Fashion: One look suits all

Wide leg jumpsuit, �18, new in at George at Asda.
Wide leg jumpsuit, �18, new in at George at Asda.
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Jumpsuits, all-in-ones ... call them what you like but, says Stephanie Smith, put them on your summer list.

Just a fad, a blip, a flash in the fashion pan – that’s what many have said about jumpsuits and all-in-ones.

But no – they have been top of the trends for a good few seasons now, and they show no sign of going anywhere soon.

In fact, they have gone pan-trend, transcending seasonal fashion themes so that they can make their impact on all of them. Denim jumpsuit? Check. Floral jumpsuit? Check. Lace jumpsuit? Violet jumpsuit? Check and check. Haute hippy style all-in-one with bells, beads and feathers? Triple check. You get the picture.

In any case, the major hit that we are calling the Seventies trend ensures that jumpsuits and all-in-ones are much in demand, from figure-hugging zip-front fit-and-flares through to printed, gorgeously wafting kaftan-esque styles that bring an upmarket bohemian feel to the fashion table.

And what’s not to love about a jumpsuit? I’ve got one from Mint Velvet, a black, smart boiler-suit style with gold zips. It’s surprisingly versatile. Sometimes I wear it zipped to the neck and teamed with high ankle boots, and sometimes zipped open with a colour-pop vest under, depending on whether I’m going for the security guard or plumber look.

You can’t go wrong with a loose-fitting jumpsuit in a silky-soft, laundered fabric with drawstring waist, sleeves or sleeveless, in black, grey or khaki – that’s your basic.

But then for summer, what about a wide-leg floaty floral print jumpsuit? Although do be careful walking downstairs in any floaty wide-leg trousers, as many’s the time that I have become entangled in ankle-flapping fabric.

As an alternative to a maxi dress for special occasions, look for beautiful drapy jersey and silky wide-leg jumpsuits in navy and jewel-bright tones. Or, if you want to cut a neat but statement-like figure, try a fitted and tailored jumpsuit, with slim legs and even, possibly, a strapless top. It’s been a look on the red carpet this year, although with varying degrees of success.

Strapless printed all-in-ones are a handy idea on holiday, though. Think beach to bar.