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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Jumping For Joy - My 6 Step Jumpsuit Testing


Hello, my dear readers.  Just thought I'd touch base with you to check in with my jump suit try on, whilst I busy myself making some sense of my many cruise pics.  It's a full report so get yourself a cup of tea!


You may recall me being lured recently by a certain little black jumpsuit here, the intention being to wear it on my cruise.

When it arrived, I excitedly put it through its paces, for a jumpsuit had not touched my skin in 30-odd years.  My previous one-and-only was what can loosely be described as a Sting-inspired blue boiler suit.  I think I felt closer to my idol each time I wore it.  So that was often, then!



What am I looking for in a jumpsuit in the teensies?
Well, here's my 6 step testing.


1.  Fabric-hang.  
I think the first port of call with a jumpsuit is that the fabric must be cool but heavy enough to hang well, smoothly sliding over the curves bumps.  
Tick.



2. Simplicity.   
It's line and colour/pattern must give me versatility.  This is black and a very simple cut, so a good vehicle to change mood with accessories.  It's the epitome of a blank canvas.
Tick.

I was a-feared it may sag at the waist and I go a-tumbling on a hem snag.   So here I added a plaited Peacocks belt; it blended with the gold trim and the jumpsuit itself.


And though it comes with its own adornment, it's not a permanent fixture.

Allow me to talk you through this gold trim. I don't want to be constrained by the one look the gold trim dictates.  I'd decided it needed DIY if it was a keeper.  
Well, the clever Roman Originals peeps had already done that for me; the trim is attached to lobster claws which fit discretely on ribbon hooks under the neckline folds.  Oh how I love that little touch!


3. All-season suitability.  
I added to the mix an evening version of my cardi staple, a little black jersey shrug.  It creates a nice line for chillier evenings.  I say evenings but I reckon with the right accessories I could wear it day-time too.
Tick.


I played around with a second belt.  Just look at my concentration!


This v. old (30 years?) black soft leather studded tie belt seemed to blend in better than the plaited belt.  Doesn't break the line.  What do you think?
And what did The Photographer think? Well, of course by this stage I was hearing his negative  "sack tied in the middle" grumblings, the worst fashion faux pas in his universe; I chose to ignore this.



But then, without fanfare to attract his attention triumphant gloating, I slipped it off.


4. Shapely line.
So, without a belt.  The elasticated waist (perfect for a gluttonous cruise!) is firm enough to hold up on its own and the suit looks sleeker this way, yet shapely. 
OK, you just may have been right this one time, TP!
Tick.


5. An accessory playground.
I played around with turquoise and silver jewellery. 
It would be a great vehicle for scarves, belts, cardis, overshirts and jackets.  Oh, my mind is a-whir with the playmates I can find for it!
Simply put, it's a black jumpsuit - it can play with any thing and any colour, including itself for a chic Left Bank look.
Heavens, I can see it accessorised with wellies, headscarf and corgis - it's fit for a queen on her Sandringham break!
So that's a big royal Tick!


6. Little room accessibility.
It's paramount that a jumpsuit passes this stage in the testing!
Well, after putting it through its clinical paces in the Pout Laboratory with a few ons-and-offs, I gave it the keeper rubber stamping.

So I wore it on my cruise for our posh night.  
The real test eventually arrived.  I needed "to go" in the casino.  Well, that was the perfect, albeit not typical, place to see how this baby performed.  The loo cubicle was generous in size.

 I managed to unzip with ease in that generous space, without a cry-out for sister's help. 
And you know, although my rolled-down jumpsuit didn't quite hit the floor tiles, I wouldn't have minded if it had, so clean and shiny were the facilities.
Re-zipping wasn't a biggie, even with the inflexibility of age, 
though the elegant fabric-covered button at the neckline was a tad laborious and tiresome without help.
And off, I went, back to the roulette table ... to watch!

So, despite irritating button work, that experience was as good as it can be for a jumpsuit, so accessibility too is a relieving Tick.


And that, my dears, is my black jumpsuit testing  - A Big Fat Jumpsuit Tick!

What do you think?


A la perchoine.






38 comments:

  1. It looks fabulous on you Mary! I like that you can change the necklace. I love the Roman brand, so easy to wear and non iron! Come link your post to the new linky! xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. So sweet, Laurie, thanks. The necklace feature is so neat and yes, nothing from the brand seems to need ironing 🙌. X.

