If you want to look current and casual, then why not try a jumpsuit?
Now, before you put the brakes on and tell me, ” I wore a jumpsuit in the 80’s but would look hideous in one today,” please keep an open mind. Today’s jumpsuits run the range form casual to elegant and everything in between.
Here are a few tips for styling a jumpsuit that will give you the confidence to wear one.
1. Nip In Your Waist
It’s all about having shape, right? If you’re worried you might end up looking 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 tailoring, a belt, sash, some elastic..something, so you don’t look like a big tree trunk.
See how this floral cropped jumpsuit gently nips in at the model’s waist. You don’t need a lot of definition, even a little will help create a flattering silhouette.
2. Proportion is Key
Proportion is especially important when it comes to looking fabulous in a jumpsuit. If you have medium to long legs, then you can wear a jumpsuit with wide, flowing pant legs. If you petite or have short legs, you’ll be swallowed up by a ton of material, so go for a slimmer leg and watch that the length of the jumpsuit doesn’t overwhelm your small frame.
Big busted or very wide shoulders? Then You’ll want to go wider on the bottom to balance out your bottom half. Skinny leg jumpsuits will make you look like an ice cream cone about to topple over.
Small chest/narrow shoulders, and wide hips? Then for your pear shape, you need to choose a jumpsuit that is more blousy up top or has more shoulder detail. This will make you look wider up top and balance out your lower half, so you don’t look like you are all hips.
3. Consider Color and Pattern
All one color is more slimming than one color on top and a different color on the bottom. The change in color creates a break point on your body and that tends to have a shortening effect.
Another good way to go is with an all-over print. It also doesn’t have a break point and can be effective in distracting the eye from problem areas.
If you go with a print, keep it in proportion to your frame. Larger gals can wear larger prints but don’t go huge, or you will look like a circus clown.
4. Wear the Right Shoes
With a casual jumpsuit, you can wear flats such as a gladiator or sandal but a pump, chunky heeled mule or strappy high heel gives you that long lean look we all crave. The right shoe can make all the difference to looking fabulous in a jumpsuit. Don’t wear anything clunky or masculine. Keep your heels feminine, pretty and fun.
This breezy striped jumpsuit is an easy piece that would be great for a resort, a Saturday morning spent wandering through antique stores. And of course followed with a coffee at an outdoor cafe. The casual vibes demands a casual shoe.
5. Throw On a Jacket
Some of us avoid jumpsuits because there are many styles that are a little bare up top- i.e., halter or strapless. The solution 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
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