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I’m a fan of jumpsuits, this is a known fact, but I know I’m not alone when trying to switch up wearing the same jumpsuit(s). Here are some of my best tips when it comes to jumpsuits: how to wear them, where to wear them and switching up the style.
Casual to Formal
You don’t always have to wear a dress to your formal event. Yes, it’s a safe option, but for many occasions, a great jumpsuit, will stand out and you’ll be the knock-out. For a casual look, wear flats, for a more polished look, wear heels.
Polishing your jumpsuit can be done with chic and minimal accessories with your hair pinned up. Hair up elongates your neck (and a strapless jumpsuit elongates your entire décolletage giving the allusion of length, i.e. height.) You can also choose a jumpsuit that’s more sleek, tailored and figure flattering.
In place of suiting: Get relaxed and chic at the office with a grey, black or dark checkered or ink fabrics that have the looks-corporatey-enough characteristic. Incorporate some great style tips below to up the style to your solid jumpsuit.
Finding a jumpsuit that fits your body perfectly is key to looking polished and put together. Don’t wear a jumpsuit that is too tight or too loose.
If you wear a jumpsuit that’s too tight, it will hug the wrong places…if it’s too tight and shirt length wise, “Hello, Cameltoe.” . If you wear a jumpsuit that is too loose, you will lose your figure and it will look frumpy.
I am all one for print mixing…it shows off my character and personal style and it also adds depth (dimension) and texture. The easiest way to do this is by adding a jacket. For casual looks, I’ve even topped my jumpsuit with button down blouses and sweaters (in colder months). You can also layer a shirt under your jumpsuit if you are headed to the office.
When selecting a layer, over or under, think about the occasion. Fitted blazers for formal events, cocktail parties or if work is business professional. An unbuttoned top is great for a casual date for lunch or tie a sweater around your waist to act as “a belt”.
Expert Tip: Accentuate Your Figure
A belt can be a vital accessory to pulling off a jumpsuit, particularly if you’re still unsure about the style. Adding a belt will automatically define your waist and give you an hourglass silhouette. It’s also a great way to break up a solid color and the straight line of jumpsuit by adding dimension. You can also define your waist by cinching it with a brooch!
In terms of height, I’m in the middle. I’m 5’7 with a short torso…which means my legs are long. Things can look jacked up real quick. I alleviate this problem (even with pants) simply by wearing heels. Wearing flats will not elongate you and will definitely tell the story that ‘your pants are too short’. Actually, if the jumpsuit is naturally cut shorter, any height variation can add heels to give a cropped style. Length of your jumpsuit is again, driven by occasion. Shorter cropped styles are more casual while full length are more formal.
Let me know if any of these tips are helpful.