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How to Wear a Jumpsuit with Style

by Rebecca Casamayor

Even the savviest dresser has moments when deciding what to wear—and what to pair with it—feels daunting. At times like these, only the easiest pieces will do.

A jumpsuit may not be the first item that comes to mind in a pinch, but it’s a surprisingly fail-proof option. Pull one on and suddenly you’ve got the base for a complete look: Just add a few accessories and a blazer or a sweater, and voila! Outfit perfection, achieved. Just one problem: A lot of women don’t feel like they know how to wear a jumpsuit.

Despite the versatility of these one-and-done outfit-makers, finding the ideal jumpsuit for your body type can feel a bit intimidating. After all, you want one that is both flattering and comfortable—and we all know that sometimes that’s easier said than done. Here’s some advice to help you find The One and wear it like a pro.

Tailored Styles Define Curves

A brunette woman stands on a gray background, wearing a jumpsuit with a white blouse top

Highlight and smooth curves by choosing tailored styles that skim over the body. Here, the slim-cut, ankle-length pants and high waistline also elongate the legs. A contrasting “blouse” has the added benefit of creating a coordinated two-piece look, without adding any extra work.

Wear with: Wear a slim cardigan over the jumpsuit for a professional look. (For a little hip coverage, try a longer, belted version.) Play up the cropped length of the pants with a pair of eye-catching leopard slingbacks. Call attention to the v-neck with a medium-length pendant necklace.

Ruffles Draw the Eye Up

cropped leg jumpsuit with ruffle sleeves

For a feminine twist, look for styles with softly cascading flounces near the face or neckline. Ruffled cap sleeves—like the ones shown here—are a sweet way to draw attention upward while also creating a flattering line around your shoulders, bust, and the tops of your arms. Cropped, wide-leg pants can help balance the extra volume while also defining your waist.

Wear with: Add a statement-making belt to further define your waist, and play up the drama with strappy high-heel shoes. To make this date-night look work for the office, slip on a tailored sweater jacket or blazer.

Wrapped-Waist Styles Are Universally Flattering

A brunette woman walks across a gray background wearing a strapless white jumpsuit with wrap trim.

Nothing beats an option that nips in at the waist. This draped version mimics the lines of the universally flattering wrap dress: a built-in belt helps to define an hourglass shape and a diagonal drape helps camouflage the tummy and draw the eye up and around.

Wear with: If your wrapped-waist jumpsuit has straps, try a thin turtleneck or a silk button-down shirt underneath for work. High-heel pumps or a pair of suede booties add the finishing touch.

If you’re unsure of how to wear a jumpsuit, you’re definitely not alone. This wardrobe staple feels intimidating to many women, but there’s an option for all shapes and body types. Use these tips to find the right jumpsuit for you.

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