Because jumpsuits are not for the faint-hearted
There are some clothes that make a statement. Others that pack a punch.
And then there are clothes that carry with them such a blend of powerful sentiments, history and empowerment that to wear them is an honour, not a statement. Clothes that are a reflection of our pioneering ancestors who broke down barriers and pushed boundaries, setting new expectations and changing society.
And the jumpsuit is right at the top of the list.
The deceptively remarkable jumpsuit and why they’re a must
Jumpsuits, in all their many incarnations, are one of the most simple, flattering, stylish and versatile items of ladies’ clothing. And yet stitched into the very fabric of their invention is an element of daring, adventure, rebellion, strength and glamour that dates back nearly a century!
So, move over black suits and power dressing. Say goodbye to conventional skirts and jackets. Stand aside little black dress.
Because the jumpsuit has got something to say!
A rebellious streak – how very daring
There’s good reason that such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Onassis, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and even Madonna were instinctively drawn to the jumpsuit.
In 1919, a rebellious Italian designer who worked under the pseudonym THAYAHT (read that backwards) designed what he called the TuTa. It was aimed at the working classes and was designed to be a “futuristic” and anti–bourgeois garment. Cut from one piece of cloth, it had clean lines and a utilitarian feel. And the Florentine upper classes went wild for it, embracing this new garment and introducing what was in effect the first jumpsuit!
To boldly go…
The arrival of jumpsuits couldn’t have been more timely in terms of the changes in society that were taking place in the 1920s. These were exciting times with women enjoying greater freedoms than ever before and high-octane adventure literally taking off.
Pioneering aviators, racing car drivers and parachutists alike all needed warm, easy and protective clothing. Cue the jumpsuit. And when, in May 1927, Charles A Lindbergh completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic wearing a jumpsuit, it became indelibly linked to dashing and daring adventurers and liberated young heroes.
But there’s glamour too behind jumpsuit fashion
Women had been catching on to the idea of wearing trousers since Word War I and iconic designers like Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli did much to accelerate the trend. Chanel developed her lounging pyjamas for life on the French Riviera in the 1920s, while in the 1930s Schiaparelli designed a glamourous air raid suit – complete with stylish accessories including a velvet turban and a water bottle! Again, the message was futuristic (the sci-fi of its time) but the design was the epitome of style.
Hollywood glamour as well as sporting finesse
At the same time, and as Hollywood entered its golden era, fashion now became the driving force behind movie marketing. And soon the likes of the great Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn were all seen sporting some seriously stylish jumpsuit fashions.
And as Hollywood starlets did their bit for jumpsuit glamour, in 1935 fashion designer Emilio Pucci designed a jumpsuit for his college ski team. His designs were spotted by Harper’s Bazaar, and jumpsuits became inextricably linked to sporting prowess.
Although nothing in this era would seal the fate of the jumpsuit more memorably than WWII propaganda images of Rosie the Riveter (the American WWII female factory workers) and their English cousins, doing their bit for the war effort in jumpsuits and head scarfs. It was practical, effortless style. It wasn’t meant to be sexy but wow, was it!
It’s no surprise then, that by the 1960s and 70s, the jumpsuit had a reputation for being avant-garde, bold, sexy and cool. And Abba, Cher and Farrah Fawcett to name but a few, each, in turn, made the jumpsuit their own.
Follow in the footsteps of our modern-day icons
After falling slightly out of fashion following the 1980s, jumpsuits have been back on the fashion map for well over a decade. And if this season’s catwalk trends are anything to go by, 2018 is likely to see many more interpretations of this ever-evolving design.
From utilitarian overalls, sparkling, sequined and fitted, to long sleeved and short, the likes of Paco Rabanne, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Dior, Kate Spade and Rossie Assoulin all gave more than a passing nod to the jumpsuit in their latest collections.
And this year’s red-carpet events, like the Grammys, have already taken the bait with some truly sensational jumpsuit designs sported by the likes of Miley Cyrus and Janelle Monae to add to a long list of celebrity jumpsuit fans.
So what does your jumpsuit say about you?
At the Anderson Club, we passionately believe that what you wear can and should reflect your personality. In fact, that’s part of the inspiration behind every item in our collection.
And if you’ve chosen a jumpsuit instead of a more conventional suit or little black dress, then there’s a very strong chance that some of your jumpsuit’s distinctive characteristics reflect your own: a little bit daring, different, practical and strong but glamorous and stylish too?
And what of the LBJ -the Little Black Jumpsuit?
For those boardroom to bar kind of days, a black jumpsuit is a versatile choice and black represents strength, dignity, authority and sophistication. But black also has an element of mystery and seduction about it too making it perfect for Anderson Club fans.
Black is a powerful colour, not to be worn lightly and spun into a black satin jumpsuit, it makes for a strong personal look which is professional, sensual and elegant. And with so much focus on wearing black at this year’s major award ceremonies like the BAFTAs, black is set to remain one of the go-to colours of this year.
Or are you ready for indigo?
Indigo has to be one of my favourite colours and it symbolises intuition, perception, integrity and sincerity. It’s a creative and stimulating colour and often reflects the wearer’s wisdom, dignity and focus.
With ruffles and bright, bold colours making quite an entrance in this year’s major fashion shows, the Anderson Club is once again leading the trend with this one. Combining indigo with a fun and flattering ruffle and all the power and sensuality of our jumpsuit, we dare you to be different.
Or are you more of the gentle but elegant type?
The serenity and calm of ivory exudes an understated elegance, innocence and charm. That’s why we’ve matched it with the cool, clean lines of our ivory jumpsuit – so feminine but strong too. It’s one of our summer favourites!
So are you ready to be bold?
Are you ready to take a deep breath and be everything that a jumpsuit represents? To stand out from the shadows and be bold, daring and undeniably you? Will you step out in style, saluting the great female icons of the past, whilst taking daring and adventurous steps towards an exciting new future?
The jumpsuit has always been about looking to the future, bucking the trend, being the best of both worlds whilst being different. Anyone who’s ever worn one will know that they make you feel sassy, sexy and stylish.