To the great frustration of pretty much everyone else here at FF, I spent a lot of the past few weeks musing about the pros and cons of jumpsuits. As I did most of this musing aloud, those around me have chimed in with their apparently strong positions on the subject, and it has caused a rift in the usually warm and fuzzy FF environment.
One side believes that jumpsuits are evil - the devil's pantsuit - always. Forever. No exceptions. And there is plenty of evidence to make that case...
The other side argues that the right jumpsuit, worn the right way, by the right person, is a gutsy fashion manoeuvre, capable of reaping huge fashion props for the wearer. I will confess that I fall into this second camp, based on the following:
So what's the difference? Why does one look like coveralls and another look cool? One looks like the dregs of disco, while another looks smart and sexy?
After long hours spent examining the offenders, I think I've figured it out.
The key to a good jumpsuit is the proof of a waist. Through tailoring or a funky belt, there has to be some shape under that shift, or you end up looking like a house painter:
Final Vindication: The S/S09 shows are almost over and it's looking like a real jumpsuit season. Now that we know how to wear one, I say have at it. Besides, who doesn't love an outfit that's a one-stop-shop?
Posted by SAM