Playsuits and jumpsuits…they’re such a strange concept, don’t you think? I mean, it’s a bit like wearing a matching top and shorts or trousers. You’d just never do it unless you were going to bed would you? But somehow, if you attach that top to the shorts/trousers to create a playsuit/jumpsuit, suddenly it works.
I personally have only ever worn playsuits, usually whilst on holiday or if it’s really hot in this country. But I’ve been wondering recently if I should branch out to jumpsuits, and whether they would suit me.
The Case For Playsuits
Over in the red corner, the playsuit. What I love about them is the fact that they make for easy dressing of a morning (a prerequisite if you have a newborn and a nursery run). You don’t need to worry about whether your top half matches your bottom half, just throw one on with a denim jacket and tan sandals and you instantly look effortlessly polished. (Or so I tell myself). It’s all the prettiness of a dress, but with the added bonus of being practical, even on the windiest of days.
I could wax lyrical about the tie-front playsuit from Oasis in the header image above. I bought last summer’s version in a similar print but since having my little boy have been unable to squeeze into it, so I’m going to treat myself to this one in the next size up. Its slightly flared sleeves and hemline make it flattering on your arms and thighs, it cinches in your waist, and it has the cutest cut out detail at the back, but it’s not so revealing that a backless bra is required.
The Case For Jumpsuits
And over in the blue corner, the jumpsuit. Due to the extra coverage, I see the jumpsuit as the playsuit’s chic and stylish older sister and probably more suitable for cocktails with the girls than nursery run with the babbas. If I do take the plunge I will probably go for something strapless or tapered (or both), and although I love the Riviera-style-swishiness of the wide leg jumpsuits that are all over the shops at the moment, I think I will be leaving these to the more slender ladies amongst us.
Whatever your preference, there’s no escaping the fact that you have to pretty much get naked to go for a wee whilst donning either option. This isn’t fun if you’re at a festival in a portaloo. Or just in a pub toilet for that matter. The fear of someone barging in on you is real. The price we pay to look good, eh?!