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If you swore that you’d never, ever wear a jumpsuit, it may be time to eat your words. Fashionistas have been flirting with jumpsuits for a few seasons now but SS09 catwalks were awash with jumpsuits in every form imaginable. So it may be time to indulge and honestly jumpsuits are a lot less scary than people think! They are everything fashion should be: flattering, easy to wear, sexy and cool.

First conceived as one-piece work wear item-the Lee Union-All in 1913, the jumpsuit remains one of the most versatile fashion silhouettes. Since the 1960s, the jumpsuit has made occasional appearances in common and high fashion (especially in the 1980s), but has never really been a common item of everyday wear. Until now!

Jumpsuits have often been used as stage costumes by various singers and bands: Elvis, Goldfrapp, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, have all performed in flamboyantly designed jumpsuit-like garments.

While much of the collections showed sleek, tailored looks the jumpsuit provided refreshing relief from what I’m calling recession dressing (serious, employable, sensible). While it’s fabulous too and serves a purpose-sometimes you just need to throw on a party “piece” and hit the dance floor running. Even the Queen of the Dress, Diane von Furstenberg, sent an all-in-one down her runway. A sure sign that the JS gets the seal of approval..

Check out the tips below for rocking the JS! Also I’ve picked my favourites from the SS09 collections. My absolute favourite being the TIBI one, possible something to do with the slick blue blazer over it but model of the moment Agnes Deyn in Michael Kors looks pretty cute too.

Also check out Halston’s mauve version and the Topshop lookalike for a snip of the price. Well in this “current economic climate” I must recommend high-street all the way!

Tips for wearing a JS

  • Fit is everything! You don’t have to pour yourself into the one-piece like Rihanna, (actually regardless of how perfect your body is, please don’t it’s just tacky) but a sleek look helps.
  • Check key fit points: waist, bum and bust. Bagging all over will kill the look. This is one look that may require the finishing touches of a tailor otherwise there is the risk of looking like a mechanic (nothing wrong with that just not very “Vogue”)
  • A jumpsuit makes a statement. No need to pile on the jewels or layer on the makeup with this look.
  • Jumpsuits give you a long, lean line. Add even more visual height with a heel (boots or stacked platform look best).
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