When you don’t feel like wearing a dress and pants feel too casual a jumpsuit is a great option.
Now, before you put the brakes on and tell us, ” I wore a jumpsuit in the 80’s, but would look hideous in one today”, please keep an open mind. I have a few tips for how to wear a jumpsuit with style.
1. Define Your Waist
It’s all about having shape, right? You worry you are going to look like a giant blob in a jumpsuit. The trick is to get a jumpsuit that defines your waist. You want to make sure you jumpsuit nips in at your waist with a belt, sash, some elastic..something so you don’t look like a big tree trunk.
2. Proportion is Important
Proportion is especially important when it comes to looking fabulous after 40 in a jumpsuit. If you have long legs then you can wear a jumpsuit with wide, flowing elephant pant legs. If you are short and petite, you’ll be swallowed up by a ton of material, so go for a slimmer leg and watch the length of the jumpsuit doesn’t overwhelm your small frame.
Big busted?-Then you’ll want to go wider on the bottom to balance you out. Skinny leg jumpsuits will make you look like an ice cream cone about to topple over. Do you have a small chest and shoulders, but have wider hips? Then for your pear shape you need to choose a jumpsuit with a top that is more blousy up top, or has more shoulder detail. This will balance your lower half so you don’t look like you are all hips.
3. Wear a Jacket
Some of us avoid jumpsuits because there are many styles that are a little bare up top- ie halter or strapless. The solution to this is to wear a jacket with your jumpsuit. It will keep you warm, hide your arms and looks very sporty, and chic. For example a black strapless jumpsuit with a bright coral jacket would look striking. Make sure to hike up ” the girls” with a good bra and great shapewear works wonders too.
4. Think about Color
All one color is more slimming than one color on top and a different color on the bottom. Solids are more slimming than prints.
5. Choose the Right Shoes
You can wear flats – gladiator sandals look stylish, or you can wear heels – peep toe or strappy are cute. The right shoe can make all the difference to looking fabulous in a jumpsuit. Nothing clunky or masculine. Keep it feminine, pretty and fun.
Whether you are chilling out or glamming it up, this 80’s throwback look can really make you look fab! Do you own a jumpsuit? How do you wear it? Send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to post it!