By Prudence Wade
Few things embody easy glamour quite like a jumpsuit.
If dresses feel too feminine and separates too much of a faff to wear, a chic one piece is the way to go. They’re the ultimate answer to lazy dressing – all you have to do is add heels or trainers and you immediately look polished or cool.
Jumpsuits rarely go out of fashion, but styles shift and change. Think of the disco-fabulous flared one pieces from the Seventies, or the more minimal Nineties versions with thin spaghetti straps and loose silhouettes.
Currently, many of the popular styles are all about giving a 2020 update to a trend from the past – because who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia in fashion?
Jumpsuits are versatile; they can be adapted for all occasions to suit any age, body type or style. Jane Fonda’s stylist Tanya Gill agrees with this, last year telling British Vogue they are “the epitome of a modern woman’s wardrobe”.
So how are modern women wearing jumpsuits this season?
Utility-style jumpsuits remain incredibly popular this season. This makes sense – jumpsuits have become synonymous with military uniforms, and still evoke images of fighter pilots and soldiers in American movies.
But even though it was adopted by the military, according to Vogue Italia a Florentine artist known as Thayaht first invented the jumpsuit in 1919.
The military – particularly in America – adopted the style into their uniforms, and the current trend very much echoes these utilitarian beginnings. For this look, it’s all about nailing the detailing. Pockets are very much encouraged, giving jumpsuits a major one-up over dresses. The more pockets, the better, and look for other military details like zips and buttons.
Stick to neutral tones with colours like olive, navy blue, brown and grey.
Jumpsuits are all about fun – after all, they’re basically adult updates of the onesies we wore as babies. That’s why we love combining them with another joyful trend of the season: bright, candy colours.
There really are no rules with this trend – all you have to do is choose your favourite colour, making sure it has highlighter levels of brightness. Either clash with hues that really don’t go or colour block with all your accessories matching. Either way, you’ll be bang on trend and bring a bit of the summer sun with your outfit.
Gingham dresses meanwhile are a timeless summer outfit, but they don’t suit everyone. If your style isn’t particularly feminine or you feel like they’re a bit twee, a jumpsuit version is the perfect answer – and that’s exactly what Emilia Wickstead sent down the runway for her spring/summer 2020 show.
A gingham one piece will bring a bit of joy into your wardrobe. Keep it loose and floaty, rather than tight and tailored. Not only will it look great, but it will leave you plenty of room for food when hitting up a BBQ.
While the gingham pattern is definitely relaxed, you can choose more starchy materials or fancy silhouettes – like bubble sleeves – to dress this look up a bit.
There are plenty of ways to wear a denim jumpsuit: you can go down the tomboyish boilersuit route or even wear overalls. However, this season it is all about channelling the Seventies.
To nail this retro vibe, styles tend to have sleeves, tight waists and flared legs. Wear with trainers for relaxed events, and it looks equally great dressed up with heeled boots.
One of the best things about the jumpsuit trend is that many styles are gender neutral. Seventies-inspired denim one pieces can definitely be worn by both men and women – most recently, trendsetter Harry Styles wore a sparkly version onstage.
As the gender lines in fashion become increasingly blurred there’s sure to be a lot more unisex jumpsuits in the future.