Jumpsuits have become a huge trend over the last few years, popping up in low-end stores like Forever 21 to higher-end shops like J.Crew. It might seem odd to consider them a versatile piece–and I certainly wouldn’t recommend adding a ton–but one or two can be a nice dress-alternative to have in your closet.
Like dresses, jumpsuits share that lovely quality of being one-and-done outfit options. But, another nice aspect of jumpsuits is that they fall into this middle ground between formal and informal… you can have your cake and eat it too, so to say.
In the world of dresses, floor length usually equates to formal. Jumpsuits, on the other hand, can work for a variety of different events, as long as you stick with a few specific characteristics. You could easily wear your jumpsuit for date night, brunch with friends, a bridal shower, bachelorette party or even a wedding with these few tips mind.
Choose a durable fabric
Heavier fabrics, unlike jersey or cotton, will look dressier and hold up longer through normal wash and wear.
If you’re petite, opt for a wider leg opening
Wide legs and a monochromatic outfit are great for petites. Add a pointed toe or sandal heel high enough that the jumpsuit skims the top of the shoe and you’ll instantly create the illusion of longer legs.
Choose one with a defined waistline and sturdy straps
For dressier occasions, stay away from versions with a “blousy” or drop waist. Instead, find a fit that cinches at your natural waist to create an hourglass silhouette.
Start with a dark, solid color or simple print
There’s no going wrong in all black or a dark navy. These colors are known to be slimming, and most women feel most confident in black for good reason. Certain prints can also be camouflaging when you choose something with smaller patterns, like floral or polka dots. My preference is to choose a dark color with minimal or no print, and instead have fun with my add-ons.. which brings me to my next point…
Layer on accessories
This is where the fun comes in. Add a statement earring to a V-neck shape, or a long lariat necklace with a higher cut neckline. Layer on bracelets, bangles and a watch. Add a metallic heel or strappy sandal, or grab a statement clutch. When you’re wearing such a simple silhouette, you have the flexibility to play with your accessories a bit more.
Below I’ve picked out some options that I think would be ideal for adding a new dimension to your wardrobe, and they are available at a variety of price points. Click any of the images below to shop.