With so much occupying our attention come summer—vacations to plan, money moves to make, and poolside pics to 'gram—you've got to plan your wardrobe strategically. The spring 2018 runways, from Dior to Tibi, recognized this and offered plenty of inspiration for wearing one of the easiest, no-nonsense silhouettes known to fashion-kind: the jumpsuit. Like it or not, but this one-piece garment is going to make you look very special this year.
Jumpsuits are summer's one-and-done outfit savior, for those days when there's just too much else to think about but you still want to feel chic AF. (And who doesn't love a fashion shortcut?) Straightforward utility aside—pull on a jumpsuit, add some sandals, and you're all set—summer's coverall offerings have a little something for everyone, from utility-focused denim to strappy sateen. So on those mornings when you simply can't with everything else going on, pull on one of the following 30 jumpsuits. Then go forth and conquer your summer.
Jumpsuits are, without a doubt, a statement style. The head-to-toe, all-in-one garment creates a striking look that moves beyond a simple dress or pants and top combo, and into more fashionable territories. So why then, do so many women still avoid this trend-worthy style? Well, it isn’t always the easiest piece of clothing to pull off. Choose the wrong fit or add the wrong accessories and your jumpsuit can go from a fashion hero to a fashion zero. Luckily, we’re here to help make sure your every ensemble is seriously chic. Here is our guide on how to wear a jumpsuit like a street style star.
Choosing a Jumpsuit
Like dresses, jumpsuits come in many styles, so part of pulling off this look is all about finding the right jumpsuit for you. When shopping for a jumpsuit consider your needs. Are you after a casual jumpsuit to wear during the day or something more formal for an evening look? Do you need long sleeves to combat cold weather or will a strapless style help you beat the heat? Once you know your requirements, you can start focusing on the details. In general, styles that are fitted at the waist and then looser on the legs tend to be the most flattering. If you are tall, wide-leg jumpsuits that finish just above the ground will be highly complementary. If you are vertically challenged, you may want to opt for a slim, cropped style instead to avoid looking swamped in the fabric.
When to Wear a Jumpsuit: from formal to casual ones.
When attending formal occasions, women often fall into the mindset of thinking that a dress is their only option. While a dress may be the “safe” choice for dressing appropriately, it will rarely have the same impact as a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits can be just as beautiful and polished as a dress while offering an out-of-the-box wow factor that will earn you some serious style points. So for your next formal event try stepping out of your comfort zone and wear a jumpsuit. Choose a sleek and well-tailored style that flatters your figure, add some simple yet chic accessories, and you’re ready to go.
If you’re looking to add some serious style to your weekend wardrobe, you can’t overlook a casual jumpsuit. Relaxed, super comfortable and oh-so-chic, the casual jumpsuit is the perfect item to get you out of your jeans and t-shirt rut. Choose from cotton and denim varieties in a range of silhouettes to find the one that suits your style. In particular, loose fit jumpsuits that feature an elasticated or drawstring waist tend to be universally flattering and perfect for jumpsuit virgins. If you plan to wear flats with your jumpsuit, remember to make sure you pick a cropped style boot or lace-up sandal that finishes at or slightly above the ankles. This will help create balance and keep the look lengthened and slim.
Sales have been plenty robust to keep designers churning out jumpsuits. L.A.-based designer Tina Turk says one-pieces make up 11% of her ready-to-wear sales since her first foray designing for the trend in 2011, and Fleur du Mal’s Jennifer Zuccarini estimates 10% to 15% of her sales this season will be jumpsuits. Designer Zuhair Murad, who first designed a jumpsuit for Jennifer Lopez’s 2011 “On the Floor” video, regularly sells out his $10,000 beaded couture jumpsuits. But maybe it shouldn’t be so shocking that fused pants and tops have come to reign in fashion: they combine the classiness of a dress with the comfort of pants, can be dressed down or dressed up with different shoes and accessories, and unlike separate shirts and pants combinations, conveniently require no matching skills.
