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Plus Size? How to Rock a Jumpsuit Over 40!

You probably wore a jumpsuit back in the ’70s, along with Charlie’s Angels.  Can you wear one now at 40+ without looking like a bad flashback?…. Absolutely!  A jumpsuit is an elegant option when you don’t feel like wearing a dress but want to look sexy and modern. The dressy ones have even become popular at weddings and other formal events!

Even if your body is a little rounder and heavier than before, you can still rock a jumpsuit. Here are seven ways to look sleek and sophisticated. 

black plus-size wrap jumpsuit

Black, Wrap-Style Jumpsuit

1. Consider a Dark Color

It’s just a fact. Dark colors are more slimming  than light/bright colors and hide pounds better than prints. But don’t think solid black is your only choice for a jumpsuit. A black jumpsuit is always chic, but try another dark color like navy, burgundy, or dark purple if it washes you out. These colors are more lively and can give your aging complexion a beautiful lift.


Asymmetric One Shoulder Plus-Size Jumpsuit

Asymmetric One-Shoulder Jumpsuit

2. Choose Soft, Stretchy Fabric

If you’ve got curves, steer clear of tailored jumpsuits made of heavy or stiff fabrics because they just add bulk. Instead,  go for soft, stretchy jumpsuits that follow your rounded figure. Jumpsuits that drape and flow, like this gorgeous burgundy jumpsuit above, are super flattering.


Chiffon Cowl Neck Sleeveless Blouson Wrap Plus-Size Jumpsuit

Chiffon Cowl Neck Sleeveless Blouson Wrap Jumpsuit

3. Define Your Waist

If you wear a loose, flowy jumpsuit without somehow defining your waist, you’ll look like you are wearing a baggy, plastic garbage bag. The best jumpsuit style is one that nips in at the waist or has a belt, especially if it sits just above your natural waistline instead of right at it. I like this green one because of the exciting and very flattering twist tie front that helps give you an hourglass shape.


Twist Front Short Sleeve V-Neck Plus-Size Jumpsuit

Twist Front Short Sleeve V-Neck Jumpsuit

4. Embrace  Shapewear

Some jumpsuits can be clingy. This can be a problem if you carry your weight in your tummy. High-waist shapewear panties can help smooth and flatten your middle. Jumpsuits with ruching can also trick the eye into making the stomach look less prominent.

One piece jumpsuits for women - wide leg

straight leg jumpsuit | wide leg jumpsuit

5. Opt For a Wide Leg

If you have a pear-shaped bottom or heavy thighs, avoid skinny-leg jumpsuits. A jumpsuit with a soft, straight leg or a flowy wide leg will help create more of an hourglass shape. Don’t forget to add a pair of strappy heels or sexy booties to elongate your body and make you look tall and slender.


Off-The-Shoulder Poncho Plus-Size Jumpsuit

Off-The-Shoulder Poncho Jumpsuit

6. Choose a Flattering Neckline

The right neckline can make all the difference when you are saying yay or nay to a jumpsuit. A boat neckline or an off-the-shoulder style is an excellent way to balance visually out wide hips. A draped cowl neck is soft and flattering, especially for mature women concerned about a creepy neck. A V-neck jumpsuit or one with a deep scoop neckline will make your neck appear longer, which makes you look taller.  Big busted? Try a V-neck or a wide scoop neckline to open up your chest and make you look less top-heavy.


Foil Trim Asymmetric Popover Jumpsuit

7. Be Picky with Sleeves

If you worry about arm jiggle, you may want to wear a jumpsuit with long sleeves, but you should be careful here. Long, opaque sleeves can make your body look heavy. You’re better off with sheer, lace,  or 3/4 length sleeves. Sheer capes that cover the arms down to the elbow are elegant, flattering, and very on-trend right now.

 Floral Printed V-Neck Flutter Sleeve Overlay Plus-Size Jumpsuit

Floral Printed V-Neck Flutter Sleeve Overlay Jumpsuit

8. Try an Overlay Jumpsuit

Now here is a great idea. You don’t see these often, so I’d snap it up if you like this. This is a cute straight-leg black jumpsuit with a sheer floral overlay. I love this layered look and the slimming illusion. An open print ruana like this over an all-black column of color draws the eye up and down and will make you look very statuesque.

Animal-Print Flutter-Sleeve Plus-Size Jumpsuit

Animal-Print Flutter-Sleeve Jumpsuit

9. Go Easy on Accessories

You want to look modern and sleek, so don’t junk up your jumpsuit with gobs of jewelry. This is especially true when you are wearing a  print. Keep your look streamlined and classy by choosing a couple of unfussy, modern jewelry pieces with a touch of drama  and rock the look! 

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Want more ideas for how to wear a jumpsuit for special occasions? Check out this post.

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4 thoughts on “Plus Size? How to Rock a Jumpsuit Over 40!

  1. I think a bodycon variation on this look, like a solid black tank unitard with a cardigan or moto jacket over it and cute boots…would add some date-night spice and flattering retro-Mod flair!

  2. I just bought two jumpsuits! I love them! They are both tailored and sophisticated! Welcome back, jumpsuits!!!

    1. Great tips here! The jumpsuit can be a fantastic outfit. So many beautiful styles, prints, and colors. Better than those frumpy dresses, which can be restricting too. So many jumpsuits to choose from; they are versatile to wear anywhere and great with heels, wedges, and flip-flops. Cool, modern, and trendy for any age but may not suit everybody, but the choice out there, I’m sure there is one for every woman. I have a pull-on beach jumpsuit and one for lunch with the ladies. Be daring, ditch the dress, and have fun!

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