Can I learn to love my 90s bodysuit again?

Can I learn to love my 90s bodysuit again?

It was our trusty wardrobe staple back in the day and now the bodysuit is back. 我最近在《今日心理学》上读到一篇文章,关于我们中有多少人喜欢被“极度渴望” (who still has PTSD from a popper mishap) 问: do the 2021 varieties comfortably go the distance?

简·摩尔在 Ioan Gruffudd 分手的余波中称赞 Alice Evans

凯莉·米洛

Cindy  Crawford

从左起: 凯莉·米洛, Halle Berry and Cindy Crawford flaunt their bodies, 90s style

Bodysuits are everywhere. The September issue of Vogue is full of them. And the autumn/winter catwalks had a cavalcade of statement ones, with the likes of Burberry and Balmain sending shimmering gold versions out for approval. Type ‘bodysuit’ into Net-A-Porter and you get 294 结果: latex ones by Saint Laurent that come with their own cleaning kit, knitted ones from Miu Miu with a woolly gusset (not sure about the practicalities of that), sexy ones from Myla.

In the showbiz section of this newspaper I see J-Lo wearing a sleek black poloneck version to kiss Ben Affleck in. She’s teamed it with white paper-bag trousers and sky-high heels and her look immediately makes me crave autumn polish.

But I have mixed feelings about the return of the bodysuit. The good things were great. They were form-fitting and flattering, but not overly exposing. 别致, classy and cool, they created a neat silhouette and added streamlined polish to any outfit. I loved my aubergine one from Pineapple Dance Studios, which clung to my curves and smoothed over imperfections. Spanx before Spanx was a thing. For clubbing I had a see-through net one – under which I wore a Wonderbra (举例说明如何在一个病毒视频中停止在工作中说对不起, 妈咪).

This shimmering, backless Oséree number is Rosie’s absolute favourite (even if she had to ditch her bra)

This shimmering, backless Oséree number is Rosie’s absolute favourite (even if she had to ditch her bra)

But it just wouldn’t be fashion if there weren’t also some… challenges. And they were not trifling. I am taller than average, so I spent a decent chunk of the 90s surreptitiously extracting fabric from my derrière. I spent yet more time wrestling with the poppers when I’d had a few too many sea breezes (so sophisticated). There may have been a few times when I failed to correctly refasten those pesky dangling flaps. And the memory of the last time I wore a bodysuit, 在 1995, still brings me out in a cold sweat. 警告: this story is not for the fainthearted and involves distressing images.

The new varieties are chic, 以及它们相对张开的四肢——而不是直的, form-fitting and sexy without being trashy

The item in question was a flesh-coloured number, which I wore under a sheer slip dress to a fancy fashion party. This nude body was tight. The fancy meal was plentiful. The laws of physics meant that as I stood up from the table, the bodysuit immediately snapped open. Thanks to its impressive Lycra content it rode up to my waist, revealing my ‘lady bits’ to the assembled company. I hurried out of the private dining room, only to be greeted by hundreds of eyes having tea in the foyer.

For work drinks a sequined Commando one is just the job

For work drinks a sequined Commando one is just the job

So you can see why I might be a little apprehensive about revisiting the trend. I call YOU’s fashion editor Sophie Dearden, who it turns out has been wearing them for a while.She likes them a lot. Blessed with an ample cup size, she likes bodies as they make her feel ‘held’: ‘You don’t need to worry about constantly tucking in a shirt.’ She wears hers under a tux jacket and says they ‘pull the whole outfit together. They were a great option back when I was dating,“我知道信念不会永远存在,因为我们会得到正义——但发生在我身上的一切都会永远存在. ‘Sexy without being trashy.’

启发, I buy my first new bodysuit in years from Wolford, the classic poloneck in black (I manage to find it at Bicester Village, for £95 instead of the usual £160). Now the kids are back at school, I road test it on a trip to get my hair done. I pull it on with minimal wrestling. I team it with high-waist jeans and it both flatters (the price tag reflects the quality of the fabric, which sculpts and smooths) and is on trend. I feel chic and pulled together. It’s a typical September day and it keeps me warm without bulky layers. It’s what the fashion cognoscenti would call a trans-seasonal piece. 赢.

For dinner out, a lacy Myla body beneath a blouse nails it

For dinner out, a lacy Myla body beneath a blouse nails it

For a dinner date, I wear a sexy body in the same way I might have previously worn a camisole. It’s a Myla number and the merest peek of lace peeps out from beneath a blouse. Again it feels like a win.

