Dressy Jumpsuits – A Great Alternative to Party Dresses

Party season is about to begin, which means you’ll soon be shopping for the perfect holiday party cocktail dress. But think about this first. Would you wear a dressy jumpsuit instead? This year, evening jumpsuits are stealing the spotlight. They’re classy, comfortable and look pretty darn sexy.lace jumpsuit

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Here’s a gorgeous black jumpsuit by DVF that a has a wrap style lace bodice and 3/4 length sleeves. Black lace jumpsuits are trending at the moment. I think this one is absolutely stunning, but then DVF is my favorite designer. She really knows how to make a woman’s body look fab.

Wear this jumpsuit with elegant suede booties and lots of gold. Then throw in an unexpected twist by adding a small bag or a clutch in a pretty pastel, like blue or blush. Pastels mixed with black soften the edginess of all black and make this outfit look totally modern.

Still not convinced you’d wear a jumpsuit at your age? All the stars are wearing them, including many over 40, 50 and more.

black jumpsuit Muriel Hemmingway
Here’s Muriel Hemmingway in a gorgeous skinny leg jumpsuit with chiffon sleeves. Chiffon sleeves are a clever way to cover the arms, but not weigh down your look.

pink jumpsuit Ellen Pompeo
Elle Pompeo looks peachy in this pretty blush jumpsuit, although it appears she didn’t have time to have her seamstress hem her pant legs. Oops…

white jumpsuit - Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman chose an ivory jumpsuit for this dressy occasion. She’s in her 50’s. I like the way she belted her jumpsuit. Wide belts like this are another big trend you’ll see this fall. They are one of many ways for how to wear a jumpsuit.

black jumpsuit jennifer aniston
Jennifer Aniston looks tanned, relaxed and fab in her alluring black halter jumpsuit that has a bit of a 70’s retro feel. Cool!

What about you? Would you wear a dressy jumpsuit to a cocktail party? Let me know why, or why not. Here’s a look at some other fab jumpsuits in stores right now.

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  1. Tina Echevarria says:

    I love the look of the jumpsuit but at only 5’2″, I have a really hard time finding one that fits well. I would love to see pictures of a nice jumpsuit that will suit a petite woman.

  2. I really like the elegant look of the jumpsuit but I always wonder how easy it would be when using the ladies room in a restaurant when the stalls are somewhat small. Could you tell me how one would get in and out of a jumpsuit?

  3. I’ve always loved the idea of jumpsuits, but even though I’m “only” 5’7″ I have a super long torso and rather large breasts. I remember trying to wear jumpsuits in my teens and ending up with “camel toe” and a “wedgie.” I guess the tall model types have them custom made. I can never find one piece swimsuits either.

    A Frustrated 45yo

  4. I just hit my mid 40’s and I love the jumpsuit trend, especially DVF’s, but cannot afford to drop $598 on one outfit. Are there websites, stores, or designers that are comparable in style but more affordable? Don’t want to be cheap, but I’m looking for one around $150.

  5. Deb Warlick says:

    I’ve just turned 56 and I have a couple of jumpsuits. My favorite “go to” is a black strapless with palazzo style pants. I get a lot of compliments when I wear it and the best part of all is a few accessories and you’re totally dressed, yet feel as though you’re wearing jammies.

  6. I love the look of these on talk people – not feeling confident at 5’2!!! I also agree with the comment on length – a few of the photos seem to me to have gone from elegant to daggy because the length drags on the floor – not a classy look for anyone in my humble opinion.

    • Hi Lisa, I think a lot of these stars get loaned things last minute and they go as is. A jumpsuit should be long, but not dragging on the floor- just a touch from the floor is good if the jumpsuit has wide legs to give you that sweeping effect like a maxi dress. Cheers, Deborah

  7. At 52, I wore a pants suit for my daughters evening Bridal Shower. It was great. I bought another one that I wore for the engagement party! They are the best! Now, I just wear them whenever I want to really “do me”!

  8. I actually planned on purchasing a black jumpsuit for the holidays within this next week. They can look very elegant, and finding the perfect one which can be dressed up or down is my mission right now! I think I will need to wear really good body support underneath, and it will be a pain when I need to use the ladies room, but it may be worth it. I am really liking the jumpsuit, plus I like to stay “current” in fashion!.

