Body Talk

Body Talk

I can thank Sarah Hill, my ex-ex-ex-ex-ex best friend (remember when you changed best friends every week and it meant absolutely nothing) from year 5-6 at primary school for two things.  The first is coming up with my nick name Susie Bubble, which seems to have good sticking power despite it being born out of the burblings of a group of hyperactive ten year-old girls.  The second is making me feel ever so slightly inferior as she was the blue-eyed blonde trendy in our class, who bought all her clothes from Tammy Girl and wore skin tight bodies to parties with flippy polka dot skirts.  I had no such luck convincing my mother that a leotard-esque top with poppers on the gusset area were exactly what I needed to fit into my new school (I changed primary schools quite a bit).  I definitely couldn't get her to take me to Tammy Girl either.  It was C&A Clockhouse, hand-me-downs and cheapie clothes from Hong Kong all the way.  Therefore I had to resort to wearing stretchy tight t-shirts and tucking them into tights to try and get the same effect as that of a streamlined and wrinkle-free body.  It never really worked that well.  As I ploughed on in to secondary school, I moved on from Sarah Hill and her collection of tight tight bodies.  So did everyone else apparently.  Doc Martens, Brit pop pin badges and Eastpak rucksacks replaced the body as the ensuing rotating obsessions.   My gusset has largely remained popper-free until very recently.  

Stylist Raquel Franco, currently a contributing editor of The Gentlewoman, saw the need for the body as a reintroduced staple in our wardrobe and started Bodyline a few years back, which has now morphed into Body Editions.  The collection consists of a concise edit of tailored bodies, ready to create a smooth foundation for any outfit.  There are hourglass shaped seams that run along the front, to accentuate a woman's body and there are no side seams so that the line is completely uninterrupted.  Carine Roitfeld, who not surprisingly is a natural body wearer gives Body Editions her seal of approval: "It‚Äôs very rare to find a good body suit in the right proportion.  I like Body Editions body suits because they are cut to so well! The leg is very low so you can wear low hipped trousers or a skirt, and the form of the V on the body make for a great silhouette."

The current S/S 12 collection consists of a lot of fine Italian knit bodies with built in collars in contrasting muted colours as well as some night time bodies with mesh panels and more striking designs with black and white stripes.  Raquel is a real perfectionist when it comes to the materials feeling good on the body and the knits have been developed especially to have that perfect second skin quality, free from lumps and bumps.  The S/S 12 collection is available on Avenue 32 and on Opening Ceremony now.      







Her A/W 12-3 collection builds up on that collared body silhouette with additional poloneck knit bodies and also some striped lurex knits for a body that can go into the night.  I wonder if Sarah Hill today would be into them?  






To dip by toes into the bodysuit of 2012, I've turned to a familiar and friendly material – Raquel has created some bodies for S/S 12 that mimic the look and feel of a grey marl sweatshirt.  Search "grey jersey" on the right hand side and you'll see how many words of devotion I've lavished on this humble cotton.  The body is indeed the softest second skin type garment I've ever worn and the fit is down to the cotton and elastane mix.  It's something of a no brainer staple given how loyal I am to anyting that relates to the grey sweatshirt and moreover, I'm now an adult in control of my own bodysuit destiny and can finally get some popper action going on down there. I can now bop around in a body to Whigfield in my own home all by myself and not feel like a loser.  I've made it.  This is what growing up is all about.      









(Worn with John Lewis black tights, Manuela Dack stingray belt from Avenue 32, Two Weeks clear PVC skirt from Liger, Topshop Unique wide-legged high-waisted trousers)


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  1. Miami

    2012-04-22 at 7:15 PM

    How easy is it to take off in a pinch?

  2. Coline

    2012-04-22 at 7:25 PM

    So cute! Love them!

  3. Mary Jane K.

    2012-04-22 at 7:27 PM

    They are amazing!

  4. Elisa Eymery

    2012-04-22 at 7:31 PM

    I adore bodies, I just found a bright pink one from the 1980s for our store. I like the one you’re wearing in the photos, a fresh and minimal interpretation of the traditional body.
    Elisa Eymery
    Wandering Minds

  5. La Vie Quotidienne

    2012-04-22 at 7:40 PM

    BUT in your figure is TOTAL AMAZING
    XOXO from Munich
    La Vie Quotidienne
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  6. Nina Papaioannou

    2012-04-22 at 7:42 PM

    They look as good as Alaia bodies… WOw! So cool … love your grey one and you nail polish!!

