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.
Even if your body is a little rounder and heavier than before, you can still rock a jumpsuit. Here are seven ways to look sophisticated and slim in this 70’s inspired trend.
1. Consider a Dark Color
Solid colors are more slimming than prints. Dark colors hide pounds more than light/bright colors but don’t think that black is your only choice. If black washes you out, try another dark neutral like navy. It’s just as slimming but more lively.
2. Choose Soft, High-Quality Fabrics
When your body is curvy, soft, flowing, stretchy fabrics that follow your figure are more flattering than stiff, crisp fabrics which add bulk. Take a look at these plus-size jumpsuits below that drape the body beautifully!
3. Define Your Waist
If you try to wear a jumpsuit without somehow defining your waist (especially a loose, flowy type of jumpsuit), you are going to look like you are wearing a big garbage bag. It would help if you whittled your middle to create more of an hourglass shape, and the best way to do this is by 1) choosing a jumpsuit that has a definite waistline or 2) belting your middle in a tasteful but not tight way. The most flattering style of jumpsuit cinches in just above your natural waistline instead of right at it.
4. Flatten Your Tummy
Some jumpsuits can be clingy. If you carry your weight in your tummy, this can be a problem. High waist shapewear panties can help smooth and flatten your middle. Jumpsuits with Draping and ruching can also trick the eye into making the tummy look less prominent.
5. Go For a Wide Leg
If you have pear-shaped bottom or heavy thighs, stay away from skinny leg jumpsuits. Instead, go for a jumpsuit with a wide or flared leg to give you more of an hourglass shape. Don’t forget to wear a pair of strappy heels or sexy booties to elongate your frame and make you look tall and slender.
6. Choose a Flattering Neckline
The right neckline can make all the difference, whether you say yay or nay to a jumpsuit. A boat neckline is an excellent way to balance visually out wide hips. A V-neck or deep scoop neckline makes your neck appear longer, which in turn makes you look taller. If you are big-busted, a V-neckline or a wide scoop neckline is the most look slimming.
8. Sleeves Can Help
If you worry about arm jiggle, then you may want to find a jumpsuit with long sleeves, but you have to be careful here. Long, opaque sleeves can make your whole look heavy. You are better to go for sheer sleeves, lace sleeves, or 3/4 length sleeves, which are very flattering. All these types of sleeves let some skin show which is more attractive and youthful.
7. Go Easy on Accessories
You want to look modern and sleek, so don’t junk up your jumpsuit with gobs of jewelry. Keep your look streamlined and classy by choosing a couple of pieces of unfussy, modern jewelry with a touch of drama to look sophisticated.
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I need more styling ideas for how to wear a jumpsuit. Take a look at these celebrities over 40 who have been spotted wearing dressy jumpsuits at awards shows and parties. They look fabulous and you can too!