Are you looking for something cute and easy to update your style over 40? Then try a spring jumpsuit! Now, before you put the brakes on and tell me, ” I wore a jumpsuit in the ’80s but would look hideous in one today,” please read on. Here are five style tips guaranteed to give you the confidence to wear a jumpsuit at any age.
1. Nip In Your Waist
It’s all about having shape. If you’re worried you might look like a giant blob in a jumpsuit, the trick is to get a jumpsuit that defines your waist. You want to make sure your 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 striped cropped jumpsuit gently nips in and ties at the waist? You don’t need a lot of definition; even a little will help create a flattering silhouette.
2. Proportion is Key
Proportion is significant when it comes to looking fabulous in a jumpsuit. If you have medium to long legs, you can wear a jumpsuit with broad, flowing pant legs. If you are 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, 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.
Rectangle Figure – A skinny leg jumpsuit is flattering on a boyish figure.
Small chest/narrow shoulders and wide hips? This means you are a pear shape. Choose a jumpsuit with wide legs to flatter your wide bottom half. Make sure it is blousy up top or has shoulder detail to build width and create more of an hourglass shape. This green floral jumpsuit is an excellent example of a jumpsuit that would work for a pear-shaped figure.
3. Consider Color and Pattern
One head-to-toe color is more slimming than two different colors, top, and bottom. The color change creates a breakpoint on your body which has a shortening effect.
An all-over print also doesn’t have a breakpoint and can be effective in distracting the eye from problem areas. However, if you go with a print, keep it in proportion to your frame. Small gals should wear small prints. 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 spring/summer jumpsuit, you can wear flat sandals, but a block heel sandal 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, or you will look frumpy. Keep your heels feminine, pretty, and fun.
5. Throw On a Jacket
Some women avoid jumpsuits that are bare up top, such as a halter or strapless style. The solution is to wear a jacket with your jumpsuit. It will keep you warm, hide your arms, and look very sporty and chic. For example, a black strapless jumpsuit with a bright coral jacket is striking. Make sure to hike up ” the girls” with a good bra, and great shapewear works wonders too