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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 (Lol!).  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. Dressy jumpsuits are even popular now at weddings and other formal events!

Even though your body may be a little softer and rounder than it used to be, you can still rock a jumpsuit. Here are seven ways for plus size gals to look fabulous in a jumpsuit.


black plus-size cowl neck jumpsuit


Cowl Neck 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 can wash you out so you if you want to wear a dark jumpsuit you might try navy, burgundy, or dark purple.

These shades, although dark, are more lively than black and can give your aging complexion a beautiful lift.


bright pink plus-size one-shoulder jumpsuit

One Shoulder Crepe Jumpsuit at Nordstrom | At Macy’s

2. Choose Soft, Stretchy Fabric

If you’ve got curves, steer clear of tailored jumpsuits made of heavy or stiff fabrics because they add bulk.

Instead,  go for soft, stretchy jumpsuits that follow your curves. Look for jumpsuits that drape and flow, like this gorgeous one-shoulder jumpsuit above, which is elegant and figure flattering.


kelly green Plus-Size Short Flutter Sleeve Crew Neck Tie Waist Cropped Leg Jumpsuit

Flutter Sleeve, Tie-Waist Jumpsuit

3. Define Your Waist

If you wear a loose, flowy jumpsuit without somehow defining your waist, you’re going to look like you are wearing a big bag.

The best style of jumpsuit is one that nips in at the waist or just above it, or that has a belt. I like this cropped green jumpsuit because of the stylish self belt under the bust that creates a slimming hourglass shape.


Black and White Tropical Print Wide Leg Plus-Size Jumpsuit

Tropical Print Wide Leg Jumpsuit at Nordstrom | At Macy’s

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

wide leg jumpsuit

5. Opt For a Wide Leg

If you have a pear-shaped bottom or heavy thighs, stay away from jumpsuits that have skinny pant legs.  The better choice is a straight or wide-leg jumpsuit. A flowy wide- leg jumpsuit will balance your figure by giving it more of an hourglass shape.

Don’t forget to add a pair of strappy heels or sexy booties to elongate your frame and make you appear tall and slimmer.


Peach floral print off the shoulder plus-size jumpsuit

Off-The-Shoulder Jumpsuit

6. Choose a Flattering Neckline

The right neckline can make all the difference when you are saying yay or nay to a jumpsuit.

Wide Boat necklines or Off-the-shoulder necklines are excellent ways to make your shoulders and hips look more in proportion to each other.

A draped cowl neckline is soft and flattering, especially for a mature women concerned about her crepey neck.

V-neck jumpsuits, and deep scoop necklines open your chest and elongate your neck. These necklines are great if you want to look less top-heavy.


black wide leg jumpsuit with cape overlay

Foil Trim Asymmetric Popover Jumpsuit at Nordstrom | At Macy’s | At Dillard’s

7. Be Picky with Sleeves

If you are arm shy, you may want to wear a jumpsuit with long sleeves, but be careful here. Long, opaque sleeves can make your arms look heavy. You’re better off with sheer sleeves, lace sleeves,  or 3/4 length sleeves.

Sheer capes that cover the upper arms are sophisticated and elegant.

Royal blue Plus-Size Jumpsuit with Spaghetti Straps

Sleeveless, Wide-Leg Jumpsuit

8. Go Easy on Accessories

Don’t junk up your jumpsuit with gobs of jewelry as this can look very dated. This is extra true when you are wearing a print jumpsuit. Keep your look streamlined and classy by choosing a couple of unfussy, modern jewelry pieces with a touch of drama, and rock the look! 


Black Floral Jumpsuit

Floral Printed V-Neck Flutter Sleeve Overlay Jumpsuit

9. Try an Overlay Jumpsuit

Now here is a great idea. This is a chic  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.


Navy and turquoise blue patchwork print plus-size jumpsuit

Patchwork Print Wide Leg Jumpsuit



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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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