  9. Cindy Nielsen says:

    I’m 56, and also tall and fairly slim (though a bit squidgy). I used to wear jumpsuits in the early 80s, and see they’re back in fashion. I’ve seen a couple online that I absolutely loved, but thought I may be too old – but they weren’t tight fitting or low cut, or anything else, so WHY do I hesitate?

    Thanks for the post. Did you end up buying one for yourself? I think I’m going to buy one from Revolve. It’s by Wilt, and is a comfy slub cotton, with a drawstring waist to give it shape… What the heck…

  10. I’m in my 50’s and would definitely wear a jumpsuit if it looked good. A black smart type with chunky jewellery would look fab.

  11. I love jumpsuits, find them sooo comfy especially in the summer.

  12. Hi. I’m 57, slightly overweight, and just purchased a FABULOUS chocolate brown knit jumpsuit that looks dynamine on me. Age is relative ladies.

  13. I love the look of a jumpsuit. We are seeing them ALL over the South of France right now. I am 5’10”, so they don’t fit me (most French women are quite a bit shorter!) but I am hoping to find one when I come to the US this summer!

    • Hi Megan,
      Thanks for writing in and giving me an update from the South of France!! We are just entering warm weather back east so should start seeing them around too.
      Anyone out in LA or the South seeing them???
      Please send photos! This is definitely a new trend~

  14. If you are slim, a jumpsuit will look good on you. I remember I had one when I was young.

  15. I just turned 40 and am only 5’4 and bought a fabulous black jersey knit jumpsuit. The pants are long and wide legged and the top is like a sleeveless wrap. I have pulled this off at weddings and parties and feel so comfortable in it. I usually wear it it with cage high heels and a simple long necklace. it is a fun trend!

  16. Deborah, yes I’m definitely with you – love the long dresses. We’ve just seen a lot around in our Summer (I’m an Aussie) & am looking forward to them being around for a long time yet. Had to laugh at the ladies room dilemma comment re the jumpsuit & yes I do recall – what a business that was.

  17. Hi Lucy,
    Love all the different opinions! You are right, it is not for everyone, so it is interesting to hear the pros and cons!
    Something like a jumpsuit might just take the right gal with the right attitude to pull it off.
    We are still seeing lots of long dresses for Spring (like last Spring). That might be an easier alternative than going with a jumpsuit.

  18. Nah not for me, at almost 45 I think I’ll pass. If I can remember wearing it the first time around I’m definitely too old to be wearing it the second time around. Leave it for the teens & twentysomethings I think, maybe early thirties at a push. A bit too try hard for me but hey that’s just my opinion.

  19. If the jumsuit were offered in petite then I might give it a try in a conservative style and color.

  20. Hi Deborah, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the tips and advice you give you make us feel very confident navigating our mature years. I trust your advice and often recommend your site to my friends who are amazed on how knowledgeable I seem to be. LOL
    Thanks again keep up the good work we NEED you!

  21. Like you, Deborah, I had a favorite jumpsuit in the 80’s. Mine was actually animal print — really, it was amazing (and even understated for animal print). I wore it until it had holes! I would consider one again (I especially love the one here with the cowl neck but I wish it came in chocolate brown instead of black) — somehow I’m just not sure I want to (let me be frank) have to take the whole thing off to use the ladies room — maybe just too much trouble, but I’m open. I can safely say, however, that I am so not a fan of the rompers — I’ll leave those to the teenagers!

    • Hi Ginger,
      My favorite jumpsuit was a crisp, white, shiny cotton one with a fitted waistband that I bought in Hawaii. It had white zippers all over it. I also remember a lilac one when I was about 19 that was more flowy and dressy.
      Too bad there’s so much black out there now. Chocolate brown is so much softer, and navy would be better for me than black. Black seems to wash me out these days.
      As for those rompers, I totally agree. I was looking at some and thought they’d look really silly on a grown up gal!
      Cheers, Deborah

  22. The black is the most versatile and can add inches to the more petite. The fun part is putting a fabulous belt w/ texture or metallic that changes the look instantly. I’m tall, so I find the challenging part is the torso length and the rise. Not so comfy. But love the elegance and ease of it overall.

    • Thanks for your suggestion Leslie,
      I love the way accessories can magically change an outfit. Great jewelry can transform too as well as gorgeous shoes. That’s where you can bring some personality in.