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  2. I really like your black jumpsuit! It is a versatile, comfortable and elegant garment at a time. I really like how you match it with your necklaces, especially the turquoise. And I like the look without any belt, I think you look more elegant and beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, J-M, for your nice words and helpful views. I agree, when beltless the jumpsuit has a sleeker line. Hope you are doing well working out where you want to go with your blog, good luck. X.

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    2. I wish I could use your photos, sometime, in some post on my blog. Do you think it's OK? If you authorize me to do so, I will notify you every time I use them and always link to your blog. Greetings.

      My blog is about mature fashion, you can see it here:

      http://sensecorbata.blogspot.com.es/

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    3. Such a flattering request, J-M! I see that you haven't posted for a year, whilst you think of a new direction. When you start posting again and your blog is up and running, please let me know so that I can visit your blog then, see which direction you've gone in and deal with permission at that stage, when you are posting. OK?
      Hope this helps and good luck with your plans, have a nice day.

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    4. Okay. I'll let you know when I restart my posts. Thank you very much!

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    5. I'm really looking forward to seeing your new blog format. Your posts in previous years have been beautifully put together.
      Mature fashion is a brave new frontier and we can all learn a lot together!!

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  3. Hi Mary
    great to see you joining our link up!
    best Ashley x
    http://www.lazydaisyjones.com/

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    1. Hi Ashley,
      Best wishes for the success of your collab with the lovely Laurie, x.

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  4. Well, dear PP, as the younger set likes to say "OMG!!" Your jumpsuit is so lovely and looks very chic on you. Good call all around -I am a big fan of turquoise with lots of colors but black really classes up a simple stone necklace! I bet that you turned many heads in the casino that night and I feel that you should find many other fancy functions where you can wear this stunner. The "corgis" comment made me giggle- a bright spot in my busy day. Thanks for the whole jumpsuit critique, it was so much fun to read! Have a wonderful day on your lovely island-J.

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    1. Hi Jules, I'd say "gee, thanks hun" but is "gee" still used in the States? Am I showing my age? Again?
      Yes, the turquoise/black pairing is usually a guaranteed winner. And No, I don't think I turned any heads! But one does feel instantly dressed up with a simple black jumpsuit.
      So pleased to have entertained you, my day's work is now complete! You have a good day too, Jules, x.

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    2. Yes, "gee" is still used! I have been known to utter "Rats!" as a child of the 1960's Peanuts cartoons era-Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown,etc. and I get funny looks! You should see how people respond to "uffda" -they don't know the Midwestern American expressions(from my upbringing) out here in the Wild Wild West even though most of Arizona is Midwestern transplants to escape the nasty winters:) Funny world right? Have a super weekend PP !

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    3. Thanks for the update, Jules. I use "rats!" too but had no idea where it came from ... till today! Uffda has me flummoxed though.
      Bestest weekend to you, x.

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    4. Fear not friend PP, I will explain "Uffda". As I understand it and apply it conversation, it's along the lines of "Oy Vey!" or other expressions of exasperation like that. I have even seen Uffda on t-shirts and bumper stickers but that's probably an Iowa thing-the state where I grew up. The area was settled by many Scandinavian immigrants in the 1800's and some of those phrases continue on-which, to me, is a wonderful thing. That's all I know-feel free to flummox others with your new utterance!!! Maybe you can explain "Bob's your uncle" to me ? Super Saturday to you-J

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    5. Interesting, as always, Jules. You and I should start our own little etymology blog! Bearing in mind the Scandi influence in your home region, it may be the Iowan way of writing "ofte", but that just means "often" so it doesn't seem to fit in this context. Maybe it's not Scandi at all? I'd try using it but if feels a bit strange, wanting to use a word in exasperation but coming out with what I believe is "often"! Languages eh? Uffda!!
      Hugs and happy rest of weekend to you, x.

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  5. Oo la la! Great jumpsuit. Looks stunning (without the belt-isn't it great to have a husband who gives you an honest opinion?) I am going to get my black jumpsuit out and play around with it. I saw one blogger who paired it with a denim jacket, so I think I will try that for my denim jacket series. Good job, Pout. Thanks for the advice.
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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. Oh yes, a black jumpsuit will look fab with your denim jacket - fancy a collab?! Loving your denim series, your research and your tips. I struggle with my denim jacket, for all the reasons you've cited, so thanks, most helpful, Susan. x.

