Betty Duffy

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Friday, September 2, 2011

The soft maternal glow of a denim jumper

Awhile ago, on facebook, Mrs. Darwin posted the poignant question:

Getting tired of the stereotype: does anyone really REALLY know any homeschoolers who wear denim jumpers? Really?

And it occurred to me, that for some ungodly reason, yes, denim jumpers have always been a part of my fashion lexicon.

Junior year of college, I spent seven months walking around England in a denim jumper paired with a cardigan and/or a tweed blazer, with...long underwear underneath. And Doc Martens. It was the nineties--no one knew what was going on fashion-wise then.

But even still, I've had a denim jumper hanging around for awhile--afraid to wear it--because I was homeschooling last year and worried about the stereotype. No need to confirm our eccentricities.

Anyway, I've been thinking about it, and I've decided that, NO, I am not going to bury my denim jumper under a bushel. It is comfortable. It is, at least in my estimation, cute. It hides a multitude of flaws. And I found this effect on Picasa where you can give your denim jumper a glowing halo.



I say go jumper. I'm going to wear it out of the house.


20 comments:

Sarah Miller said...

You are beautiful! Rock that jumper!

The Cottage Child said...

Too funny. The glow definitely makes it. I don't wear jumpers because I'm too hot natured, I don't really wear layers at all because of that, but I've never thought they were anything less than very practical and often very cute. I completely support you in your decision, though I hope you'll reconsider your long underwear/Doc Marten accessories. They're so '90's.

Dorian Speed said...

You are a fashion icon.

Plus, I think the "denim jumpers" in question are supposed to be floor-length and billowing.

Rachel said...

I thought that picture was from a fashion website or something! Love that "jumper". And love those sandals.

BettyDuffy said...

Alright--they probably are supposed to be longer--but this one is plenty billowy. I bought it for maternity.

The brand is "Miss Joni" of California, probably circa '75, which means it really should be worn barefoot.

Now, the prairie dress in my closet; I'm thinking of wearing it out too.

Kimberlie said...

I don't wear jumpers denim or otherwise for the mere fact that they always look tent-like on me because I am a bit "fluffy." (A woman in a magazine article I read referred to herself as fluffy instead of fat and I liked that. It takes some of the ouch out of it.)

Your jumper is cute though and not at all tent-like. I saw another version of the denim jumper the other day - a denim dress with an empire waist and cute capped sleeves. The length hit a the knees. I thought I might actually wear something like that. But truly, in solidarity with homeschooling moms everywhere, I should probably wear a traditional denim jumper.

Kris Livovich said...

The purpose of the denim jumper is to billow and hide any and all feminine attributes of the wearer, so as to keep away temptation. You are not wearing the jumper properly. In fact, by showing your knees, you have broadcast your intent to seduce all men within your general vicinity. Good thing my husband and I live upstate.

Seriously, though, it looks good.

Sally Thomas said...

I love my denim jumper, and I've always had one, too, ever since my early 20s. Mine is not as cute as that one, but it's not quite a prairie thing, either. It's just . . . a jumper, with cool silver buttons. Or maybe I really think of it as my slightly more presentable overalls. Or a variation on the long denim skirt which I really do wear with long johns in the winter . . .

But then, in case you haven't intuited this already, nobody but nobody would call me exactly fashionable. Unlike you -- you look fabulous.

BettyDuffy said...

Sally, I was half-tempted to do some kind of a link up thing in which women could bring their jumpers out of the closet and onto the internet. But I was a little worried I might be the only one. I'm glad to know there's another jumper enthusiast out there.

Well, Kris, I guess your husband's safe for now. But never underestimate the power of a jumper (or my knees) cause Indiana's a pretty small state. You crack me up.

the anti-jumper sil said...

Ooh I don't think I can come over this weekend anymore!!! :)

Lynn said...

That has to be the cutest denim jumper I've ever seen. I own two, with embellishments, and they are ankle length. Cute, but I still hesitate!

Anonymous said...

No, sweetie, don't do it. Don't wear that thing out of the house.

berenike said...

I knew a homeschooler who wore a green jumbo cord "jumper" (excuse the inverted commas, without one a jumper to me is a woolly garment for the top half of the body).

I am wearing a home-made-in-the-70s (by my mother!) almost-ankle-length denim skirt, despite being no homeschooler.

Clare@ BattlementsOfRubies said...

You look lovely, but that isn't a jumper it's a dress.
Is this another tomayto/tomahto word?
I am guessing that "jumper" is Americanese for "pinafore"?
Like "jumper" is Englandese for "sweater".

BettyDuffy said...

Claire--yes.

Jumper=sweater overseas.

In the US a jumper=a loose-fitting overall dress worn with a shirt underneath.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I don't think I had any denim jumpers when I was homeschooling because my everyday uniform was jeans and a tee shirt. But I did have a couple of denim dresses for nice occasions such as church.

Denim is a wonderful fabric for a mom with young children because it wears like iron, you can sit down anywhere without harming it, and it doesn't show cat hair or minor dirt. We should not be ashamed of wearing denim jumpers just because some women wear frumpy ones.

In fact, I wear one now even though my children are all grown up because it is so practical for my job (shelving books in the library) which requires getting down on the floor a lot when working in the children's section.

However, I was once once mistaken for a Pentecostal while wearing it.

priest's wife said...

I don't know any jumper-wearers- but I think your knee-length style is cute

MrsDarwin said...

Betty, you rock it if you love it. I don't happen to love it (on me, not on you) and fortunately, in these permissive days, one can pretty much dress to please oneself.

I will say that the lines of a jumper are not suited to my particular figure, which tends toward the hour-glass, and that might explain my antipathy toward them.

Nancy Piccione said...

Yours a great denim jumper! More like a cute dress. I think I did have a denim jumper back in the 90s, too, and maybe even wore it while homeschooling a few times. :-)

Martha said...

Oh yeah, our priest's sister (who organizes the homeschool science fair) wears primarily ankle-length denim jumpers with white keds. Long hair, glasses, no make-up. (I rock those last 3 items myself).