Summer 09 trend…How to Wear Jumpsuits…

Rihanna floral jumpsuit, terri red, katy Perry Zebra JumpsuitRecent months have seen celebs encouraging the trend for jumpsuits / one-piece suits, not only on a day-to-day basis but on special occasions and especially on the red carpet. I reckon if you haven’t already indulged in a jumpsuit, then this summer is the perfect time to step in to one. Even if the idea of them makes you recoil in horror, you can’t deny that if you want to keep bang on trend this season, the jumpsuit is the only way to go.

Now before you run screaming from the high street, stop. Read these hints and tips on how to wear this summer’s one-piece in a flattering way that will have you brimming with confidence throughout the season.

  • Don’t leave the store without trying the jumpsuit on, especially if you haven’t worn a jumpsuit since you were a toddler!
  • If you are keen on a one-piece that you have seen on-line, try a few pieces on in the high street stores to see which types suits you best before you take the plunge. Besides, you never know you might find something that looks incredible on you as you try.
  • Pick a colour that suits you, we all nearly always navigate towards black but neck to ankle black in the summer sun doesn’t a happy fashionista make…
  • In saying that though don’t just choose the next colour on the rail, collect a few pieces in various shades and hold them up to your face to see how they make your skin look. Some colours can drain you of colour. For example if you have traditional Irish skin it’s probably best to steer clear of mustard yellow.
  • Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise… as you would with a dress but. It’s even more important with a jumpsuit as they are designed to be a complete outfit. Add a belt, a chunky necklace, over-sized clutches look amazing with jumpsuits and of course great footwear is a must.
  • Accessorise to suit both the outfit and the event, big strappy heels for evening and sleek long leg jumpsuits; embellished flip flops for day time and shorts jumpsuits.
  • In a similar vein to ensuring that you accessorise, try to pick embellished jumspuits. Those that have floral prints, embroidery or bows will help break up the whole look and keep the eye moving across the outfit.
  • When I first started looking into getting a jumpsuit, most of them were super fashion forward, so the scary idea of wearing a jumpsuits was combined with harem pants or a tapered leg. I’m glad to say that  the variety has changed a huge amount, and now includes much more commercially acceptable styles.
  • An easy way to choose a jumpsuit if you are overwhelmed with the choice is to consider the top and bottom half almost as separates:
    • Here are the basic top styles; bandeau, strappy, halter neck, short-sleeved shirts, sleeveless shirt, and the one-shoulder.
    • The basic styles for the trouser; hot-pant shorts, harem, loose leg, ¾ leg, culottes shorts, and skinny leg.
  • Then then there is the fabric, not usually the most flattering of fabric a lot of the jumpsuits are available in satin and jersey. If you do choose jersey make sure it isn’t gathered at the waist and isn’t too high waisted. It will make your bum look huge unless the top of the jumpsuit is baggy and hangs over the waist band.  Try and select a cotton / cotton mix jumpsuit or a jumpsuit that is made from two separate fabrics.
  • If all else fails, copy a celeb, find a pic of someone who looks great in a specific style and try and find something similar on our high street. They  are all wearing them, here are some of my faves:

Ashley Olsenblack satin jumpsuit dorothy perkins £25

Ashley Olsen has chosen this short-sleeves, shorts satin version, you could wear this for chilling/shopping in town or really dress it up for evening. Dorothy Perkins have this great version for approx. €40, that also has a more flattering drop waist.

Heidi Klum and black bandeau top dorothy perkins £40

Heidi Klum is wearing a super glam bandeau version that she has accessories with a wide belt, Dorothy Perkins again hit the right note with a similar version that comes with a wrap-round tie belt.

US singer Monica and Supertrash Silk Pocket Bandeau Jumpsuit £115 asosUS singer, Monica keeps hers totally urban with a grey utility version, complete with pockets and a edgy belt, I totally adore her matchy accessories, Supertrash have a similar version with pockets for £115 from Asos, I would take off that tie belt and add my own leather one though.

Blake Lively Linen Strappy playsuit £30 asos

Finally, Blake Lively (I’m a little unsure about the ‘sexy pose’) but I love the strappy, embellished navy jumpsuit that she is wearing. I also really like the simple gold accessories she is wearing with it too. Asos have this linen version which has a cute bow embellishment instead.


3 Responses to “Summer 09 trend…How to Wear Jumpsuits…”

  1. 1 Eka
    August 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Wow! thank you so much for the tips, I just bought a jumpsuit on impulse it looked greattt on the rack and thankfully on me too! (I didn’t try it in store). Thanks to you I now know how to wear it!


    • 2 whisty
      August 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm

      Oooo Eka! That sounds brilliant! I’m loving jumpsuits this summer, they’re so flattering! Much more so than dresses sometimes! Enjoy accessorising, that’s the best bit! xxx

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