After a lone, five-hour round-trip by train to collect a wheelchair today, I'm feeling surprisingly perky and have a little energy left for my outfit du jour.
I think it's fitting to do a little tribute to my new Black Milk wet-look catsuit that the Phoenix bought me following much secret and silent coveting on my part.
I couldn't afford it and he surprised me by buying it for me on the last day before the collection was taken offline in readiness for BM's upcoming range, which I understand will include swimsuits (torture!).
BM made one especially for me coz I needed just a teeny more length in the leg - and it arrived yesterday!
The Phoenix is a keeper and a darling.
This is the first new item of clothing I've had for countless months.
No complaints as I love thrifting and making my own gear, but it's such a delicious treat to have something brand new!
Shiny, black parcel arrives ...
Containing a shiny, stretchy, cheeky little number ...
The raw product: one catsuit.
Now for the styling part.
We all know how tricky an all-in-one can be to manage especially when a bathroom stop on the run is called for.
Soooooo, the secret is to keep the layers reeeeaaaaly simple.
Forget layering using skirts with a waistband unless you want your skirt falling in a puddle in some dingy pub loo.
Think elastic, elastic, elastic.
'Course if you're game to wear the catsuit on its own, then by all means do so with pride and confidence:) (and show us pix please!).
But I'm new to this naked-without-being-naked piece so I'm covering up a bit.
A loose tunic is fine as you can whip it off quickly then wriggle out of the catsuit.
I've chosen to wear it with my Storets cotton, ruffle shorts and my bronze bustle skirt seen at right of each pic.
Unfortunately though, the skirt elastic is baggy and needs replacing so I'll post pix once I've done that job.
Do you remember my kilt that I shortened here?
You should recognise this same fabric here then.
Yes folks the kilt is part of a suit - a cape suit!
Perfect for catsuit-wearing, vintage, superhero antics!
Worn with 1950s hairpiece I call "the birds nest", Storets ruffle shorts, jet beads and velvet platforms.
See what I mean about being easy to get on and off? Think about it.
Another styling idea. Different vintage headpiece and a cotton scarf.
Silk flower hair clip, rings and bangles galore.
I'm sure there are more ways to style a catsuit.
Here I've created a bit of a tuxedo version, the catsuit is worn on its own with an Etro blazer, 1950s lace collar, chunky bangles and sky-high heels.
The collar fastens up at the back with a pearl button. Ladies used to wear these collars to decorate plain sweaters.
The ruffle shorts are back on and I've added pearl ropes, plus a purple glass and pearly bead vintage necklace.
A blond fur cape for all you readers heading into autumn.
I hope you're all having a fantastic Friday and looking forward to sparkling weekend xo.