With festive party season getting well underway, I thought you might appreciate a little fashion tip-off. This is the Belgrave Jumpsuit from Boden and I have been absolutely showered with compliments every time I’ve worn it. Saying that makes me cringe a bit, but it’s true; never has an outfit I’ve worn received quite so many comments. Which, for something so comfy and wearable, makes it a party wardrobe no-brainer.
I’ve been wary of jumpsuits for my entire adult life; when I was nine I had a terrible experience involving my dungarees and an urgent wee. I simply couldn’t get the straps undone no matter how desperately I fumbled with them and so the wee happened dans les dungers. (Sorry Boden, I realise this probably isn’t the most on-brand editorial you’ve had associated with one of your key seasonal pieces!)
Jumpsuits and dungarees are much of a muchness, in my opinion, when it comes to accessibility; both need the top half to be removed before the bottom half can be removed, which means that if you need to use the bathroom you are virtually naked once you are settled on the WC. That doesn’t sit comfortably with me, especially in a public place – who knows who might come crashing through the door? What if you fell asleep on the pot and the police had to come and wake you? What if you drunkenly fell from the throne and knocked your head on the sanitary bin (do NOT wear jumpsuits or dungarees and drink excessively) and when you came to you found a paramedic team surrounding you in the toilet, your jumpsuit around your ankles, the rest of you laid bare?
If I haven’t just put you off jumpsuits for life then hear this: the Belgrave is an absolute winner. More than a few people have asked me whether it’s Temperley, three have bought it online whilst standing right in front of me, many more have come forward to tentatively finger the fabric or enquire about its washing instructions. (Bottoms are viscose and silk, top part is polyester, it’s dry clean only.)
The thing about this jumpsuit is, apart from the fact that it’s supremely comfy (there’s not a tight, restrictive part on it), is that it’s amazingly glamorous and striking with absolutely zero effort needed. The print’s so loud that you can’t very well load on accessories and the shape is so stunning, with its wide-leg silky trousers and body-skimming bodice, that you can’t fail to look like an Amazonian goddess*.
*Obviously this is somewhat height-dependent. I always feel like an Amazonian goddess when I wear long trousers because I am forced to wear high heels. If you went for a shorter length and donned trainers, the effect might not be the same. I would highly recommend heels and a showstopping entrance with this, though – it’s too fine to wear with Stan Smiths and a leather jacket. At least for the first few wears.
So: comfy, show-stopping, expensive-looking (it’s not cheap, but I think it looks a lot dearer than it is), this is the jumpsuit that mixes retro flamboyance with boho chic. It’s like Studio 54 meets Glastonbury. It’s loud but elegant. Easy yet polished. I adore it.
This post was supposed to go up next week but as I was editing I noticed that Boden have a flash 30% off*. I am hoping that when this post hits the email subscriber boxes the code is still running but apologies if not. To get 30% off site-wide you need to use the code L8N4 at the checkout.
The Belgrave Jumpsuit is £198 (minus 30%, hopefully!) here*.
Please note that I first featured this jumpsuit as part of a paid-for video collaboration with Boden last month – this post is not part of that collaboration, but you can watch the makeup video here if you’d like to see how I wore it!