It reminds me of a pair of 1940s working women's overalls - and that's exactly why I love it. All that's missing is a scarf wrapped around my head but instead, I pinched my young photographer’s baseball hat!
Apart from deciding what you will or won't wear beneath this one-piece you must also consider your methodology for ‘spending a penny’ when wearing it. Unlike baby vests or bodysuits (currently back in the shops on some sort of 90s revival) jumpsuits don’t have easy-access poppers.
Therefore, my experience is that once you've unzipped a jumpsuit, there are three options to consider:
- gather it all up in a bunch* around your knees and proceed to pee as usual (*major crease alert when bunching)
- neatly roll the bib down to your waist and pull down like a pair of trousers (crease factor reduced and manageability increased)
- take the jumpsuit off and pop it on a hook on the back of the toilet door then have a pee (my favourite option by far!)
Easy pee – sy! Well, at least until you try any of these suggestions in a festival portaloo or pub toilet.
To pee, or not to pee...
Do portaloo doors have hooks? If not, then options ‘a’ or ‘b’ are your only choices, so make sure you're holding onto every bit of fabric as if your life depended on it. You do not want your jumpsuit (or anything for that matter) trailing on the floor of a unisex, over-used, un-lit loo in the middle of a muddy field! And actually, if there are hooks, do you really want to be getting undressed and dressed again in such a confined, smelly space? Probably not.
Even if you’re not off to Glasto this weekend (I for one have never felt the urge to go!) and are just heading out for a few drinkies, think twice as to whether a jumpsuit is the best choice.
Having a few glasses of wine and getting squiffy will render options ‘a’ and ‘b’ too risky. You could argue that a pub toilet floor is significantly preferable to a portaloo floor – but it kinda depends who’s frequented it before you. And taking the jumpsuit off to hang on the hook is just asking for trouble! Will you remember to put it back on again? If you do, will it be the right way round and what are the chances of you shoving a pointy heel through one of the legs and ripping it?
Oh and if any loo that you use whilst wearing a jumpsuit doesn't have a lock and you need to lean forward holding the door shut whilst making sure everything is going where it should be going - good luck!
Nope, as cute, cutting edge and understated as jumpsuits may be – there’s a time and a place for them.