While wearing a jumpsuit may make coordinating an outfit a much simpler task than most other garments, it still requires a bit of thought. Yes, you can just wear one item of clothing, but you still need to think about how you will accessorize it. Choose the wrong accessories, and the whole look can become sloppy and unstylish. To keep things chic, plan out your outfit, paying particular attention to your shoes, jewelry, and a belt. After all, this statement style demands accessories that help it shine, so choose ones that match well. The goal is to find accessories with the dual ability to highlight your jumpsuit while breaking up its monotony at the same time.
Jumpsuit with Belts
A belt is a vital accessory to pulling off a jumpsuit, particularly if you’re still unsure about the style. By adding a belt to your jumpsuit, you’ll help define your waist in a highly flattering way. Even if the style is already fitted at the waist, a belt will help you appear slimmer and turn a column silhouette into an hourglass. For those who are still new to jumpsuits, we recommend trying a belt in a contrasting color to that of your jumpsuit. Doing so will add a new dimension to the outfit and break up the straight line of your jumpsuit, which can otherwise seem overwhelming. Try matching the color of your belt with your shoes for a well put-together outfit.
Jumpsuit with Jewellery
Jumpsuits, while being a statement style, can sometimes look a little plain without bold accessories. Block color varieties, in particular, tend to lose their wow-factor without the added outfit dimension that accessories, such as jewelry, give. Jewelry creates a secondary focus point on your outfit, making your style go beyond that of just the jumpsuit. It creates an interesting detail that will draw the eyes of those around you. Choose pieces that will stand out, such as a chunky necklace or large pendant earrings. Gold tends to look great with formal jumpsuit styles while a pop of color can add some fun to casual styles.
Jumpsuit with High Heels
While jumpsuits can be flattering, they also have a knack for pulling the eye downwards as you look at them, making you appear shorter than what you are. Wide leg and low-waisted jumpsuits, in particular, are notorious for turning average height women into mini versions of themselves. One of the best ways to combat this problem is by adding a pair of high heels to your look. The additional height that you will receive from the heels will help lengthen your legs and make you appear taller. Just make sure that you choose slim heels instead of chunky ones to keep the look slick and long.
Layering is Key
Accessories aren’t the only styling tool to help you nail the jumpsuit. Layering can also be used to help you feel comfortable while looking great. The easiest way to layer a jumpsuit is with a jacket on top. Try a blazer for formal settings or a leather jacket for casual outings. You can even tie a jacket around your waist during the day in place of a belt, to add shape definition. The other option is to layer a shirt or top underneath your jumpsuit. This is a current trend for dresses and works just as well for jumpsuits. Try a plain white T-shirt to get you started before building up to more fashionable pieces such as off-the-shoulder tops in summer and turtle-neck sweaters in winter.
How to Wear a Jumpsuit
- If you are tall, select a wide-leg jumpsuit that finishes just above the ground.
- If you are short, choose a slim, cropped style.
- For a formal event, pick a sleek and well-tailored jumpsuit that flatters your figure.
- For a cool casual look, wear a loose-fit jumpsuit that features an elasticated or drawstring waist.
- Complete your jumpsuit look with fashionable accessories, such as jewelry, shoes, and belts, or use layering to add interest.
Some time ago jumpsuits were worn largely by inmates, toddlers, and those otherworldly fashion people who are always just a few too many years ahead of the rest of us. But now, it seems the jumpsuit and its short-legged sister, the romper, are everywhere. Nearly every designer this season is offering a take on the trend. Jumpsuits have made red carpet appearances on the likes of Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, and Diane Kruger. Google searches for “jumpsuit” have risen steadily in the past three years, and Net-a-porter now has an entire “jumpsuits” category on its drop-down menu. As Lauren Sherman (an occasional Co.Design writer) explains over at Fashionista, these onesies have become an unlikely moneymaker for designers and retailers. So, why don't you sit back and get inspired by the best jumpsuits of 2018: