OOTD: A caped jumpsuit – for an Irish wedding?


What is it about an Irish wedding that fills even the most fashion-confident among us with something approaching dread? Now, let's not mistake it; I love a wedding. They're so full of love and joy and happiness and celebration! It's getting dressed for a wedding – an Irish wedding, specifically – that makes me totally panic and, usually, ends with me wearing something I don't really like (and will never wear again), but that I deem "wedding-appropriate". I know I'm not alone in this; when I used to do a fashion agony aunt column for The Irish Times, the most frequently asked questions related to weddings. What can I wear that's cool, but not too "out- there"? Is it okay to wear red? How mini is too mini? Of course, a lot of these questions come from the fact that, like it or not, there are a lot of unwritten rules about what one can wear to an Irish wedding. White is out; ditto ivory. For some extreme traditionalists, black and red are no-nos.

A lot of the time, I end up going for the typical wedding garb – a nice, girly dress with a nice pair of girly shoes, neither of which will ever see the light of day, but make for an ensemble that's totally acceptable and, y'know, "nice." Not so this wedding.

OOTD what I wore Lavish Alice jumpsuit wedding

I was doing my usual: I wanted something a little different, that I could potentially wear again, that worked with my new style (so, no florals / frou-frou / overly girly silhouettes) – when I saw this Lavish Alice jumpsuit in Folkster (only available in a UK 6; I'm wearing a UK 14), I thought, well, that might work. I'll admit, I wasn't 100% sure – it is a jumpsuit, after all, and aside from the fact that peeing is difficult, jumpsuits are very FUPA-accentuating and very rarely (in my experience) flattering.

But lo and behold, it fit and it looked cool – not to mention the fact that I felt very comfortable in it, like it was a bit more "me" than a full satin skirt and strappy metallic sandals.

Of course, in the week between buying the jumpsuit and wearing the jumpsuit, I got myself into an absolute frenzy about it. If you're following me on Snapchat, you will have seen this meltdown first hand! I decided it was too mad; I looked a bit like a voluptuous villain in a bizarre episode of Batman; everyone would think I was mental. I was reassured by my loving followers (I like to think they're loving – chances are, they're hate-following me just the same way I hate-follow the Jenners but I choose not to accept the truth) that the jumpsuit was a good choice and would look good, but I just wasn't sure. So I bought a dress in Oasis (which I actually also love and wore on yesterday's Xposé) as a backup.

OOTD what I wore Lavish Alice jumpsuit wedding

Then, I had this realisation when I woke up on the morning of the wedding and – wait for it – it was profound: this wedding was not about me. Moreover, no one was really going to care what I was wearing, once we got past the initial niceties / Batman-related jokes. And I was so right – on a lot of counts. No one cared (after the Batman jokes). The jumpsuit was very comfortable. Peeing was a pain. My FUPA was a concern. Otherwise, it was all fun, games and love – and marriage!

The deets: jumpsuit, Lavish Alice at Folkster (buy it on Opsh in a 6,8 or 10; on Asos in a 6 or an 8; direct from Lavish Alice in a 6, 8 or a 10and Topshop has a black mini-dress version in a size 10, while Revolve has that same dress, in white, in a 6, 8, 10 or 12); necklace, Love Rocks on Asos; and shoes from Asos (but not recommended because the strap snapped before I'd even got to the wedding – if you look closely, you'll see where I jauntily tied it around my foot to keep my shoe on!).

And in case you care about my make-up, I tried the L'Oréal Paris True Match foundation – and loved it! I'm wearing it here over the Stila One Step Correct primer, with Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Light-Medium for contour; MAC's warm neutrals palette* on the eyes (I use this palette every single time I wear eyeshadow, and will be repurchasing until I die); L'Oréal Paris's Infallible 24H Lip Colour in Flawless Fuschia; blush is Nars Orgasm from the special edition NARS Glossybox*; I used my SoSu Contour Palette* to conceal under the eyes; and lashes are by Christoph Eye Couture**.

* Press samples.

**Christoph looks after my nails and lashes for me, in exchange for social media coverage and the odd favour. Think of it like a barter system! For example, this Thursday, April 14th, I'll be hosting a customer evening alongside Christoph in his the Powerscourt Centre in Dublin, from 6-9pm. Come drink bubbly and eat nibbles with us! To RSVP email bookings@christopheyecouture.com. For more on my attitude to freebies, payments and more, check out my disclaimer!