March 6, 2013

The Velvet Jumpsuit

I’ve been mulling over the idea of comfort these past few months.  After an affair with sharp tailoring bordering on male corsetry, I did a one-eighty and started experimenting with pajama dressing—doing volume over volume and finding the experience sublime.  And though I appreciate a stature-lifting suit as much as any modern dandy, I was fascinated with the idea of looking put-together and precious in something as cozy as sleepwear.  It was that notion that I had in mind when I had a jumpsuit made by tailor: I wanted one that was spare, comfortable, and elegant—and in velvet, the tactility is unlike anything else.

tailor-made velvet jumpsuit of my design, Common Projects officer derby shoes

tailor-made velvet jumpsuit of my design, Common Projects officer derby shoes

The velvet jumpsuit was a 90′s women’s staple, at least in my household, where my mother would wear her mock-turtleneck halter-top palazzo-pant velvet jumpsuit with a large diamond brooch.  I wanted the easy glamour of velvet overalls done in a typically masculine, workwear silhouette.  As soon as I had picked out this textured, semi-crushed black velvet, I took it to my tailor’s with photographs of traditional work jumpsuits: pretty much cut straight from the armpit to the ankle, metal zip down to the crotch, minus all the patch pockets and tabs.  I was very pleased with our little project; my very own Forever Lazy passable for New York nightlife.

I love the texture of this semi-crushed velvet that shines as if it were iced.

I love the texture of this semi-crushed velvet that shines as if it were iced.

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I wanted a modest point collar and a silver metal zip to keep everything minimal.

I wanted a modest point collar and a silver metal zip to keep everything minimal.

black ring by AC+632

black ring by AC+632

Common Projects officer derbies in tan

Common Projects officer derbies in tan

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photographs by Sophia Callahan

9 Comments

  • Andrew
    March 6th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    this is good

    real good

  • Danny
    March 6th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Amazing! Looking great!

  • Sean
    March 6th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    brotherhood of the traveling jumpsuit? yes?

  • Patrick Wilson
    March 7th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Very nice!

  • Ben
    March 13th, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Stylish and comfortable, great work!

  • Alana
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Hi there,

    This looks very fashion-forward. However, I think it’s very conceptual and needs a bit of work. A form-fitting velvet jumpsuit with some custom detail around the pockets would make the outfit pop. Just my opinion!

    Alana

  • Max Westin
    April 9th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    It really does look well put together, good job!

  • Chelsea Bravo
    May 15th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I was just having a research into men in jumpsuits (as i design them for men myself) i came across this post and also a post that you done a while back on jumpsuits! It’s great to see this! I think you look great and your piece looks very cosy! When i have guys try mines on they are always shocked at how wearable a jumpsuit can be and always comment on the comfortability! Guys need to be brave and step out in the jumpsuit!

    Have a peek at my latest collection Dysfunction i have a few jumpsuits that are perfect for the summer! http://www.notjustalabel.com/chelseabravo

    Would love to know what you think!

    Chelsea

  • Izzy
    June 3rd, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Cool pieces, Chelsea. Thanks for sharing!


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