Jumpsuits are, without a doubt, a statement style. The head-to-toe, all-in-one garment creates a striking look that moves beyond a simple dress or pants and top combo, and into more fashionable territories. So why then, do so many women still avoid this trend-worthy style? Well, it isn’t always the easiest piece of clothing to pull off. Choose the wrong fit or add the wrong accessories and your jumpsuit can go from a fashion hero to a fashion zero quick. The trick to making this look work for you is all in the styling. Follow this simple guide and you’ll be wearing jumpsuits like a style expert in no time. We bet that they’ll even become your new wardrobe staple!
9 Styling Tips on Wearing a Jumpsuit
1. Choosing a Jumpsuit
Like dresses, jumpsuits come in many styles, so part of pulling off this look is all about finding the right jumpsuit for you. When shopping for a jumpsuit consider what your needs are. Are you after a casual jumpsuit to wear during the day or something more formal for an evening look? Do you need long sleeves to combat cold weather or will a strapless style help you beat the heat? Once you know your requirements, you can start focusing on the details. In general, styles that are fitted at the waist and then looser on the legs tend to be the most flattering. If you are tall, wide leg jumpsuits that finish just above the ground will be highly complimentary. If you are vertically challenged, you may want to opt for a slim, cropped style instead to avoid looking swamped in fabric.
2. Formal Occasions
When attending formal occasions, women often fall into the mindset of thinking that a dress is their only option. While a dress may be the “safe” choice for dressing appropriately, it will rarely have the same impact as a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits can be just as beautiful and polished as a dress while offering an out-of-the-box wow factor that will earn you some serious style points. So for your next formal event try stepping out of your comfort zone and wear a jumpsuit. Choose a sleek and well-tailored style that flatters your figure, add some simple yet chic accessories, and you’re ready to go.
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3. Casual Occasions
If you’re looking to add some serious style to your weekend wardrobe, you can’t overlook a casual jumpsuit. Relaxed, super comfortable and oh-so-chic, the casual jumpsuit is the perfect item to get you out of your jeans and t-shirt rut. Choose from cotton and denim varieties in a range of silhouettes to find the one that suits your style. In particular, loose fit jumpsuits that feature an elasticated or drawstring waist tend to be universally flattering and perfect for jumpsuit virgins. If you plan to wear flats with your jumpsuit, remember to make sure you pick a cropped style boot or lace up sandal that finishes at or slightly above the ankles. This will help create balance and keep the look lengthened and slim.
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While wearing a jumpsuit may make coordinating an outfit a much simpler task than most other garments, it still requires a bit of thought. Yes, you can just wear one item of clothing, but you still need to think about how you will accessorise it. Choose the wrong accessories and the whole look can become sloppy and unstylish. To keep things chic, plan out your outfit, paying particular attention to your shoes, jewellery and a belt. After all, this statement style demands accessories that help it shine, so choose ones that match well. The goal is to find accessories with the dual ability to highlight your jumpsuit while breaking up its monotony at the same time.
5. Choose the Right Belt
A belt is a vital accessory to pulling off a jumpsuit, particularly if you’re still unsure about the style. By adding a belt to your jumpsuit, you’ll help define your waist in a highly flattering way. Even if the style is already fitted at the waist, a belt will help you appear slimmer and turn a column silhouette into an hourglass. For those who are still new to jumpsuits, we recommend trying a belt in a contrasting colour to that of your jumpsuit. Doing so will add a new dimension to the outfit and break up the straight line of your jumpsuit, which can otherwise seem overwhelming. Try matching the colour of your belt with your shoes for a well put-together outfit.
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Jumpsuits, while being a statement style, can sometimes look a little plain without bold accessories. Block colour varieties, in particular, tend to lose their wow-factor without the added outfit dimension that accessories, such as jewellery, give. Jewellery creates a secondary focus point on your outfit, making your style go beyond that of just the jumpsuit. It creates an interesting detail that will draw the eyes of those around you. Choose pieces that will stand out, such as a chunky necklace or large pendant earrings. Gold tends to look great with formal jumpsuit styles while a pop of colour can add some fun to casual styles.
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7. High Heels
While jumpsuits can be flattering they also have a knack for pulling the eye downwards as your look at them, making you appear shorter than what you are. Wide leg and low-waisted jumpsuits, in particular, are notorious for turning average height women into mini versions of themselves. One of the best ways to combat this problem is by adding a pair of high heels to your look. The additional height that you will receive from the heels will help lengthen your legs and make you appear taller. Just make sure that you choose slim heels instead of chunky ones to keep the look slick and long.
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8. Layering is Key
Accessories aren’t the only styling tool to help you nail the jumpsuit. Layering can also be used to help you feel comfortable while looking great. The easiest way to layer a jumpsuit is with a jacket on top. Try a blazer for formal settings or a leather jacket for casual outings. You can even tie a jacket around your waist during the day in place of a belt, to add shape definition. The other option is to layer a top underneath your jumpsuit. This is a current trend for dresses and works just as well for jumpsuits. Try a plain white T-shirt to get you started before building up to more fashionable pieces such as off-the-shoulder tops in summer and turtle-neck sweaters in winter.
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9. Your Hairstyle
The final step to pulling off your jumpsuit look is deciding what to do with your hair. Whether you wear your hair up or down with your jumpsuit depends on a number of factors. While there’s no blanket rule for how your should wear your hair, there are some general guidelines that can make it easier to choose. For casual jumpsuits, wearing your hair down tends to look best as it goes with the relaxed feeling of the outfit. Try some loose beach waves or even a super low and loose ponytail. As casual jumpsuits tend to reveal more skin around the shoulders and chest, wearing your hair out also helps to balance the look. Formal jumpsuits, which tend to finish higher, look best with a polished up-do. Not only will this style better suit your chic look, but it will also help lengthen your neck to avoid an overwhelming amount of coverage in the same shoulder/chest region.