Alexander Wang Cotton-piqué playsuit, £750, net-a-porter.com
A powder blue, tailored, loose-fitting playsuit with deep, buttoned cuffs and an elasticated waistband. Need we say more? It is not easy to find such a piece that epitomises smart-casual, comfortable-chic and simple-stylish-deliciousness quite as perfectly as this Mr. Wang masterpiece, which probably explains why we’ve seen it lusted after on most fashion blogs since it hit the spring runway. Imagine the comfort of your boyfriend’s shirt and boxer shorts fused with the style points of Mary-Kate Olsen, and you should begin understand the ever-growing obsession with this piece.
With its relaxed fit, high neckline and high waisted attached shorts, this playsuit would flatter almost every shape and size, the loose short cuffs inviting your pins to resemble, well, pins. Despite perhaps initially appearing more like sleep-wear than street-wear, this playsuit is absolutely not to be hidden between the sheets. A perfectly summery piece, this one may have to be kept for those rare outbursts of British sunshine that occasionally grace us with their presence.
Such a statement item requires little accessorising elsewhere. While a charcoal grey platform sandal and small matching satchel would give the relaxed look a more substantial edge for an evening, a pair of white converse and rucksack would welcome a more refreshing, daytime feel. For a dressier daytime occasion, pair it with flat, nude strappy sandals and a bold oversized tote. Take tips from the catwalk and leave a few buttons unfastened to give the look more freedom of movement.
While several high street stores provide a wealth of playsuits, one mimicking this idealised example is proving difficult to come by so you may have to wait until the end-of-April loan before you can bankrupt yourself once more. We’re sure your landlord will understand.