Adventures in Jumpsuits

IMG_9585As you may have noticed (by my Instagram) I’ve gone a little jumpsuit crazy this summer. The thing is, I feel awesome in them. I feel like a Charlie’s Angels Super Woman combo in a good, grown up way — it’s so fun to head out for the evening feeling like a fashionable bad ass!

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Of course not everyone is on board with this latest fashion trend. My husband thinks they’re awful as do many of the men I’ve unofficially polled. I went to a museum opening last week — my friend Jennie’s (also in a jumpsuit!) amazing work was included in the Amy Winehouse exhibit — and I was feeling pretty chic and cool until this older man standing next to me asked if I had been in the army. And then he followed that up by telling me I looked like I could do some manual labor or work on a kibbutz!!! Thanks buddy… so yeah, the jumpsuit is apparently controversial. They’ve been out of style for so long and it’s easy to remember our mothers or tv sitcoms or exceptionally dorky people wearing them in the past. Where do you stand? Action hero wardrobe? Or Fashion Victim?

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I wasn’t planning to become a jumpsuit fanatic until I saw this spotted version at Hatch and I simply couldn’t resist. I mean it’s adorable right? Since I am not pregnant it fits loosely — a comfortable, beachy summer look. From there I noticed this green Topshop on Wearing It Today (it’s become one of my favorite blogs). I loved how Laura was wearing this sexy, laid back jumpsuit with heels — perfect for semi-casual evenings out to dinner or drinks with friends. It was one of those things that I was surprised to find fit as well as it did and I’ve gotten nothing but compliments on it… from women. Umm… girls just wanna have fun?

For those ready to “jump in,” the following seem like good starting points.

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This J.Crew option is simple and sophisticated, especially in black.

COS black silk jumpsuit — lovely with heels but great with flats too. I might have to add this classic to my collection.

Another cute print from Hatch thats begging to go on a tropical vacation (and it’s on sale).

If you still think I’m crazy (I’m not offended, you’re in good company), I urge you to consider the beach romper, gateway drug of jumpsuits. This is actually how it all started for me. A few years ago when I had a newborn baby and a post baby body, I tried a couple of rompers for an upcoming beach vacation figuring that while the swimsuit situation was a lost cause, at least my cover ups could be cute. And I fell in love. Not only are rompers comfortable and great for chasing kids, they’re easier to throw on than shorts and a t-shirt and they’re actually very flattering. They’re breezy and floaty, they don’t cling around the middle too much, those flow-y shorts make your legs look a little skinnier. Seriously, I think you should try it. Here are a few of my favorites for throwing on over your swimsuit:

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Joie cargo romper – the extra coverage means you could stroll into town for an ice cream cone. A sweeter version too.

This Splendid one piece has a pretty beachy print. This one too.

Three Dots black jersey couldn’t be easier.

(If you noticed that these are all from Shopbop, that’s because they had the broadest selection. Topshop, Nordstrom, and JCrew (this one!) are all worth a look too).

No way? My final word of advice – fake it. My cousin Katie was wearing black shorts and a black top last weekend and I thought for sure it was a one piece. It looked great together, fit her perfectly since she’d bought each piece separately, and she never has to worry about the investment since each can be worn independently. The easiest way to find a combo is to buy a top and bottom together — I love how Hatch paired a matching tank and short for a romper look (the dotty one!).

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2 thoughts on “Adventures in Jumpsuits

  1. erikadvm says:

    Okay that jumpsuit it gorgeous!! I have a couple in my closet but Im definitely looking for one in this tone;)

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