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  6. I have one and haven't worn it yet. Yours being black looks very versatile. Sensible choice and thank you for putting it through its paces for us. I better start putting mine through its paces now.

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    1. Hi A-M, looking forward to seeing yours, once it's been fully tested at Mutton Manor, of course! Hope it performs well. x.

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  7. Winner,winner!!!! You found the perfect jumpsuit! I know you're going to love wearing it for so many occasions!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Aw thanks so much, Mrs R. You know, I think you may just be right! X.

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  8. Wow, PP, what a find; you look stunning and very classy in it! My favourite is the original with the necklace that came with the suit and the braided belt but the silver necklace is a contender too!

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    1. Thanks, LD! I have lots of options, eh? I'm toying with basing a whole series around this baby! Hugs and happy weekend to you, x.

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  9. Bha ha ha, love the jumpsuit test!!!! For me, the little room accessible access would be the most important!! Yay, it passed because it and you in it, are beauties!!!

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    1. Oh thanks so much, Andrea, so sweet and funny too. It helps to be in luxurious surroundings when doing the manoeuvre! Hugs, x.

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  10. oh i love this mary. i loved loved loved jumpsuits in my day too. so easy for my job and chic as chic can be. i haven't thought of getting one til reading this. now i'm on a mission! xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Janet, I'm so proud to have inspired you to re-visit them. I've never had a "glam" one before (OK this is only my second, EVER!) but I could instantly see the big draw. I felt good as soon as I slipped it on. Elegant. Well pulled together.
      Please try one out and post your thoughts, you know I'm always popping in to see you! Hugs, x.

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  11. It looks wonderful on you, Mary. I like it without the big belt but the gold belt and belt less it's fab - what a great buy. As you say it's a a blank canvas; you can dress it up and down with accessories.

    I bought a black jumpsuit with a one off shoulder in the M&S sale about four years ago in 2013.I didn't know what to wear with it due to the one shoulder thing but finally christened it last year at a funeral of all things with a leather jacket and a hat. I can dress mine up with a black bolero/silver longer length cardigan and any number of kimonos - of which I have several - so I'll be getting more wear out of it in the months to come.

    I'm trying to catch up with your posts so if you're still on the cruise hope you're having a fab time!

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Vronni and I like it's line without the belt too.
      You've been doing wonderful things with your jumpsuit! Sounds like you were so stylish there at church, hope the poor deceased looked down to admire your efforts.
      Oh Vronni, I wish I could find a kimono whose pattern and weight is right for me, because I can see how versatile they are. You looked great in yours in Ireland.
      I'm back home. I'm embarrassed how short my cruise was, after all the fanfare I gave it. You will find out more about it shortly!
      Hugs, x.

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  12. I love jumpsuits too Mary, and this one is both understated and glamorous. I really like it with the original necklace and matching gold belt, but that's probably because I'm partial to all that glitters. You look elegant and svelte in this and hopefully you'll get a chance to wear it again soon, it's lovely!

    Anna x

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    1. Oooh, svelte I like!!! Thanks bigly, Anna and thanks for your views. I'm sure I will be wearing it soon, maybe for cocktails in Tresco? 😏. X.

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  13. Wow! This jumpsuit is stunning! And it passes the bathroom test too? Keeper!

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    1. Aww thanks so much, Amy. What a find, eh?!! Hugs, x.

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  14. You've convinced me to pull my black jumpsuit out in the near future! Talk about versatility!!! It would look great with a jean jacket too (in my humble opinion). I loved the turquoise necklace and the long one as well. How cool that it comes with it's own gold adornment, but it's removable. Very clever. I'd say this was a SCORE!

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    1. Yes, Lisa, I just love that little detail, they were so ahead of me on that one! Susan of Over 50 is hopefully going to wear hears with a jean jacket so maybe we could go blogger viral with that look! I will have a play around with my jumpsuit to check out its versatility, pretty exciting stuff in Pout World. Hugs, x.

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  15. Great jumpsuit Mary -looks fab on you. Love all the neckwear you've styled with it. x Jacqui
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    1. Thanks hugely, Jacqui, so sweet. And I'm flattered that you're unwinding with me after your gorgeously busy Venice trip! Hugs, x.

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