I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely living my best life this summer. Weddings, the races, barbecues, rooftop drinks with the girls…you name it, I’m all over it. This heat wave we’ve been having really is the gift that keeps on giving and while all my plants may have died as a result, my wardrobe has never flourished more.

I’ve finally been able to utilise my summer wardrobe to the max, rather than most summers in the UK where I’ll be lucky if I can wear half of it at an occasion each. And while most of the items I’ve bought for summer 2018 seem to be either floral or striped midi dresses, I’ve come to realise that a jumpsuit is a good alternative to a dress.

A white jumpsuit, in particular, is easy, breezy and cool for the summer and I think it does the trick when it comes to going with almost everything in your wardrobe, quite like a little black dress would.

I was having this discussion with a friend the other day when she said she felt a bit nervous to buy jumpsuits because she was curvy and thought they made her bum look big, so I thought I’d share a few tips on buying the right jumpsuit if you’ve got boobs and a bum plus show you how you can style a jumpsuit casually, to work, on a holiday and to an evening out simply by changing up your jackets, shoes and accessories.

(1)  Pay attention to silhouette

Stay away from anything that looks a bit too bodycon, and opt instead for a style that has a v-neck, pleating at the waist and a cigarette leg for the most flattering fit. (Hint: The item description might contain the word ‘tailored’).

 However, I personally think the most form-flattering and dress-like silhouette is the culotte jumpsuit. Culottes are like wide-leg trousers, but shorter, and are having a HUGE moment right now. PS petite girls, take the plunge and buy the culotte jumpsuit. Trust me, it won’t overwhelm or drown you! You can always throw a pair of heels on if you need a little more height if the length feels awkward for you.

(2)  Steer clear of clingy fabrics

If you’re in a store and the fabric seems stretchy, avoid it. However, things can look deceptive online so make sure you read he fabric composition on the product description on the website before you click ‘Add To Cart’. If it reads ‘jersey’ or ‘lycra’, avoid it. Stretchy fabrics will cling to every curve and bulge – not a cute look.

(3)  How and where it opens is key

Anyone who has ever worn a jumpsuit before will tell you stories of being in a club bathroom and having to bear the embarrassment of asking a random stranger to zip and unzip them. However, we’re smart, independent women and should know better. Spare yourself the awkwardness and get one that unzips on the side or buttons up in the front so you can DIY and not have to get up-close-and-personal with a total stranger.

(4)  What size to buy

My general rule of thumb is that if it is a fitted or tailored style, to opt for one size larger, just so you have a bit more room to eat / breathe / live. However, if it is a culotte jumpsuit, to either pick your usual size or even go one size down, depending on how wide the leg is.

(5)  If you’re still a bit unsure…

Remember that you can always put some shapewear / spanx / on underneath it to hold you in a little more and have things look smooth and bump-free.

I was doing a little online window shopping and noticed that Warehouse* have some great styles, if you’re looking to invest in a great summer jumpsuit or holiday playsuit.

How do you feel about wearing a jumpsuit? Share your thoughts in the comments below or via social media. I’m @MascaraEverSat on Twitter or @MascaraEverySaturday on Instagram.

[PHOTOGRAPHY] Sophie Powell

OUTFIT DETAILS

Jumpsuit: Asos

Look One

Jacket: Mango, Belt: Primark, Shoes: New Look, Bag: Stradivarius (sold out)

Look Two

Kimono: Forever21 (sold out), Hat: H&M (similar here), Bag: Matalan (sold out), Shoes: Primark

Look Three

Look Three: Coat: Zara, Shoes: Asos (sold out), Belt: Marks & Spencer, Bag: Zara (similar here)

Look Four

Look Four: Jacket: eBay, Belt: Primark, Shoes: Topshop, Bag: Very

**This is a collaborative post. However, all opinions are entirely my own and I would never endorse brands / products I don’t genuinely believe in / wouldn’t buy or wear personally.

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