• Lindsey

New Design: The Marlene Jumpsuit

I'm very excited to introduce this new piece just in time for summer, the ultra-chic Marlene Jumpsuit. Here I talk you through both the finished design and the inspiration behind it, plus some handy styling tips you can use for any occasion.

Stylecamp New Design - the Marlene Jumpsuit

Stylecamp's new design, the Marlene Jumpsuit

I've been wanting to make a jumpsuit part of the collection for a very long time and this summer I was motivated by one of my favourite jersey jumpsuits, which features a wide leg trouser and elasticated neckline.

One of my 'go-to' summer pieces, I love to throw this on on a warm day as it's so comfortable to wear and effortlessly stylish in the heat.



Whenever I see a wide leg jumpsuit like this, I'm immediately transported back to images of the glamorous Riviera lifestyle of the 1930s. One of the enduring fashion statements of the era were the voluminous beach pyjamas every stylish lady worth her salt wore to the seaside resorts.

1930s ladies in their beach pyjamas

1930s ladies in their beach pyjamas, source - SwingFashionista

Those sassy 1930s ladies knew just how to show off the countless variations of these fancy palazzo pants, not to mention the continually exaggerated size of the trouser flare. For me, it is the epitome of elegant summer dressing.

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Seeing these carefree ladies frolicking happily on the beach in their beach pyjamas one minute, and donning a glamorous hat and heels the next, shows just how versatile this piece can be.

Beach pyjamas on the beach

Beach pyjamas on the beach, source - Glamoursplash



As you know, I name all my Stylecamp pieces after famous Golden Hollywood actresses if the design resonates with their style, as they are a key influence to Stylecamp's vintage-inspired clothing. I have always been drawn to Marlene Dietrich for her vampy, androgynous style, which made the ideal inspiration for a jumpsuit design.

Marlene Dietrich, 1935

Marlene Dietrich, 1935, source, Pinterest

With a nonchalant playful side hidden in those piercing eyes, she simply oozes style and sophistication. She is remembered best for her slinky dresses, fur stoles and smouldering cigarette in her iconic femme fatale movie roles, but her style off-screen is equally well considered.

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I love these images of her kicking back at the beach in classic 1930s style. She's often seen in palazzo pants or beach pyjamas, or long flowing dresses, her famous demeanour bringing them an air of instant 'cool'. This was the kind of look and feeling I wanted to achieve for my jumpsuit.



Stylecamp Marlene Jumpsuit by the Sea

Marlene Wide Leg Flared Jumpsuit

I knew I didn't want to make these trousers with the same volume as the beach pyjama originals, simply because I wanted to create an enduring style that will last. A classic wide leg pant ceases to go out of fashion and is also extremely flattering for many shapes.

Stylecamp Marlene Jumpsuit Cuff Detail

Marlene Jumpsuit - Cuff Detail

The cut off cuff detail is a nod to its 1930s provenance, which I have highlighted with delicate piping work at the ankle to give it a resort feel. This is the first time I have ever used this technique but I love how it creates such a neat finish.

Marlene Jumpsuit bodice view with pockets

Marlene Jumpsuit - Bodice VIew

Best of all, as an extra design feature I finished the trousers of the jumpsuit with side seam pockets which are great for slouching into. Let's face it, everyone loves a pocket on their dress or trousers!



Stylecamp Marlene Jumpsuit back view

Marlene Wide Leg Flared Jumpsuit

With so many ideas roaming around my head, I spent a long time trying to decide on the look of the bodice for this piece. I settled on this effortlessly flattering cross bodice design which fastens with a tie at the shoulder. This is neatly finished with a full facing, back and front, and once again trimmed with piping to bring out the detail.

Marlene Jumpsuit with cross body wrap detail

Marlene Jumpsuit - Back View

I just love these simple tie up details from classic beachwear, not only are they a unique design feature, they serve a dual purpose. With all of my clothes, I feel it's important to have an element of 'give' in the design and this tie feature allows the bodice to become personalised for the wearer.