Jumpsuits have been stalking the periphery of the fashion world for a few seasons now, but suddenly they are fully inescapable. I’ve tended to avoid them in the past – being in possession of a long-body-to-short-leg ratio, camels threaten to rear their toes, while straps rather slice into ones shoulders.
However, after much perseverance I have found my jumpsuit soulmate: a relaxed, boyfriend style boiler with a loose, cropped leg. Specific I know, but ironically, the all-in-one is not a one-size-fits-all kind of guy. You need to play the field to find your perfect match. The good news? Jumpsuits abound in a plethora of styles right now, and can be styled multiple ways.
Here’s a few ideas to kick start your next fashion obsession. Jump in, the water’s warm…
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
If it’s your first time in jumpsuit territory, start simple like Poppy Delevingne and Gwyneth Paltrow. A graphic black style is a super-safe bet and only needs minimal accessorising, hair, and make-up. The fact that you’re wearing a jumpsuit at all is statement enough.
2. TRY A SEXY BOILER
Proving this style is not just for the boys, Gwen Stefani and Net-a-Porter president, Alison Loehnis are nailing this look. Being a boxy shape, the sexy boiler needs those roll-ups, and whenever possible a high, strappy sandal.
3. DRESS IT DOWN
Similar to donning a hat, slipping into a jumpsuit can have the immediate effect of making you feel overdressed. Counterbalance any insecurities by teaming it with trainers and a “what, this old thing?” air of nonchalance.
4. SHARPEN UP THAT LOOSEY-GOOSEY
Wide-legged jumpsuits like this pair modelled by Sarah Jessica Parker and Emma Watson, really benefit from the highest heels you can bear to wear, and the addition of a tailored jacket to add sharp shape..
5. LAYER UP
Pinafore styles work well layered over a contrasting top and a more boyish/athletic figure.
6. PICK A PATTERN
If you’ve already found your jumpsuit feet, up the ante by trying out an all-over print like these we spotted at Stella McCartney (left) and at Milan Fashion Week. Not just a flamboyant style statement, a printed all-in-one beats its printed ‘separates’ counterparts by banishing co-ordination quandaries and distracting from a multitude of sins.
7. TRY A TUX
Brazilian model Jeisa Chiminazzo and actress Charlotte Le Bon’s jumpsuits are a perfectly modern take on tuxedo dressing. Keep it graphic with slick hair and deadly-good accessories.
8. GO HARD OR GO HOME
If the occasion calls for it (in this case a fancy lunch for Lauren Santo Domingo, and a Cannes Film Festival photocall for Rachel Weisz), it’s go-time for the modern dressy jumpsuit. The beauty of this guy is that he’ll never look as try-hard as a similarly ostentatious gown.