How to Wear a Jumpsuit for Any Occasion

May 17, 2018 by

BY: DALE CHONG

There are few things that rival a jumpsuit when it comes to creating a full ensemble. The beauty of this piece is that you don’t need a whole lot to get going. Yet, styling jumpsuits can be a little intimidating, no? And when you’re throwing on the same pair of shoes every time you slip yours on, it can get a little bland.

Not to fear. You definitely want to keep this one-piece the books for any occasion. Its head-to-toe nature offers a wide variety of styles to wear a jumpsuit. Once you’ve found the right one, all that’s left is to style it with supporting pieces. Dress a jumpsuit up or down with your accessories and outer layers, or let it stand out on its own, as this is one clothing that speaks for itself.

A jumpsuit makes an easy outfit for the office, a casual look for everyday occasions, or even chic get-up for the next wedding you’re attending. Read on to see how to rock a jumpsuit for any dress code. With a closet in the cloud and hundreds of styles to choose from, you can find a jumpsuit outfit for every event without emptying out your bank account.

1. Wide-Leg Jumpsuits for Swanky Summer Soirees

Solace London Cream Cecilia Jumpsuit


JUMPSUIT: SOLACE LONDON

Swap out your standard floral dress and try a sleek jumpsuit for your next summer wedding. Jumpsuits come in luxurious materials ranging from lace to silk and offer impossibly chic options that will give you the best of both worlds—comfort and style.

For a swanky evening soiree, nothing says “chic” like a cool, wide leg jumpsuit. If you want to take it to the next level, we’re loving a strapless version of the piece allows you to show off the beautiful necklace and earrings you plan on wearing. You simply can’t go wrong with a pair of metallic strappy sandals that complements any color. If you’re wearing a white or cream jumpsuit for a bridal occasion this summer, mix it up and add a pop of color with a set of colored high heels.

JUMPSUIT: ML MONIQUE LHUILLIER, CHOKER: JULES SMITH, EARRINGS: ELIZABETH AND JAMES

When it comes to accessories, we recommend keeping it simple so that your jumpsuit is still the star of the show. Create a polished look with minimalist jewelry such as a simple or dainty choker paired with gold statement earrings. Of course, what’s a fancy occasion without an adorable bag to hold your phone, lipstick and other necessities? Rent a cool, structured crossbody clutch that you can keep by your side or in your hand at any moment.

2. Solid-Colored Jumpsuits for Business-Casual Chic

Kinly Black Sweatshirt Jumpsuit


JUMPSUIT: KINLY

If you ever thought jumpsuits were reserved for out-of-office moments, think again. Sure, a one-piece suit may be reminiscent of the onesies you wore as a child. But this time, you’ll look and feel ready for business.

Look to dark solid-colors like black jumpsuits with sleeves or blouse-like features. If your office environment is a formal setting, stick with a neutral color palette. Throw on classic pointy-toe pumps or chic flats to dress up your ensemble without taking attention away from your main piece. Break up the piece with a belt while also defining your waist and then top it off with a structured or boxy blazer in a contrasting color to pull your outfit together.

JUMPSUIT: SLATE & WILLOW, BLAZER: THEORY, CHOKER: ELISE M., RING: ALEXIS BITTAR

3. Relaxed Layers for Weekend Brunch

Amanda Uprichard Thistle Jumpsuit


JUMPSUIT: AMANDA UPRICHARD

JUMPSUIT: AMANDA UPRICHARD, CUFF: AV MAX, EARRINGS: MARNI

For daytime events such as weekend brunch, wear a jumpsuit with relaxed and breathable layers, such as linen or denim. When it’s warm enough, feel free to let your jumpsuit be your entire outfit with a pair of sandals and accessorize with a standout cuff and earrings.

Or, get a little creative with layering and style your jumpsuit over a short-sleeve crewneck tee and a cool, oversized denim jacket. Throw on a pair of slip-on shoes or sneakers, and you will get a unique style that you will return to on a regular basis. When fall rolls in, rent a turtleneck sweater instead of a tee for that seasonal look.

JUMPSUIT: ELLIATT, TOP: JOIE, JACKET: LOVERS + FRIENDS

4. Sleek Necklines & Bright Colors for a Retro Night Out Look

Whether you have happy hour plans with your girls or a date night with your beau, a jumpsuit is a simple switch from your regular contenders. A jumpsuit with a sleek neckline or a bright color will make you feel cool and confident all night long. For example, a retro silhouette calling back to the ‘70s and ‘80s will get you excited to head out as soon as you put it on.

JUMPSUIT: JAY GODFREY, EARRINGS: DAUGHTER, RING: STANMORE

Styling this one-piece wardrobe staple isn’t so intimidating after all. With the right accessories and creative layering, they’re much more versatile than you think. Whatever occasion you’re getting dressed for, a stylish jumpsuit is the unexpected alternative for any look—you’ll feel so confident, too.