  7. Anastasios

    2012-04-22 at 7:46 PM

    I loved that look with the vinyl skirt 🙂
    Great bodies!!!
    52 Fashion Weeks

  8. Ali (hello DODO)

    2012-04-22 at 8:19 PM

    Eek! I wore these when I was a kid and now the mere idea of them terrifies me! However, you look amazing 😀

  9. Adeola Naomi

    2012-04-22 at 8:38 PM

    Great body wears like them all!!!

  10. Serdane

    2012-04-22 at 8:41 PM
  11. Sophie

    2012-04-22 at 8:50 PM

    Oh my God I love this post. It’s so well written <3

  12. Johnnybell

    2012-04-22 at 8:53 PM

    Super hot new trend. I love things hugging my body, and thing looks beyond comfy.

  13. Johnnybell

    2012-04-22 at 8:53 PM


  14. Carol

    2012-04-22 at 9:39 PM

    Your blog is great!
    I have one blog also and I just posted amazing accessories and looks from Los Angeles

  15. sourapril

    2012-04-22 at 9:39 PM

    how do you go to bathroom with it?

  16. Haidee

    2012-04-22 at 9:41 PM

    I love the seam lines it very flattering
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  17. susie_bubble

    2012-04-22 at 9:43 PM

    Super snappy poppers so no time at all!

  18. susie_bubble

    2012-04-22 at 9:43 PM

    There are poppers on the gusset. It isn’t a one-piece leotard, so it’s very easy to go to the bathroom.

  19. Kylie

    2012-04-22 at 11:26 PM

    Ahh Tammy Girl, the bodysuits. I remember the days. Although my mother always reminds me of the time I got off the school coach and the gusset was unpopped and over my skirt. I absolutely love this bodysuit, just checked out the collection. Very flattering, I must have one!

  20. Joana Gomes

    2012-04-22 at 11:27 PM

    This is something I could picture myself wearing with a high-waisted, rounded skirt. Though probably not transparent like yours hehe. I love the really deep red model of the body. And how good is the fabric? I’d love to be able to feel it!
    xo Joana

  21. Bug

    2012-04-22 at 11:54 PM

    “My gusset has largely remained popper-free until very recently.”
    I do like how you put things Susie Bubble, and I am also of an age where my memories of bodies are from primary school. Practical then they were not. I could possibly manage the loo by myself in one of these lovelie though. The sheer one gets my vote btw.
    Bug @ Bugwear
    PS C&A still gives me nightmares

  22. Emily

    2012-04-23 at 4:17 AM

    I was hoping for some little Susie pictures 🙂
    these look very comfortable and loungetastic!

  23. Nathan Niche

    2012-04-23 at 8:51 AM

    love the way it hugs ur body, and yeah sarah hill def lucked out getting the chance to give u ur cool nickname that became so ubiquitous! 😉
    xx nathan.niche

  24. Mimi Nizan

    2012-04-23 at 1:49 PM

    Very pretty, I need to buy a body 🙂
    I’m gonna start wearing some tighter outfits this summer 😀

  25. Designer Clothing Online

    2012-04-23 at 5:38 PM

    These are great!! Wish we were daring enough to wear one!
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  26. Huliganjetta's style blog

    2012-04-23 at 6:47 PM

    It must be very comfortable.
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  27. Miss Red Socks

    2012-04-23 at 10:22 PM

    Looks awesome!

  28. sbobet

    2012-04-24 at 1:20 PM

    Super hot new trend. I love things hugging my body, and thing looks beyond comfy.

  29. Spencer

    2012-04-25 at 9:28 AM

    So cute!Love them!Great post!

  30. lovely

    2012-04-26 at 12:55 PM


  31. Doll house Boutique Sydney

    2012-04-28 at 2:18 PM

    I went into Doll House for a Sherri Hill dress and I had the worst time. The staff was rude and no help to me – they made me feel as if I didn’t belong into their store. I well never return there and I am glad I didn’t purchase my dress from that store.

  32. Chocolate_Bee

    2012-05-02 at 12:09 PM

    I love the seam lines it very flattering me too

  33. fashion emo

    2012-05-03 at 9:58 PM

    This tight outfit is good especially to those who have beautiful body curves. you could style it in many ways you want. It is a great style.Good job. Maybe, more designs could be added.

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