My Easter Bonnet is a Jumpsuit!
Happy Easter! The longer days are a real tonic and I wonder whether you, like me, feel you are emerging blinking into the sunshine after this crazy long Winter - rather like Ratty and Mole at the beginning of “The Wind in the Willows”. After months of Netflix, I am ready to stretch, breathe and enjoy the outdoors.
Although I love my clothes and keep many of them for years, there is nothing like something new to give me a (probably brief) lift. Are you the same? My indulgence this Spring is the jumpsuit which I am wearing from the UK company, Weird Fish. This month’s newsletter is devoted to the topics suggested by said jumpsuit: the delights of Tencel and how to wear hard-to-wear colours.
First of all, why a jumpsuit? I know they are not the easiest when it comes to going to the loo but since they have become popular again, I have tried several and not been entirely happy for one reason or another. Part of my liking for this all-in-one garment stems from a lovely green one I had back in the 1980’s from Richard Shops. (Remember them?) I didn’t know then all that I know now about colour and style, but I remember clearly always feeling good in it and I think there must be something of that longing in my dogged persistence in trying to find the perfect one. Do you ever try to re-create some look you had from the past based on how it made you feel? My husband’s memory centres around meals he ate; mine tends to be much more around what I was wearing and how I felt. Now that I am super-aware of style and colour, I think of past outfits either with a shudder or with real affection.
We would need to have been living on Mars not to be aware of the damage to the environment caused by the clothes we wear and, more importantly, discard so what am I doing buying something new?. I am not quite hair-shirt enough to renounce buying new things but I totally admire a friend of mine and the wonderful Jane Fonda who have taken this step. To salve my conscience this purchase is made from an eco fabric – tencel. Tencel is one of the most sustainable fabrics in the world and comes from wood pulp. It feels rather like viscose but unlike viscose (which also comes from wood pulp) it doesn’t go through the same sort of planet un-friendly chemical process as viscose. I love the feel of it – a bit silky and drapes nicely. It is washable and we will see how prone to creasing it is but so far, so good!
Confession time! I shocked myself by crossing two of my red lines:
- I bought it online and you will be right in reminding me that I don’t generally buy online because I like to support local boutiques and enjoy the social interaction with the owners. I need to see, feel and try on garments before buying but, as you know, none of that has been available since before Christmas. I succumbed!
- Colours you see on a screen are never reliable and when my jumpsuit arrived it wasn’t the lovely marine navy it appeared to be on my laptop. It is, when I look at it in daylight, nearer to a blue grey – lovely for someone with a cool skin tone. Mine is warm. Oh dear! For a couple of days it was destined to be returned, but it fitted perfectly and with the blue-grey being muted it does tick one of my colour boxes, The solution? Bring out the warmth of the orange medallion pattern of the fabric by using either my amber necklace or an orange scarf. Result? Happiness! You can watch my video about it here
Wearing hard-to-wear colours
You may have a number of garments in your wardrobe which you know don't do you any favours colourwise. This can include black. Clients sometimes panic when they come to me for a colour analysis session. They can see what they look best in (younger, healthier, more attractive) and they know they have many pieces which don't fall within that palette, but it is simply too daunting/expensive to throw everything out and start again. I tell them not to panic. The main thing is to have a really flattering colour near your face, so find a scarf, a necklace or a bolero/cardigan in one or more of YOUR colours. That way, you can make those not-so-great pieces work for you.