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Playsuits, Catsuits And Jumpsuits

Author : Callum Asterman


Playsuit. Did you ever come across such an unusual fashion item that brings to mind risque behaviour and unusual activities? OK, catsuit would probably count. And jump suit? Perhaps we'll stay away from that. But the reality is actually quite tame and potentially rather chic, as far as popular styles are concerned.

Playsuits are usually quite loose-fitting items of clothing, idea for a summer walk or an evening at a laid-back bar. And worn correctly they can be a lot more flattering than you might imagine. With so many different styles to choose from, there's a version for every body and every occasion, from a brave boob tube top and daring shorts combination to the sort of thing your granny could get away with. , from an almost negligée style chiffon to a more durable and workman-like fabric that will hold its shape whatever you do in it. With playsuits, you're limited only by the location and your sense of decorum.

The jump suit is an altogether different proposition. You'll find quite a variety of cuts, and the tops come in the full range of sleeved, sleeveless and halter neck flavours; but overall the jump suit is generally a lot more sober and covering, with trousers going at least down to the ankles and usually to the ground. Again, though, they may not be quite as dull as they might sound. A key point is the waist line. A tucked-in blouse and trousers would lead to a messy mass of folds without haute couture tailoring, whereas the jump suit avoids the waist design issue completely, while still maintaining the feminine profile. A top overhanging the trousers solves the creasing problem.

So it does seem that a neat, well fitting jump suit and a choice of playsuits would sit well in any female's clothing selection, but too many of us tend to stick to the same old dresses, skirts, pants, vests, tees and blouses each season. It is difficult to fathom why. Perhaps the playsuit's name makes it seem a little frivolous are risqué? Perhaps the impressions conjured up by the phrase "jump suit" are influenced by a baggy, unflattering mindset that would suddenly fall into place if imagined in some military situation (or, to credit the originators of the garment, jumping out of a plane).

The key to these garments is to look back at when they were first worn. Sure, jump suits and play suits have given us plenty of fashion catastrophes to remember. But there have also been triumphs, too. Try to cast aside any preconceptions, and picture yourself in something that's effortlessly flattering, has no awkward pinches and unwanted angles, and will make picking a suitable combination of matching items a thing of the past. Now get yourself to an online vintage clothing store and have a flick through some of the playsuits and jumpsuits that have been runaway successes over the decades. The perfect one-piece is out there waiting for you. And you don;t need to jump out of planes or take up mountain climbing to wear it.


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Callum is an expert in vintage fashion and now that womens playsuits and vintage jumpsuits are back in fashion, he has plenty to write about.

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