When in 1919 the Florentine artist and designer Thayat created the first-ever jumpsuit as a practical piece of clothing worn by parachuters and skydivers, he couldn’t have imagined what a revolutionary item it would have turned out to be years later.
From the utilitarian versions worn during the Second World War, to the stylish pieces created by the designer Elsa Schiapparelli and Coco Chanel, the jumpsuit is a garment that stands the test of time. Does anyone remember that flared and psychedelic popular look of the 70s? Diana Ross; Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Jane Fonda and Farrah Fawcett turned it into an iconic garment.
Today, it’s the star of every catwalk, the ultimate outfit-in-one: practical and comfortable, the jumpsuit combines the flexibility of pants with the fun movement of a dress. In current fashion, it has become a mixture of provocative and simplicity, as many of the designs feature flattering shapes that hug onto curves while still covering up. Jumpsuits have even made their way onto the red carpet, replacing ball gowns and other predictable choices.
Rocking your jumpsuit
It is a perfect option if you’re used to wearing pants but want to update your 2020 wardrobe. The one-piece silhouette flatters all body types and can be paired with everything from sneakers to booties. Whether it is for a formal wedding or an alternative summer dress, it really can become the most versatile garment in your wardrobe: a staple for any modern ladies, especially when combined with the right accessories.
Like white T-shirts and black dresses, jumpsuits create a blank canvas for the styling details that will, literally, turn an item from single-use to multi-functional. However, getting the correct length is tricky and choosing the right fit is crucial.
In general, styles that are fitted at the waist and then looser on the legs tend to be the most flattering. Just keep it simple: make sure the waist is defined and choose a jumpsuit in a solid colour (the darker the colour, the more streamlined your shape—but don’t be afraid to try the pastel end of the spectrum for a lighter touch). Opt for a button or zip-up front with a collar and choose jumpsuits with long sleeves (they are generally more flattering and you can always roll them up). As for the fabric, it must be lightweight or it will feel too restricting: newly popular fabrics such as lyocell and Tencel are lightweight, soft and hard to crease.
Tall, short or curvy? Find the right one for you
If you are tall, wide-leg jumpsuits that finish just above the ground will be great. If you are short, choose a slim, cropped style. If you are curvy, try an off-the-shoulder jumpsuit and a straight or wide-leg silhouette that skims your hips in the most flattering way. A blouson jumpsuit would also create the illusion of an hourglass with an elastic waistband. Complete your look with fashionable accessories, such as jewellery, shoes (low-heeled sandals, clogs or trainers) and belts, or use layering to add interest. The best way to wear a jumpsuit? It is with a jacket on top. Try a blazer for formal events or a leather jacket for casual outings. You will look fabulous.
You can wear a jumpsuit even for a formal occasion. 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 wearing 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.