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Seamstress of Bloomsbury – the Siren Suit

I’m just gonna come out and say it; I bloomin’ love this suit. As in really, really love it. I don’t know what it is about a jumpsuit, or more precisely in this instance, a siren suit, but I am a massive fan right now and Seamstress of Bloomsbury have got it so right. Whilst cruising the SoB website, the Lauren Siren Suit was one of the items that immediately caught my eye. Sometimes I wonder whether motherhood has changed my style but generally I can’t say it has particularly. I still take pleasure in dressing up and making an effort with my appearance. One thing I will say though, is that I have a great appreciation for matching sets (see my previous SOB review here) or one pieces, as they require minimal thought and effort and generally result in maximum glamour.

There was something about Lauren that made me think it would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. And I wasn’t wrong. Featuring super wide legs, short sleeves, a concealed front zip, elasticated waist with tie front belt it is the ultimate in comfortable glamour. Oh, and it has pockets!!! I felt like a bombshell the minute I slipped this on. The fabric is a lovely light, floaty, rayon crepe, making it perfect for warm summer days. The only downside is that the it creases quite easily and doesn’t take well to being in the rain, but quite Frankly, the same problems apply to me. Ha!

Lauren is available in six different colours and prints, there is almost certainly something to suit everyone’s taste. My measurements are 35-28-42 and I went for this item in a UK 10. Based on the waist measurement on the size chart, I’d usually be looking at the UK 12, but the elasticated waist allowed me to comfortably size down. The only thing that doesn’t fit me perfectly is the length, meaning I had to wear mega heels for these photos. At 5’4 I’m used to trousers not being the right length, so have no qualms about having to take it up a little.

If you’re wondering about the name, ‘siren suit’, it actually has some history behind it. Siren suits were popularised during the late 1930’s and early 1940’s and provided a practical solution to protecting women’s clothing when heading in to air raid shelters. They also enabled women to quickly cover up their night clothes if the sirens sounded in the middle of the night.

Although this is a typically 40’s style outfit, I thought it would be fun to try styling it with both a 40’s and a 70’s style twist; hence the two photo sets. This jumpsuit lends itself perfectly to both styles and I look forward to having some fun with wearing it.

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