the jumpsuit

The Timeless Jumpsuit

the jumpsuit

We wore jumpsuits in the 70s because they were practical, looked put-together and made most bodies appear sleek. Designs were also a nod to our in-space future. Characters in Sci-Fi films all wore jumpsuits, most still do. I assume the construction is cycling back for all the same reasons. Simple to pack, comfortable to wear, and one has only to add accessories. Versions range from casual to seriously dressed up.

Diane Von Furstenberg Johnseen Floral Lace Jumpsuit

Cute, sexy and insouciant. Great for resorts. Striking on a tan. Keep make-up simple. Let your hair down. This is a fun piece. Deep v neck, removable self-belt, straight leg, on-seam hip pockets and back flap pockets. Buckle straps at the sides. Adjustable shoulder straps crisscross at the pretty back. Nylon/polyester. Lined. On sale $269.50 limited sizes

Frill Shoulder Jumpsuit

Versatile and feminine, this version can be dressed up or down. Crystal, pearls or silver to dress up, contemporary neon, ethnic or funky chunky to dress down (here you might switch over to a wide, bright belt or sash) Swishes nicely. Royal or White. Waist sash. 100% polyester. Machine washable. On sale $100.00. Currently offering free shipping

Alice & Olivia Beverly Jumpsuit

Dinner on a Hamptons patio, drinks on your urban terrace. Dark print background gives this more of an evening look. One shoulder multicolor floral. Exposed zipper fastening at the back. Elastic banding and ruching at waist. Definitely needs a belt or sash. Go to a trimmings store and buy a really long piece of grosgrain or double sided satin. Trim to suit. Play with colors. Silk/spandex. On sale $340.00

Catherine Malandrino Red Washed-Silk Jumpsuit

Confident in both color and cut. Covered but not too conservative. Graceful proportions. Keep accessories contemporary and simple. Same with your hair, nothing with tendrils, please. This is a panther piece. Red lips. Draped crossover neck, tied waist, pleats at waist. Wide-leg styling, draped, slant pockets. Concealed hook and zipper fastening at the back. 100% silk. $395.00

Theia Silk Tuxedo Jumpsuit

Get out the diamonds (or rhinestones), one fabulous brooch-half hidden at the breast or just below the hip (don’t make holes in the satin lapels) or a neckpiece (lavaliere?) and long earrings. Can you do a time step? Classy and retro looking. This one will support a well made- up face, eye shadow and all. Elegant wide legged silhouette with menswear inspired details. Notched lapels, v-neckline, sleeveless, banded waist, slight racerback. Concealed back zipper fastening. Silk lining. On sale $680.00

Basic?! Black

Left: Yves St. Laurent Halter Neck Crepe and Chiffon Jumpsuit- The classic Mercedes. Sexy and sinuous. Great on real curves. The kind of thing a Bond Girl might wear- ‘martini shaken not stirred-yet substantial enough for women of a certain vintage as well. Rich. Cut out to the waist. Crepe detail and gathered chiffon ruffle around the neckline with a double hidden snap closure. Tuxedo stripes at the sides. Hidden zipper and hook and eye closure at the back. Internal rubber detail around the top for sure fit. Acetate/viscose. On sale $1234.00

Right: 70s Inspired Halter Jumpsuit- Ready to dance the night away, climb over an illicit fence, explore European nightlife, hitch a motorbike ride. Add hot color to make it truly contemporary. An extra wide belt, handbag and/or shoes. Halter neckline with back tie. Front keyhole detail. Banded waist, wide leg, low v back with concealed zipper fastening. 100% polyester. Fully lined. $290.00

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