With Lady Gaga on everyone’s radar (including mine, surprisingly) there’s no denying that the eighties revival is in full, hell-let’s-go-for-it flow. And nothing declares ‘eighties’ more than a Lycra body/leotard/all-in-one (well, apart from fluffy perms and frosty lipstick and I’m so not going there). Hackney hipsters have been wearing them ironically for years, American Apparel does a roaring trade in raunchy metallic ones but I’m loving them from a purely practical point of view. As someone who can’t abide the cold, I need a number of layers under my YMC knits and a flimsy Hanro vest that doesn’t reach my hipbones just ain’t cutting it these days. Short of the vest-tucked-into-tights-and-said-tights-pulled-up-to-boobs manoeuvre (not a look poor D has taken to), there’s precious little else to keep the old kidneys warm, which is where the Lycra body comes in.
Wolford is still the gold standard of bodies – it hasn’t stopped selling them since Working Girl was the movie du jour. But £75 is a lot to pay for a basic foundation garment which might not even be seen, although there are some rather trendy Herve Leger-esque bandagy ones – for Cheryl Cole perhaps?
For those of an Alice-Dellal-lookalike persuasion, there are a number of skimpy lacy interpretations to go under sawn-off sleeve denim jackets and over-bleached drainpipe jeans – actually my inner floozie secretly quite likes these but alas, they won’t keep me warm.
However, if you really want the authentic 80s experience, head to Ebay for the original Donna Karan body. For hygiene reasons (euw), best search for BNWT…
Finally, I had to slip this link in. Warning: don’t click if you’re squeamish.