My whole life I've wanted to be current when it comes to clothes. Unfortunately, I'm not a trend-setter, but rather a trend follower. I'd don't want to invest too much, but I also don't want to appear dated.
I'm that woman who sees another woman wearing an awesome blazer, or the perfect outfit or a cute pair of shoes, and rather than approaching (because I'm sure they'll think I'm crazy), I go online and obsessively seek it out. It's a 50-50 chance that I'll find what I'm looking for and buy it, but that's not the point of this blog.
I'm also not an early adopter. I'm usually late to the party when it comes to most fashion. The same is true for the jumpsuit. These have been around for a while and yet, if one was displayed, I'd pass it buy for a pair of jeans or a cute top. My obsession started two summers ago when I saw a woman at my local coffee shop wearing one. Her hair was up, it was linen sleeveless, she was wearing Birkenstocks and she looked both comfortable and adorable. I said to myself, I can definitely pull that off so, I went online, found it, and purchased it. You know what they say, copying is the best form of flattery.
If you're on a budget a jumpsuit is a two for one. You get the top and the bottom. That's a win if I do say so myself.
Given that my getting dressed philosophy has always been quick and simple; streamlined, clean lines, no-frills. In hindsight, I wish I had invested in these years ago. This one-and-done outfit meets all my requirements. It's been around a long time and as with all fashion, the jumpsuit and its younger, shorter cousin the romper, have returned to the style forefront. It’s hard to find a clothing store that doesn’t carry some version. With each passing year, it becomes more mainstream and has been reformulated and modernized to suit pretty much any woman’s style.
In the last 2 years, I've come to love the jumpsuit. In my opinion, it should be a wardrobe staple, just like a good pair of shoes or a great blazer.
The first jumpsuit I ever purchased was from J.Crew. J. Crew has always been my go-to for all things basic. They had featured a summer edition of the suit in a linen gingham tie-front that I purchased and still wear today. J.Crew has continued to offer the same style in addition to a few others.
There is something to be said for going into your closet and pulling out one piece rather than having to decide on multiple coordinating pieces. I mean I can't believe the number of times I walk into my closet only to stare at the clothes I have and see nothing (literally nothing) to wear. Especially in midlife, it seems like I want simple. One-piece dressing definitely makes life easier, especially during these busy, crazy times.
Jumpsuits are also more forgiving of shape. They’re incredibly comfortable and can accentuate that body part you want to stand out or hide. I prefer the ones with a belt or something that cinches at the waist.
Now some of you might be asking, well if I have a hot flash, I need layers. I don't want to be stripping down. I hear ya sister, I would only advocate for the ones that are sleeveless and lightweight. I would love to be able to wear these in the winter, but unfortunately, I can only pull this off in the warmer months.
Living in New England, we don't have much of a spring and our summers are usually only 12 weeks long, if we're lucky, so I've never been that person to invest in this season of clothing. However, jumpsuits in lighter fabrics, like linen, cotton, rayon, make it that much easier to pull yourself together.
Currently my fave's:
Velvet Saylor cotton poplin jumpsuit
Splendid striped tie waist strapless jumpsuit
Everlane the linen picnic jumpsuit
Everyone is wearing them from celebrities to your neighbor. If you’re one of those women who embrace trends, this is one to consider.
Dress it up with a jacket and heels or dress it down with a sweater and a new pair of sneaks; in either case, it keeps you current, it's comfortable and it’s a worthy addition to your wardrobe.
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