Jumpsuits for Women
Wearing a jumpsuit is stylish, chic and comfortable. However, it’s not always easy to get the one that’s perfect for you,as there are a number of factors to consider. I would personally stay away from the pyjama trend – which is difficult to pull off as a day look – and stick instead to a jumpsuit. If this is your first foray into jumpsuit territory, think about cost per wear and how/whether you can wear it all year round, especially if it is expensive.
What’s lovely about a full-length jumpsuit is that all you really need are accessories and a nice pair of shoes, sandals or trainers and you’re set. Your choice of footwear should depend on whether you’re trying to rock a smart look with heels or a wedge, a sporty look with trainers, or a more bohemian vibe with sandals.
Here are my six top tips to bear in mind when choosing the perfect jumpsuit
1. Get the colour right. Make sure you buy something that is the perfect colour for you, that complements your skin tone, eyes and hair. If you’re not sure what colours suit you, maybe consider an express colour consultation with me for only £100. In a nutshell, if you’re a brunette and have dark eyebrows and brown, bright blue or green eyes, you really can carry off a bright colour. My colouring is ‘deep, warm, clear’ and I suit bold, bright or dark colours and my jumpsuit is a lapis blue from Michael Kors. If you are fairer, think about a mid-tone or lighter colour – but not so light that your jumpsuit acts as ‘camouflage’. Personally, I think jumpsuits look great in darker neutrals (navy, black, pewter, charcoal, green, purple) and brights
2. Purchase the right length. You don’t want to be tripping over yourself or to ruin the jumpsuit. Buy a length that is appropriate with heels or flats. If you’re going to wear a jumpsuit mainly with heels, make sure to wear heels when trying it on. This pre-purchase test is very important and the same goes for pairing with flats. If the hem of the leg is sloping back towards the heel without dragging on the ground, then the length is correct.
3. Get the proportions right. Make sure the upper half of the jumpsuit (torso) is sitting correctly to where your waist is. The rise (the area from your waist to the bottom of your buttocks) needs to look flattering. Sorry to say this (and please don’t take offence!) but if the rise isn’t sitting correctly you are in danger of camel toe and wedgies. Finally, the lower half of the jumpsuit needs to be the right length to the floor. Make sure it fits! Neither too long nor too short, too tight or too loose… The perfect jumpsuit needs to be flattering and you need to feel and look fabulous every time you put it on.
4. Choose your fabric and volume according to your scale. If you are petite (5ft 3″ and below), don’t go for a voluminous style with lots of fabric (this adds weight), or a big pattern (it will overwhelm you). If you are medium-scale (5ft 4″-5ft 7″), then a little bit more volume – such as a wider leg and frills, or details on the arms – could work. Keep the fabric light- to medium-weight. If you are grand-scale (5ft 8″ and above), then volume and a heavier-weight fabric will look amazing. Consider whether you are going for a knit or woven fabric (woven fabrics tend to be less clingy).
5. Purchase a jumpsuit in a solid colour. You can’t go wrong with a neutral: you’ll be able to wear it again and again, and all year round. A solid colour lengthens your body and is very flattering. If you absolutely have to wear a pattern, go for something subtle and small. When the weather is cooler a waterfall jacket, blazer or cashmere cardigan is a lovely accessory.
6. Go formal. If you don’t think you’ll get much use from your jumpsuit on casual weekends, buy something that can be dressed up. Select a formal colour such as black, navy, charcoal or pewter and choose a silhouette that looks stylish with some statement accessories.
Good luck – and let me know how you get on!