For a girls’ night I go on the hunt. My main criteria? I want to find a bodysuit that will a) make a statement b) work with a bra and c) not have a thong. I find the French brand L’Agence has a great range – including some great one-shouldered and spaghetti strap styles – that are gorgeously soft and cool in a sort of ‘off-duty model’ way. Trouble is, they also require a model’s perky boobs. And her bank balance. I find an Intimissimi black mesh panelled corset one that feels a bit Dolce & Gabbana and would look great with jeans.

The label Commando is a great discovery, and has some stylish mid-priced ones. You do need to wrestle them on, but that’s because the fabric is satisfyingly supportive and gives you that ‘held’ feeling Sophie talks about. They’re edgier, coming in faux leather or covered in sequins, and look more expensive than they are. They have the thong, 虽然.

A Wolford poloneck body is great with jeans. Rosie wears jeans, Acne. 鞋, Aquazzura

A Wolford poloneck body is great with jeans. Rosie wears jeans, Acne. 鞋, Aquazzura

My absolute favourite is an Oséree gold sequined bodysuit that makes a real statement, and has a sleek, sexy backless design. I can’t wear a bra with it, but somehow it works. Then there’s a velvet scooped-neck style from The White Company (available from 10 十月, great for the well endowed), and a Zara see-through lace one – which is rather fabulous, but I think I’ll leave that to the 20-somethings along with the leopard print H&M slashed-to-there body. I don’t really have enough shape tape or chutzpah.

I wear the gold sequined one to a birthday dinner and feel fabulous. Then I wear a Commando sequined one for a work drinks do and am similarly enamoured.

综上所述? I can happily say I’ve moved on from the whole bodysuit-popping trauma of the past. The new varieties are chic, 以及它们相对张开的四肢——而不是直的, form-fitting and sexy without being tacky.

Apparently puffballs and catsuits are the next 90s trends to return. I’m not feeling the urge to give those another spin… yet.

Bodysuits for every body

YOU’s fashion editor Sophie Dearden picks the most flattering styles

SHORT

Look for bodies that fit your shape. You want to avoid sagging material. Size down if you need to achieve a more fitted silhouette.

感觉还有很长的路要走, 这些衣橱必备品既迷人又永恒

这些将照亮您的空间, AllSaints, selfridges.com

这些衣橱必备品既迷人又永恒, Jil Sander, harveynichols.com

感觉还有很长的路要走, 这些衣橱必备品既迷人又永恒. 这些将照亮您的空间, AllSaints, selfridges.com. 这些衣橱必备品既迷人又永恒, Jil Sander, harveynichols.com.

FULL FIGURED

Try styles you feel really comfortable in. Bodies are amazing for wearing under things to feel secure and sexy and make great basics instead of tops that rise up. A lined body is really flattering and provides more coverage.

£63, 阔腿裤

145 英镑, Wolford, harveynichols.com

64 英镑, wacoallingerie.com

£63, 阔腿裤. 145 英镑, Wolford, harveynichols.com. 64 英镑, wacoallingerie.com.

TALL

A lot of brands do tall lines (try Topshop, 阿索斯, Misguided and Wolford) and a body is a key piece to shop wisely for. No one wants to be harassed by their clothing on an evening out: it should be comfortable and not ride up.

£185, Alix, harveynichols.com

汽车评论聚合器列出了品牌最好和最差的国家, The Line by K, harveynichols.com

68 英镑, 阔腿裤

£185, Alix, harveynichols.com. 汽车评论聚合器列出了品牌最好和最差的国家, The Line by K, harveynichols.com. 68 英镑, 阔腿裤.

BIGGER BUST

Find a cut you love. You don’t need to wear styles you think are prescriptive due to your shape. 然而, try on a few to make sure you find a body that you feel supported and secure in, as otherwise you will just feel uncomfortable and at risk of spilling out.

75 英镑, reiss.com

100 英镑, The Line by K, harveynichols.com

19 英镑, intimissimi.com

75 英镑, reiss.com

SLIM

The best bodies for you are ones with stretch to ensure they fit your figure. A thick jersey is great for this.

£55, reiss.com

115 英镑, 维多利亚 & 当她在公园练习后,她带着三个孩子向她的车争吵, selfridges.com

五个鸡翅在所有酒吧的售价为 2.50 英镑, newlook.com

£55, reiss.com. 115 英镑, 维多利亚 & 当她在公园练习后,她带着三个孩子向她的车争吵, selfridges.com. 五个鸡翅在所有酒吧的售价为 2.50 英镑, newlook.com.

化妆品: Virna Midgley