Jumpsuits have been around for decades. In the 1970s, jumpsuits were regularly busted out on the dance floor and may or may not have been worn by John Travolta.
My love of the one-piece goes back many years to the 1980s when I spent days in my crib (an actual crib, not an MTV style crib complete with eight hot tubs and a rooftop pool) in my soft cotton baby romper. Fast-forward thirty years and I’m still obsessed with the onesie. Should a grown woman really be seen wearing what is essentially a top with attached legs? The answer is a resounding, why the hell not?
Why the allure of the one-piece wonder? Despite having a love of clothing since an early age, my love of sleeping in every morning meant getting ready as quickly as possible was sometimes more important than making complicated sartorial choices.
My desire to have minimal waist strain naturally steered me to the comfortable dress and the jumpsuit. Neither of them make me feel uncomfortable after eating a round of dumplings and a hearty bowl of ramen and I can just throw it on, add a few accessories and run out the door. If I had decided to wear a belt that day, it’s easily removed and placed in my handbag for the ride home.
Up to now, you’re probably picturing a complete blob of a person who likes to shuffle around town wearing a shapeless sack (accessorized with a skinny belt) or a leopard print stretchy jumpsuit with a crazed look in her eye. Neither of these could be further from the truth – I am in fact a normal person who just happens to love the ease of a romper.
Luckily, there are a myriad of options out there, both designer and high street, that can satisfy that jumpsuit craving. Ignore fashion editor advice to pair with heels only – you can totally work the look wearing flats or even trainers. At Glastonbury this year, the jumpsuit even looked great with a pair of knee high rubber wellies – although it’s a poor festival choice that you might curse yourself for when using the toilet facilities.
The humble jumpsuit now comes in every incarnation from stretchy animal print, dressy black, ditsy floral print to what even can pass off as a culottes. How very 18th century. Alexa Chung has even been spotted around London wearing denim dungarees – a level I have not stooped to because to me, stiff denim is so not comfortable.
I have to admit that one of the best things about wearing a jumpsuit, once you find the right one that suits you, is that it will feel like you’re bouncing around town in your pajamas all day. A major bonus is that those of us who don’t love to bare out legs all summer long now have an alternative to the maxi skirt or the full length black scuba suit. Even better than this season’s printed silky trousers, the jumpsuit means you never have to pick out another top to wear again and snuggle deeper into your duvet for another 20 minutes of blissful sleep tomorrow morning.