Jumpsuits: No Longer Just for Men at Work?

My advice, be very careful when buying them.  While you may be drawn to the gorgeous candy colours, unless you are tall and skinny, stick to black or dark shades and go for a nice deep v-neck, rather than a strapless.  And if you’re curvy, make sure you wear a belt and heels to accentuate them.

Lily Allen rocks her jumpsuit.
One jumpsuit, 2 ways to wear it.  

Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs and Chloè all showed off their take on the jumpsuit and I am sure you’ll find their designs will soon trickle down into high street stores like Sportsgirl, Witchery, Max, Topshop, etc.

Of course the celebs are usually some of the first to jump on a trend.

I think that the jumpsuit could be the new shirt dress… a simple wardrobe staple because you can just throw it on and go.  What more could a girl ask for?

This is such a gorgeous look for summer.  Especially for us here in the Southern Hemisphere where we prefer a more laid-back look and where casual chic is our credo.

As seen on the Preen runway, so über comfortable, n’est-ce pas?

I love how they can be dressed up or down, are all in one, they vary in length from short rompers to long and flowing pantsuits.  And by changing the fabric, you thereby change the mood.

When worn short, they are a great way to show off your legs, you can pair them with heels of any height or you can wear them with your flats, a nice pair of gladiators do the trick every time.

If you want to look fashion forward, feminine and show off your curves, then get a jumpsuit.  There are some that may take a more daring woman to wear, but I promise you, there are plenty out there for those of us that like to remain casual, even in the evening.  Subtle styles dominate the jumpsuit so it won’t be difficult to find one to suit you.

The jumpsuit is another one of those trends (think Harem pants) that have been subtly sneaking back into our wardrobe.  They were super chic in the 70’s; long or short, flowing and elegant.  But,we are NOT talking Elvis here, far from it!
They are fun to wear and chic to boot, there are literally an unlimited number of beautiful colours, styles and designs to choose from, so don’t be afraid.  They are being seen in cotton, linen, flowing fabrics, denim and glitter too.

Bare legs for day look best with your short jumpsuit.  Try it with a cropped jacket or cardigan, gorgeous accessories like chunky bangles and necklaces or a pashmina.  Try flats with your tight fitting jumpsuits and heels with your more flowing numbers.

Jumpsuits are a must for the Spring/Summer season.  I know you’re cringing, but don’t, because if you take a leap of faith and jump in (pardon the pun), you will find these a valuable addition to your wardrobe.  Dressed up or dressed down, they are a trend that isn’t going away and could even end up as a favourite basic of every girl’s wardrobe (shock horror!)

And yes, while the celebs do look very chic and super cute in their jumpsuits, and many of us will look great too, it is important to remember that THE KEY TO STYLE IS TO DO WHAT YOU WANT.  

Ciao for now,


Sources: Vanessa Jackman, Refinery29, WhoWhatWear, ElleUK, My Fashion Plate.

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