Bodysuits are like marmite, either you love them, or you hate them. Whatever way, you’re almost bound to have tried them, or at the very least, wanted to. But are they really worth the hassle? Is that seamless silhouette justification for a night of awkward toilet situations? Fashion Editors Ellie Tattam and Lydia Varney decide.
Ellie Tattam: What’s not to love?
There are plenty of reasons to wear bodysuits, which is probably they have remained within the fashion cycle since our parents’ era of ‘hip’ fashion, to our glittery, club-ready style of today. If bodysuits were not an essential item of clothing, they wouldn’t have survived the cut-throat fashion fad cycle we know today, and remained centre pieces on sites like Missguided, Boohoo and many others. It’s not just coincidence that we’re all wearing them on the regular, after all.
And let’s not forget that bodysuits completely erase the need to constantly readjust your top as it inevitably bunches way above your jeans. A body suit is like a best friend, always reliable and has completely got your back covered (excuse the pun). What’s more, they are incredibly versatile as a garment as you can wear them on nearly every occasion – from a casual daytime outfit, to creating a glam look for another Mischief mad one. Where the bodysuit comes into its own is of course the festival scene. This is where we become brave; venturing across the mud ridden fields in nothing but a pair of once white Nike Air Max and a standalone body drenched in sequins, a genuine diamond in the rough.
Undoubtedly the biggest advantage of wearing a bodysuit is its flattering nature. It looks fantastic with today’s low riding trousers and jeans, and keeps those who are insecure about baring their stomach feeling suitably covered. It’s a great confidence boost, and what’s more, for us shorter ones, bodysuits are really good at elongating the torso, making us appear that little bit taller
Finally, the Lycra material of the garment provides extra support and control to really make you feel as confident and sassy as possible in your outfit. What more could you want?
Lydia Varney: I’ll give it a miss
If you haven’t invested in the latest fad, the bodysuit, then you’ll thank me for saving you time and money by warning you, quite bluntly, not to. You’ll see it online and think it’s the most flattering thing since the high waisted A-line, but you’re wrong. It is, in fact, a scam.
Don’t be fooled – of course it skims flatly over the models stomach, emphasising their womanly curves and all that. In reality though, it probably won’t fit. What are the chances that your proportions are exactly like those of the skinny size 8 models? More likely you’ll be choosing between something that sags at the sides, a compromise made in exchange for avoiding a permanent wedgie, or a slim fitting bodice and a sliver of fabric stuck up your behind. Not sure about you, but I’d rather not.
Don’t get me started on the toilet situation. For some bizarre reason, this trend is commonly seen on nights out, when you’re bound to be frequenting the bathroom at least once an hour. Whats worse, this trip to the toilet wil almost take this whole hour, as not only will you have to wait for your best friend to struggle in the cubicle next to you, you’ll also have to struggle out of all layers of clothing to free yourself from what’s basically a glittery swimsuit. And then, once you think it’s all over, the struggle begins; can you get those poppas back together? I can’t. Maybe I’m just too impatient to spend two hours fiddling with buttons between my thighs.
Overall, I’d say nice try, Missguided. Once in a while, I’ve pulled off a bodysuit, gathered in an array of compliments and ignored the fact that it was all a scam; I never pinned the bodysuit up. I just let it flap around under my skirt, desperately trying to pretend that yes, it fits, and yes, I did really want my neckline to be that low. But, let’s be real – nobody can be bothered with that.