These days I have a hell of a lot of love for a good jumpsuit. I was wary of them initially, especially after having rather uncomfortable experiences with some that were, in hindsight, much much too short in the body for me. My faith was restored somewhat when I found this sparkly Simply Be beauty last year, and ever since I’ve resolved to try out more styles.
When Pink Clove got in touch and asked me to choose some items for them to send over, it turned out they had so many lovely jumpsuits to pick from. This lace sleeved, bardot number* leapt out at me as soon as I saw it!
Right away I knew I wanted to style the jumpsuit with my favourite blue trench. I’ve gotten so much mileage out of it so far this winter; it’s ridiculously easy to wear and it’s a perfect weight for layering with. I always roll up my sleeves on coats and jackets, a styling tip 100% picked up from my seeing my Mum ready to go out in the late 80’s and 90’s; rolling the sleeves of the trench up means the lace of the jumpsuit underneath peeks through and I love that effect. I also love how it ties in with the mesh socks I’m wearing.
A big wide belt looks great worn over a light weight duster or trench, and it’s something I’ve been seeing on the latest fashion week street style pictures so I thought I’d give it a go… but with a bit of plus size flair (of course). And from a purely practical point of view, a wide or elasticated waist belt like this keeps your outer layer fixed in place like nothing else!
On to the jumpsuit itself; one of my favourite things about it are these lace sleeves, plus I’m a huge fan of the bardot neckline. I feel like the neckline really helps to balance out the long sleeves, breaking up the expanse of black.
I am wearing a UK20 here and it fits well, the body of the jumpsuit is comfortably long enough, the bardot neckline giving that little bit of extra flexibility so you can wear it lower on the shoulders if needed. The legs cut off just above the ankle on me so I have turned them up once (as I would usually do with trousers or jeans anyway) to make the ankle grazer effect more pronounced.
Overall, this is a look I’ll be coming back to as we move into spring. It’s very comfortable to wear and I feel like it has a fierceness about it that has maybe been a little lacking from my outfit posts for a while. In place of the waist belt I’d have loved to have worn a black corset style belt. I’m holding out hope for one being available in plus sizes soon; ASOS Curve are coming closest to this at the moment, especially with their waspie style belts, so I’ll be watching their ‘New In’ section like a hawk over the coming weeks.
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