I know, shock horror: I’m wearing black. And not just a little black, but an entire black jumpsuit. Guess what… I love it!
I’m so pleased to be teaming up with JD Williams again after showing off my summer brights a few weeks ago – this time I’ve done the opposite. I’ve done black, but not as you know it. The reason why it’s not as you know it is because I’m never in it…!
But it wouldn’t be interesting or a challenge to constantly go for the same thing every time, would it, so I gave myself the ultimate challenge: take JD Williams’ request for a summer holiday outfit and turn it on its head. What do we wear less of in summer? Black. What do we WANT in summer when it comes to holiday dressing? Easy peasy outfits. Throw-it-on and go ensembles. What’s the ultimate in throw-it-on-and-go?
Bathroom issues aside, a jumpsuit is the EASIEST way to wear something fabulous on your summer holiday. And why not wear black in the summer? This black jumpsuit* (with perfect sleeves, I might add) is especially comfy, and best of all it has no buttons, zips or ties. You step into it, put your arms in and you’re dressed.
But it wouldn’t be very “me” without a bit more styling than that, and it’s the perfect base for something a lot more exciting…
Disclosure: This is a paid partnership with JD Williams (click here for my full disclosure). The post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. Any items listed as* were gifted within the last 12 months.
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The summer has unfortunately not been particularly forthcoming so far here in the UK (more showers than sunshine). We also don’t want to stress Riley out as he’s so old now, so car journeys or even leaving him with anyone else are out of the question, hence no holidays planned for us. But it doesn’t stop me swanning around on ACTUAL sunny days like I’m on holiday, so this is what I’ll be wearing the moment we get some sun and an event to attend this summer.
(We’re going to a concert at the Eden Project at the end of the month so I’ll probably wear this then!)
The three key items in this outfit are the black jumpsuit*, the red floral blazer* and the bronze slider sandals*, all by JD Williams. I’ve had my eye on the jumpsuit for AGES, despite its “not me” colour, but somehow I knew I could still style it the NDAL way.
A big dollop of colour, some great accessories and BAM! – an outfit fit for a summer holiday. Depending on how hot your destination is, the jersey fabric is perfect for cooler evenings. The wide legs allow some much-needed ventilation to take effect. The wrapover top is especially flattering to bigger boobies (like mine) and the waist is stretchy – perfect for a tapas-induced food baby.
If you’re like me and want a little more modesty, add a camisole underneath (here’s a pink with black lace and a blue with black lace version). You could even wear the jumpsuit straight over the top of your swimsuit or bikini. The red floral blazer* is lightweight and adds that colour I always desperately need/want with any outfit, even if I’m wearing black.
The accessories really finish off this outfit: a Panama hat (you ALWAYS want a hat in the summer to fend off those pesky sunrays), a white tote bag (avoid black bags with black outfits at ALL costs, there’s nothing duller…), statement earrings and a deep red belt to ‘neaten’ the elasticated waist of the jumpsuit.
The bronze slider sandals* are yet another version of my new favourite sandal style for summer – flat, chunky and comfy. Bronze couldn’t be more apt for a summer holiday, could it…?
Oh and as far as makeup goes, I went for red on my nails and toes and even debuted what I’ve been loving lately: bold, pigmented eyeshadow. Here I’m wearing a deep red/orange colour from the MUA Eyeshadow Empire Butterfly palette (scroll down for a closeup). I decided I HAVE to get myself out of my comfort zone of natural makeup and try something different now and then…!
Have I persuaded you to try black for summer (would you consider a lightweight black jumpsuit like this)? What cover ups are you taking to wear on your holidays this year? Comment below…!
Jumpsuit: JD Williams (gifted)
Blazer: JD Williams (gifted)
Sandals: JD Williams (gifted)
Bag: Marks & Spencer
Camisole: New Look (similar)
Panama hat: Amazon (similar)
Earrings: Asos (similar)
Eyeshadow: MUA Eyeshadow Palette Empire Butterfly (no.11)
OTHER JD WILLIAMS ITEMS I’M WEARING THIS SUMMER:
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