EVERYONE NEEDS - This Printed Jumpsuit
A well cut jumpsuit is a friend to all. As easy to wear as a summer dress, but without the potential hazards. It won't allow a gust of wind to whip it skywards, revealing your huge pants to the guys working in the garage opposite your house (yes, that happened). There's no chance of inner thigh chub rub, and when you're walking up steps to the upper deck of the bus you won't have to worry that people can see that you're three years overdue for a wax.
I remember when they first started appearing and I was 100% NO NO NO never. But I've since realised that when you get the right style and fabric base that they can be comfortable and flattering.
This printed jumpsuit from Mantaray at Debenhams is just brilliant and works on all sizes. The colour is great on every skin tone, with a deep indigo base with a white and coral highlights. But the main sell is the shape. The waist is softly elasticated, with a self fabric tie that covers it, there are pockets (hooray!), the leg width is wide but not too wide, and the neckline is flattering too. I'm 5'4 and the length is a little long for me with flats (in the photos I'm wearing a wedge), but I would just turn the hem with some wondaweb (so easy to use, no sewing involved). If you're taller than 5'8 these might start looking a little short BUT with the trend for cropped culottes I think it could still look great. Also if you look on the Debenhams website you can see the model hasn't drawn the waist tie in as much as me, so this allows for it to be longer. I think this is a great style too for those who have a different size on top to that on their bottom half, just take a few sizes in to the changing room and see what works the best.
The only negatives for me (and they are small ones) are the length of the hot pink tassel neckline tie (it needs to be much longer), and it could do with one more button and a longer front placket to make it a bit easier to get on and off. Getting undressed and dressed for the loo when you wear a jumpsuit is quite the ordeal. Team it with a toilet door with no lock and having to contort your body to get your arm in the armhole, and that could be quite the unwanted sight for a unsuspecting stranger. I also advise wearing non-lacey, high-waisted knickers with it as it doesn't have any pockets on the bum to disguise lumps and bumps.
For the shoot I wore this in a casual way with a denim jacket and some sandals but I think you could replace the fabric tie with a leather belt, wear it with heels and dress it up a bit too, as I've done on my size 8 illustration above. It's available now In Debenhams for a cool £39. The denim jacket I'm wearing is Mantaray too, also in sizes 8-26 and is £38.
I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created the above artwork with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink. I did a callout on Twitter for people who are a UK size 8, 14 and 20 to let me illustrate them as models on my blog and I got a great reaction! The size 8 is based on @ee_kuh, the size 20 @NicoleBurstein and the size 14 is my very own Mum.
I'd love to hear what you think, please leave a comment below.