How To Wear a Casual Jumpsuit with Style
So, how do you wear a jumpsuit and not look like a service worker? It can be tricky, but I’m about to lay out everything you need to know to style your casual jumpsuit properly and how to look pulled together and stylish while doing it.
The casual jumpsuit is definitely a thing. It’s an easy go-to piece that everyone should have in their wardrobe… Not because we all love sitting half-naked in a bathroom stall, but because its’ ease and chicness are a staple that every closet demands.
So where did the jumpsuit even come from?
Let’s back up here, first. I strive to tell you the roots of fashion so that you can understand and embrace the style beyond just its’ aesthetic function.
So, where did casual jumpsuits come from? Well, most people attribute them to blue-collar workers- but really those are coveralls. A close, but slightly different iteration.
The jumpsuit- is exactly what it says it is. It was rooted in the suit that parachuters would wear to jump. But for this post, we will be interpreting the style elements, instead of the historical definitions. If you want a more in-depth history of the jumpsuit, check out this site.
Jumpsuits can be elegant- they can have Tom Ford vibes with statement earrings and sky-high heels, which is definitely a look. However, for this post we are talking about a casual jumpsuit vibe.
Specifically a military-vibe, casual jumpsuit that happens to be a perfect transition piece and makes getting dressed really, really simple.
So how do I wear a casual jumpsuit?
With a casual jumpsuit- balance is key. Luckily, because it’s an “outfit in one” it has done a lot of the hard work for you. Because of the slightly more masculine vibes of this casual jumpsuit- I believe that keeping the accessories simple yet generally feminine helps, as well.
There is one exception- your shoes. Jumpsuits work with pretty much any shoe. You can dress the casual jumpsuit up with heels- as I did here. Or you wear sneakers or combat boots. All work because the style of this look has already set a juxtaposed look skirting the line between masculine and feminine.
So- with your shoe choice- there really is no wrong answer.
However- if you want to avoid looking like a caricature or too “themed” I like to sway more feminine with my jewelry. It still allows a casual vibe- but adding a pair of earrings allows it to feel more put together.
Just because the jumpsuit is a full outfit- doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be completed with simple but selected accessories.
How should I accessorize a casual jumpsuit?
My advice is either pair it with hair clips (which are incredibly on-trend right now) or a pair of earrings like the ones I’m wearing, here. Don’t do both- pick one. It will give you a more chic overall appearance.
The key with styling a powerful overall vibe like the casual jumpsuit is to not have too many competing juxtaposed elements. The earrings or hair clips are adding a feminine edge to a masculine silhouette. We want to edge it closer to feminine, but not dismiss the powerful structure and message the casual jumpsuit has innately.
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My philosophy with accessories is simple- let them do their job. They are accessories, they are there to enhance and not to compete with your look. Try not to add statement earrings with layered necklaces, and eye-popping shoes. They will end up canceling each other out.
Instead, choose a vibe- here we are going with casual- but modern and put together.
Coco Chanel famously said, “ Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”.
She was right.
Casual jumpsuits are important to your wardrobe because they become a very flexible piece. They look put together with ease and they can function at a variety of different events. They also are a pivotal item for that transitional weather.
So what seasons work with the casual jumpsuit?
Everyone loves spring and fall. The transitional weather is a much-needed break from the grueling winters and the sweltering summers. However, it can be tricky to dress accordingly with varying temperatures throughout the day.
The jumpsuit solves that problem. Add a structured coat on top and you are good to go.
For spring, I find cotton and linen jumpsuits to be the best option for transitional weather and seamlessly moving from day to night.. You can add a structured or cropped jacket on top of your jumpsuit if the weather is unpredictable. I think a structured jacket is the key to layering, and a flowy or silky option will look messy and not pair well with the jumpsuit.
Furthermore, you should consider where your jacket hits on your body. The jacket I added to this outfit, was both structured and slightly cropped. It hit at or slightly above my waist. It didn’t overwhelm my jumpsuit look and the proportion still allows my legs to look long and not truncated. Avoid jackets that fall too low on your body, this will not get you a transitional look, nor will it add the length to your body that jumpsuits already provides.
But, how do I make the casual jumpsuit look chic?
- Add a Belt:
Belts can be your friend when it comes to a slightly baggier silhouette. This belt allows my jumpsuit to be more flattering, and the simplicity of the black belt ties into the style of the shoes I chose. All the elements you use to style your jumpsuit should be “friendly” with one another. The jumpsuit already provides the juxtaposition you need to make a statement. So the accessories you choose to add need to be stylistically familiar with one another. For instance, you do not want to add an elaborate chain belt, and then wear a set of classic Louboutins with your look. The belt doesn’t mesh with that style of heels, and the jumpsuit will feel out of place with those accessories.
2. Add Feminine Touches
Adding a feminine detail like a pair of earrings or even delicate makeup like the winged eyeliner can help ease the balance of a masculine or boxy casual jumpsuit. Don’t be afraid to play around with feminine touches because you never know what will work. Feminine jewelry, makeup, or even a hair accessory all can assist your casual jumpsuit styling and should not be ignored. [ hair accessories you need to try for 2020]
3. Selectively Layer
Keep proportions in mind when you add layers. You want to keep the hems or cut off points of any piece you add to the rule of thirds. You look your best when you body is cut up in thirds or sometimes sixths. You don’t want to cut your body in half or in quarters. So opt for a slightly cropped jacket or an oversized jacket.
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The Best Casual Jumpsuits
We, as women should feel blessed that we are finally seeing some of the many changes that need to happen societally speaking in our lifetime. Often times we focus on our impact with words and bigger picture campaigns gaining traction or respect. Taking control of your image is another element to gaining more power, appearing more confident, and aesthetically surpassing everyone else. The jumpsuit, with it’s more masculine vibes, plays off a women’s femininity and her flexibility. The ability to wear and own a casual jumpsuit, like this, sends a powerful message of strength and balance.
Our society opening their minds and perceptions of women being everything they are is extremely powerful, but it doesn’t stop there. I am a firm believer that fashion is one of our most taken for granted voices… Despite whatever changes happen within our world- first impressions will likely never cease to exist. So why do we put so much emphasis on handshakes or eloquent intros when our clothes can do this for us?
They can tell people who we are without us having to say a word. I think that a casual jumpsuit is a great first word.
It says I am powerful, I am strong, and even if I don’t always feel this way- I can do anything.
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