The Jumpsuit is Slowly Taking Over My Closet: Marina London & Manolo Blahnik

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The climate is perfectly fall-like here in Cambridge right now.  Although we are now in November (aaaand T minus 19 to my birthday hoorah!) the weather continues with a certain glowing, autumnal warmth.  It was practically t-shirt weather this afternoon.

I’ve featured different one-pieces on the site before, and I am now convinced, Blog Reader, that the jumpsuit is slowly, steadily, and stealthily taking over my wardrobe. Whilst I’ve found it quite easy to locate casual jumpsuits for daytime however, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find a perfect style for the evening, or one that can manage that crucial crossover from day-to-night wear.  Enter Marina London, and the Man Repeller jumpsuit.

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Named with a nod to the sartorial wit and intellect of blogger Leandra Medrine of manrepeller.comthis jumpsuit is created in beautiful navy sand-washed crepe de chine silk, has a distinct pillar like silhouette and fastens with a magnetic fastening at the shoulder seams.  What I like about this piece is how it becomes a beautiful alternative for fall / winter; I’ve styled it with a leather jacket and high-heeled boots, a smart long blazer and navy pumps, but most of all it looks amazing on its own.

And that is what the best thing about the jumpsuit is. It doesn’t need much accessorizing to make a statement. Simple, minimal dressing at its best.

Wearing: Jumpsuit from Marina London; clutch and coat, Reiss Fashion; heels: Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes (a special gift I received, thank you!)

Photos: Beth Morton Photography. MUA: Dani Rose.

Jumpsuit for Joy: Shona Joy

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ShonaJoy-jumpsuit4Certain fashion events, like Fashion Weeks, once required meticulous outfit planning. These days I go by the mantra less is more: Less layers to peel off when trying to squeeze into your seat. Less accessories to chink together at that awkward moment when the audience falls quiet and pauses for the show to begin. Less hassle for attracting street style photographers (though attendees who dress for that, and I am sure that some do, I salute you).

For last month’s Reykjavik Fashion Festival I wore my new Shona Joy Jumpsuit for the day of catwalk shows – her signature one-piece; bustier style with fitted bodice and wide leg pants.  Worn simply with my blush pink oversized coat, it was a perfect simple, non-fussy style solution, providing warmth and comfort in the Icelandic cold but making me feel tall (jumpsuits really do appear to elongate your torso) and elegant all day long.

I’ve featured one-pieces on my blog since the very beginning – from tailored to more relaxed styles.  I’m currently seeing some wonderful jumpsuits cropping up all over the high-street like this elegant wear-it-several-ways Gracie design from Whistles to the holiday-inspired Kailasa version from Ted Baker.

If you haven’t tried a one-piece yet, do give it a go!

With thanks to the team at RFF for my show tickets.

Wearing: Shona Joy Jumpsuit.

Photos: William Williams.

The French Connection

A perfect meeting of Europe and NYC: French Connection.  I have a deep affection for the British label French Connection.  They were my go to brand when I wanted to ‘treat’ myself at uni (usually with my student loan rather than my hard-earned wages from the bar but aaaanyway) and I’ve bought many pieces from them that have stayed with me for years and retained their quality.  This weekend my mind wandered to the issue of what to wear for events and shows during Fashion Week and with a desire to keep things simple and clean, I remembered this French Connection tailored jumpsuit, above*.

If the preview is anything to go by, I’m going to rediscover my love for French Connection all over again with their new spring collection.  The pieces are versatile and largely neutral in hue with a splash of print and citrus – peachy tones and Pantone‘s colour of the year, ‘tangerine’.  The usual shift and sheath dresses remain, something I see as a French Connection signature.  You see a hint of sports luxe which is a favourite trend of mine for the summer, with tailoring as well as bohemian skirts and dresses.

Above, left to right: Lost and Found Maxi; Ribbon Knits Dress; Nix and Nights Flared Dress; Izzy Jersey Top and Ergo Skinny Patchwork Jean.

My favourite piece from the spring preview is the dip dye maxi skirt:

Photo: The Real Style Network.

The Coletta Combat Trousers and Bric a Block top comes a close second:

Check out the entire spring preview here.

Back to my outfit, I have two questions.  Firstly, what is the difference between a catsuit and a jumpsuit, since I am never sure how to describe this one piece, and secondly with the fashion weeks approaching, if you attend, how do you dress for the occasion? xo

*accessorizing this will be the next issue, I can tell.

Photo credit: top, the fabulously talented Lydia Hudgens.