I am not a jumpsuit/overalls kind of person. Or at least I thought I wasn’t. But with a growing preggo belly, I am just firmly in the camp of no-waistband-land. Even if the waistband is made of elastic and pretty loose, I rather just not have something pressing against my belly. And so for the first 4 months of the pregnancy I’ve been happy enough with just wearing dresses. But now that the temps are cooling down and I’m less motivated to shave my legs, I finally caved and decided to give the good ‘ole jumpsuit a try. And you know what? I loooooove it and can’t remember why I resisted in the first place (actually I still can—it’s because of the hassle of going to the bathroom but more on that later).
I also decided to try out Elizabeth Suzann’s Mara Jumpsuit because I happened to find one on eBay. So at least I didn’t have to wait 4-6 weeks and I got it at a bit of a discount. They listed the size as a small at regular length and since I’m short (5’4”) I knew I’d probably have to get it altered. Well when it came, it was actually a small-tall but I figured I could work with that.
Here’s the before and after pictures of the alteration:
I had them take up the shoulders so it wasn’t as deep of a v-neck and hem about an inch off the bottom. And it worked out so well! The ES website does recommend getting a regular or even tall length and then hemming if you have a long torso (which I do). I can imagine paying $295 for this (and waiting over a month) and then paying more to have it altered is kind of a pain, but it could be worth it for a piece you’ll be wearing over and over. Though of course it’s even better if you can find it used.
As for me I’m a convert! It feels like wearing like PJs and I’m going to be wearing this until I’m bursting at the seams. I also like that there is a tie to define your waist. You can either tie it in the front or the back (I usually prefer the back but I’m wearing it tied in the front below).
The silk material is awesome and thick enough not to show an VPL even though it’s only one layer of silk and there’s no lining. It also helps that this is a fairly loose and flowy style for the jumpsuit. I also love that I can wash this silk jumpsuit at home in the washing machine (on delicate and with the laundress delicate wash).
As for the going to the bathroom issue, I’ve learned that the best way to deal with this is a rolling of the material as you take it off so that there isn’t excess material dragging on the floor. Is it inconvenient? Yes, but it’s doable and something I’m willing to do for the freedom of no waistbands.
Also I love layering a top over the jumpsuit to change the look of the whole outfit. Is it even more of a hassle to take off another later when using the bathroom? Yes. Do I have to use the bathroom more often now that I’m pregnant? Yes. But is it worth it? Yes.