Ah, the jumpsuit. Some may say I have an unhealthy affinity for them: I’m going to blame it on being a child of the 90s.
If you’re a jumpsuit newbie, let’s start with the basics. With so many options to choose from, there are a few things to keep in mind when on the hunt for a jumpsuit. Since they’re so versatile, you’ll find options ranging from über casual to practically black tie. I tend to skew towards jumpsuits that are right in the middle of the road (small prints in a great fabric or solids with noteworthy details), so I can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. This check-print jumpsuit has become one of my favorite pieces lately.
Fit can be a daunting aspect of jumpsuits because of its one-piece nature, but there are a few easy tricks of the trade to finding the right one for your body. Once you get comfortable with these little one piece wonders, you’ll never want to go back to separates!
1. If it is a tailored jumpsuit such as this one, make sure the crotch hits where it should. Drop crotch is still acceptable If you’re wearing a slouchy, oversized jumpsuit, but it’s only appropriate for casual events (think beach or BBQ). If you’re petite, stick to tailored jumpsuits so you don’t look like you borrowed it from someone else’s closet.
2. Leg fit makes a big difference. Don’t write off jumpsuits just because you tried one on, one time, and it wasn’t flattering. Find the cut that highlights your best features. Between cropped, wide leg, and more tailored silhouettes, there are endless possibilities. Try a different fit and see where it leads.
3. Shoe choice is key. This jumpsuit has a slightly tapered leg, and it required a more minimal shoe so the pant leg falls correctly. I find that with most tailored jumpsuits, a strappy, simple shoe is often my go-to. It keeps the look chic and understated. Another favorite jumpsuit of mine has wide legs which gives me more freedom to play with shoes. I absolutely love the look of a wide leg jumpsuit that flows all the way to the ground. The. Best.
4. Experiment with accessories. A leather jacket and a strappy sandal sets an entirely different tone than a blazer and a pointy toe. The great part is that jumpsuits tend to be one of the easiest pieces to style! Take a minute to think about where you’re headed, and pick your accessories accordingly. I’m also a big believer in belting my jumpsuits too. Emphasizing your natural waist keeps most silhouettes flattering, all while letting you rock a great belt (um, sign me up).
ZARA BLACK LEATHER JACKET | FOREVER 21 GRID PRINT JUMPSUIT | LAURA MERKIN MEG CROSSBODY BAG | ZEROUV SUNGLASSES | SILVER PAVE X RING | WHITE ASOS HEELS (SOLD OUT – SIMLAR HERE) | NAIL POLISH (LINCOLN PARK AFTER DARK | LIPSTICK (CHARLOTTE)
Photos by Mike Avery