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Why jumpsuits are a wardrobe staple

From the Seventies to today, it's the wonder garment that keeps bouncing back


After brief fashion moments in the Seventies, Eighties and 1990s, jumpsuits reappeared on the runaway a decade ago and since 2012 they’ve been “in” and “out” so often they’re the sartorial equivalent of the Hokey Cokey.

Now, they’re not just back in the fashion spotlight, but have transitioned to “wardrobe staple” — seen everywhere from Ascot to the school run, and often with their own category on fashion websites.

This is mainly this is because women in the 21st century refuse to discard a garment they love and they love jumpsuits because they’re endlessly wearable: a neck-to -ankle garnent is slenderising; you don’t have to think about matching top and bottom halves; and they’re incredibly versatile (easily dressed up with jewels, glam shoes and a bijoux bag, or down with sneakers and a belt-bag).

Also, it didn’t hurt when Queen Camilla, who turns 76 on Monday, rocked an Anna Valentine cobalt-blue silk jumpsuit at May’s post-Coronation party, demonstrating how ageless the garment is.

This season’s jumpsuits are available in many cuts, fabrics, colours — including pink for channelling your inner Barbie — and at all price-points, many now reduced.

Find them with a casual vibe for off-duty and holidays at many brands including Diane von Furstenberg, The Reformation, Cos, Monsoon, Zara and M&S.

Find them in luxe fabrics for Occasions at Rixo, Me + Em, Net-a-Porter, Matches, etc, and more affordably at Reiss, Ted Baker and across the high street.

Oh, and when buying, consider the fastening— a back-zip could require a loo buddy!

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