden – http://www.boden.co.uk/en-GB/Womens-Shoes-Boots/Wedges/AR577-TAN/Womens-Tan-Colourblock-Wedges.html – are seeing me safely through the summer. I can’t express how comfortable they are, they have a slightly cushioned in sole which make them feel more like trainers than anything else. I have two pairs of these in different colours and they’ve barely been off my feet. What’s not to like? They give me some much needed height – but aren’t too high that walking downhill becomes precarious.
If I had to pick a style of shoe that would be my all time favourite – it would be wedges. I have a few pairs of 5 inchers – they look beautiful on, but I do need to be on the straight and narrow when I’m wearing them. It’s the dip at the front of the platform that’s pretty vertiginous when you’re going downhill – and don’t even try to take on a significant camber, at least without clinging onto a lamp-post on your merry way round the bend.