Jumpsuit Styling Tips

When you don’t feel like wearing  a dress and pants feel too casual a jumpsuit is a great option.

how to wear a jumpsuit Over 40

how to wear a jumpsuit Over 40


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.

Sue Donnelly - how to wear a jumpsuit casually

Image consultant Sue Donnelly looking Fab in a Jumpsuit!

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 info@fabulousafter40.com. I’d love to post it!

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  1. Fashionable Petite jumpsuit for women are gaining a tremendous fame due to their sensational and applealing deasigns. These suits brings an iconic style statement in you, while attending a party or get together.

  2. Pass. These would look horrible on an extreme pear shaped person like me. However they are nice and would not be surprised if ladies under 40, 30 and even 20s start to sport them i.e. for graduation, office parties, large seminar gatherings and business meetings etc.

  3. First time I’ve visited this site, and I’m really impressed with the info -keep up the good work!
    I love jumpsuits, but most of them are sleeveless though, which is not a good option for me, as my arms are definately not my best feature.
    To get round this, I made one last year and included sleeves and really love wearing it. The toilet issue is admittedly not great, plus I need to wear some industrial strength spanx, which again, adds to the battle in the bathroom!
    That said, I still enjoy wearing it and always receive compliments when wearing it usually by people who say they ‘would love to have the confidence to wear one’. I just say ‘get into the spanx and work the look, girlfriend!
    Have included a link to my photo, hopefully it works. I’m 45 btw


  4. Michelle Robinson Bey says:

    Hi Anne,

    You must of read my mind. I was recently in a store and saw a beautiful jumpsuit. My thought was no not on me.. being 56 and going through menopause my body has changed drastically . I think I’ll go back and try it on. Thank You

  5. Been there…done that! I hope I don’t ever have to wear one again! lol They are not flattering to me at all! Plus, Anne made a good point in her comment! teehee!

  6. Charlotte says:

    I also see the red jumpsuit as the only viable option for me–and for similar reasons, size 10=12 on bottom, 36 DDD on top (don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor!) Anyway, where did you find these pretty jumpsuits?

  7. I absolutely would wear one!!!! I loved jumpsuits back in the day…both in the 70s and in the 80s. In fact, I recently was leafing through a catalog and my beau pointed out a great red jumpsuit and said you would look awesome in that! We have an annual black tie event I would wear one to and plus I can wear it on vacation next year in Spain, thanks for giving me a GREAT idea!! it’s like a great dress change the accessories and viola a brand new look!!!!!

  8. This article hit a home run for me! Jumpsuits make the most comfortable travel outfits. You can dress them up or down, heals or flats. I’m shopping for one today! Thanks!

  9. I think jumpsuits can be very elongating and flattering. Thanks for the tips!

  10. Awesome tips! I always cringe when women of any age say they are to “young” for styles that not too young at all! Confidence is always the best accessory. Anne makes a good point functionality first :)

  11. Wanda in Edmonton says:

    I like them all, but the red one is the only I could really ‘pull off’. I have a large bust and small bottom. (Read “H” cup; size 10 or 12 top and Size 2 bottom.) They don’t make strapless bras with enough power to hold me up, so I avoid strapless styles and those with spaghetti/skinny straps.

  12. All 4 of these jumpsuits are really pretty. Yes, I would wear one!

  13. I’ve never loved the jumpsuit, but you have shown some cute examples. And I kind of like the retro, ’70s sort of vibe. But there’s another issue that doesn’t exactly get better over 40. Shall we call it the “peeing problem?” Bathroom trips are inconvenient enough as it is! Forgive my bluntness, but this is the first thing that comes to mind……

    • Hi Anne,
      LOL… really good point. If you do decide to go with this fun trend, make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to visit the toilet. You are right, getting in and out of it can be tricky. Good to think about before investing in a jumpsuit!