As much as I LOVE denim, jeans are just too restrictive and heavy for those searing Summer days. This is when I turn to dresses and shorts for relief. For those of you who hate baring your legs or just don’t feel like shaving, I have the perfect solution. Enter: Jumpsuits. Jumpsuits offer comfort and lots of style to your daily wardrobe. Not to mention, they are extremely flattering and versatile. Casual styles in cotton and denim are functional and accommodate everyday needs, while sleek, well-tailored jumpsuits, are perfect for more formal affairs.
From experience and working closely with my recent clients, it’s evident that so many women are resistant to new trends and refuse to take fashion risks. Complacency wreaks havoc over their closets and they miss out on so many fabulous styles. Do you fit this description? If so, throw caution to the wind and add some variety to your basic wardrobe. Let’s start with a jumpsuit!
I hear all too often, “well that won’t look good on me. I am too tall, too short.” No more excuses! Granted, not everyone can pull off every trend, but a basic jumpsuit is applicable to all body types, if worn correctly.
When choosing a jumpsuit, first define it’s purpose. Do you need long sleeves to combat colder temperatures or short-sleeves/sleeveless to beat the heat? Are you wearing your jumpsuit to a more casual or formal event? Once you have tackled these basic questions, shopping will be less time-consuming. Jumpsuits that are fitted at the waist and looser down the legs are most flattering. If you are taller, wide-leg jumpsuits that finish just above the ground are highly complementary. If you are shorter like me, opt for a cropped, straighter, or subtle wide leg style so that your jumpsuit doesn’t consume you. In particular, loose fitted jumpsuits that feature an elasticized waist tend to be universally flattering. If you plan on wearing a flat with your jumpsuit, I recommend a lace up sandal or cropped bootie that rests around the ankle. This will create some balance and maintain a lengthened and slimmer look.
If you are a jumpsuit virgin, I suggest sticking with solid prints and basic hues in the beginning. Brighter tones and floral patterns may be too drastic, busy, and overwhelming for your body. Slightly darker colors such as black or denim are figure friendly and easier to accessorize.
If you are in the mood to have fun with this trend, then accessories are key. Add a belt to accentuate your waist and create an hourglass figure. Bold earrings or a statement necklace will jazz up your jumpsuit too. A blazer or moto jacket paired over your jumpsuit is an ultra chic and easy way to compliment and finalize the overall picture. Lastly, I highly recommend wearing a heel or a wedge. While flattering, jumpsuits can often pull people’s attention downward and make shorter girls appear even shorter. Adding some height with a shoe will elongate, lengthen, and convey a taller illusion.
Flattering, non-restrictive, and comfortable, they are too good to be true. Just make sure you use the bathroom before leaving the house!
*Shout out to my husband for willingly taking these pictures and even offering location suggestions! Progress has been made!
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