If you have a formal event to attend and you’re shopping around for a fancy dress, think about this. How about wearing a dressy jumpsuit, instead? Dressy jumpsuits can be just as lovely and glamorous as cocktail dresses. Plus, they’re comfy and modern too.
These days they’re more popular than ever, yet many gals are still confused about where it is appropriate to wear a formal jumpsuit and how to style one, so here’s a rundown.
Wear a Dressy Jumpsuit to a
- Cocktail party
- Special Occasion Birthday Party
- Fancy Restaurant/Date
- Formal Charity function
- Holiday Party (Including Company party)
- Dressy Wedding/Baby Shower
- Red carpet type occasion
I’ve listed a lot of places where it’s fine to wear a dressy jumpsuit (which may surprise you), but here’s the key. If you are going to wear a dressy jumpsuit to one of the functions above, be mindful of the type of jumpsuit you choose and how you style it. Here are some tips on wearing a dressy jumpsuit to look classy and appropriate for these special occasions.
1. Choose a Sleek, Tailored Jumpsuit
A formal occasion calls for a more tailored jumpsuit. Whether you choose a slim-cropped style or a more soft, flowy wide-leg jumpsuit, it needs to be well cut and provide structure and shape. This is especially important at 40+ when our bodies tend to be a little softer and rounder. Be sure your jumpsuit nips in at the waist. This looks more formal and feminine. Many necklines will work, but A V-neck is always very flattering.
2. Fit is Key
Jumpsuits can be tricky. If you don’t get the right fit, you can look shorter, wider, or just plain sloppy. Your jumpsuit needs to fits perfectly if you are going to wear it to a formal event- not too tight like a catsuit or not too long in the crotch or hanging down in the bum. Petite gals have to be careful they don’t look swamped in fabric. A slim cropped style helps with this. Make sure the legs don’t bunch up at the ankles.
3. Solid Colors are Best
Black is a trendy color for dressy jumpsuits for two reasons: it’s formal and slimming. Other solid neutrals like navy, white, blush, and burgundy always look classy. Depending on the event or time of year, a solid brightly colored can work too. Prints don’t look formal, so save those print jumpsuits for more casual events.
4. Accessories Matter
The right bag and proper jewelry have a huge impact on creating a polished, formal look. Try a dressy clutch for best results or a small, structured bag. Stay away from soft bags with boho style or heavy looking daytime bags.
Jumpsuits can look a little plain without accessories for dressy events. Don’t be afraid to choose a bold piece to stand out in, such as a cuff bracelet, chunky necklace, or chandelier earrings. Be careful you don’t overdo it and look gaudy. Gold, silver, and gemstones look sophisticated worn with formal jumpsuits, while colored costume jewelry is more casual.
5. High Heels, Please!
A gorgeous pair of sleek high heels will really dress up your jumpsuit and make you look tall, slim, and elegant. Sexy heels look fabulous with wide-leg evening jumpsuits. You can wear heels or very dressy flats with ankle cropped slim leg jumpsuits. An evening shoe with some embellishment always looks formal.
5. Check Your Hair and Make-Up
When you are wearing a formal jumpsuit, make sure your hair looks special too. Wearing it up looks beautiful, but you can wear it down too. Just be sure you spend some time to style it. You don’t want your hair to make you look like you just walked off the beach. Makeup should be classic or sexy. Red lips look great with a formal black jumpsuit, and you may want to throw on a touch of bronzer if you find black washes you out.
7. Wear a Jacket
If you want extra style points, try adding an evening jacket to your jumpsuit or drape one around your shoulders. This creates a very chic, polished look and helps when the air conditioning is blowing and your jumpsuit is sleeveless. Take it on and off and on as needed during the evening.
8. A Cropped Jumpsuit can be Dressy
The newest type of jumpsuit is a cropped flare jumpsuit, and it can be dressing depending on the material how you accessorize it.
Here are a few dressy jumpsuits that are trending right now:
If you like a super feminine touch, you’ll love this, or one of the many evening jumpsuits out there in all white. This one has a fabulously beaded neckline, which makes it formal. White looks especially good in warm climates. If you can’t wear heels but need height, a pair of dressy wedges can work with a wide-leg pantsuit.
Lace always adds a formal element to anything, and such is the case with this jumpsuit. This feminine lace top jumpsuit would be perfect for a formal evening event, including Christmas or New Year’s.
Off The Shoulder Jumpsuit
If the event you are attending is in summer or has a festive party theme, then a bold, colorful jumpsuit like this can make an exciting style statement. This exotic off the shoulder coral jumpsuit is glamorous, sexy, and a real head turner!
Purple is always a regal color, and this eggplant shade is understated and classy. The boat neckline is especially great for gals with wider hips and small shoulders who want to even things out up top by creating more of an hourglass silhouette. See how this gorgeous statement necklace really kicks things up a notch? When you wear a major necklace like this, keep your earrings simple not to look gaudy.
This navy halter jumpsuit has a sexy vibe. It would better suit a cocktail party or trip to Las Vegas than a wedding, where more coverage is appropriate.
Red Carpet Events
Check out these stars in their dressy jumpsuits on the red carpet!
Muriel Hemmingway looks fab 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.
Ellen Pompeo looks peachy in this pretty blush jumpsuit, which suits her coloring. However, the jumpsuit is too baggy in the crotch, and it appears she didn’t have time to hem her pant legs. Oops…
Felicity Huffman chose an ivory jumpsuit for this dressy occasion. She’s in her 50’s. I like the way she belted her jumpsuit, but the hem of her pants is a mess too. This jumpsuit must be borrowed for the night!
Jennifer Aniston has worn a lot of jumpsuits in the last few years. She looks tanned, relaxed, and fab in her black, full leg jumpsuit with a 70’s retro feel. These are just a few ideas on how to wear a jumpsuit.