It’s taken years to find the right jumpsuit. The DVF Dezi darling ticked off all the boxes because it’s blue, dressy, soft, sleeved, substantial and high-necked. It’s made of a weighty pebbled viscose that drapes beautifully and feels glorious against the skin. I love that the silhouette is alluring yet adequately covered, and has a Modern Retro integrity. I love the architectural sleeves, pleated waist, and elegant flared hems. I adore the defined waistline and fluid fit.
Although the jumpsuit is an impractical item that won’t get much wear, it sparked an incredible amount of joy when I fitted it on, making it impossible to pass up. Life is too short to be practical about all your wardrobe items. This one was EXACTLY what I wanted.
This jumpsuit is a high-quality item, which makes it even more special. It’s so beautifully made that the pocket linings were finished with French seams, which were, ironically, a fit problem. The ridge of the seam grinned through to the front of the trousers. An overlocked zig-zag finish on the pocket lining is a flatter seam so that’s what I suggested to the alterations associate, who agreed it was a good idea. The new seams work like a charm and the pocket linings are no longer visible.
I didn’t need to wear a special bra with the jumpsuit because although the boat neck is wide at the shoulders, it came with loops and snaps on the inside of the shoulder neck points. The loops keep your bra straps in place and prevent visible bra straps. Brilliant. The breezy armholes are sufficiently covered, preventing armhole gape. And I also enjoy how the high boat neck, draped sleeves and blousoned torso widen my shoulders and add a bit of bulk to my slight frame.
I had the length shortened to wear with two and a half inch heels. I prefer the hems of flared trousers and jeans extra long because they look more luxurious that way. And with the soft fabric of the jumpsuit, the trouser legs feel particularly drapey and swooshy as I stride. Love that. Interestingly, because of the extreme drape of the fabric, I can also wear the jumpsuit with three inch heels and the hems don’t look too short. The break line in front is simply not as exaggerated.
I visualized wearing the jumpsuit with white pointy toe pumps and a white satchel when I brought it home. But in the spirit of the ‘70s integrity of the piece, gold pumps and clutch seemed appropriately “disco”. The version with the high-contrast white finishing touches looks more Modern and 2015 to my eye, whereas the tonal gold finishing touches look more Retro. I have a slight preference for the white because I like how the white pops against the blue (in-house fashion stylist Greg agreed). But when I’m a tonal mood, I’ll sport the gold.
The jumpsuit has an added bonus of looking like a formal gown from the side when you can only see one of its flared legs. That’s one of the reasons the piece is dressy enough to wear to a fancy occasion, but you’ll do a double take when you see that the gown has TWO legs. Another fun aspect of the piece.
Adding a topper to this item ruins the lines of the garment, so it’s all about wearing it on a warm Summer’s day. We had just that last Saturday when I wore the suit to a styling event where I was the guest stylist. The jumpsuit was comfortable as I worked with clients, and I felt appropriately sassy for the event. My love for glam ‘70s fashion has gained momentum this year.