Jump(suit)ing into the Holidays!

Please do not pigeon hole a jumpsuit. You’ll hurt it’s feelings. It’s purpose stretches far beyond the tall, lean whimsical models that grace your Instagram feed! 

Look at a jumpsuit as an opportunity to highlight your favorite feature, or as a way to overcome your fears. 

For example, I don’t like to expose a lot of skin and especially do not like tight things. I’m typically in a turtleneck, a baggy sweater or a flannel.

I grew up with scoliosis and kyphosis, which is why I despise my back and my shoulders. Add a healthy dose of field hockey and you can imagine how hunched, boyish and broad-shouldered I feel.

Therefore, I cover up as much as possible. On the flip side, I love my collar bones!!! I like to show them off as much as I can, but this is hard considering my trouble zones. 

Last week I set out to find a few outfits for a wedding weekend in Florida.

I found myself gravitating towards a strapless, sleeveless jumpsuit. 95% of me didn’t want to try it on because I was so scared to see how it made my back and shoulders look. 

5% of me really wanted to see how it made my collar bones look, so I faced my fears and went for it. It sounds silly, but this was a big deal for me.

Turns out, with the proper neckline, waistline and pant silhouette I was okay with showing my back and shoulders. 

This story can be your story, too. It all comes down to picking out a jumpsuit that flatters your body type. 

While shopping for a jumpsuit consider breaking it down into three parts: top, waist, and bottom.

Then take a look at yourself in the mirror and draw out your shape on a piece of paper. Where can you add balance? Creating a waistline is key, and your top and bottom should be relatively balanced with one another.

The beauty of clothes is they provide us with the opportunity to create balance without having to alter ourselves. I will use my body type as an example. 

Top 

My shoulders are the widest part of my body. Wider than my hips. The widest part of your body doesn’t need any extra frills or heavy fabrication. It’s there, so let it be. Let’s not make it look bigger!

Off-the-Shoulder is a great look because this neckline sits below the shoulder. It creates more of a hugging and slimming effect. This is one of my favorite necklines, especially with a longer sleeve. 

Alexis Astoria Jumpsuit in Black

Alexis Astoria Jumpsuit in Black

Straight Across and Sleeveless is another good option. This neckline let’s my collar bones be the star of the show!

NICHOLAS Velvet Strapless Jumpsuit

NICHOLAS Velvet Strapless Jumpsuit

Halter is another go-to of mine. Remember, if your shoulders are the widest part of your body you do not need any extra fabric. Go with a halter that is simple with a clean line.

Clayton Tate Jumpsuit

Clayton Tate Jumpsuit

Waist

I have a very high waist. The space between my chest and my hips is about 3.5” and it’s the thinest part of my torso. I like to highlight the this area because it draws the eye to my waist, versus my shoulders & back.

When choosing a waistline, I gravitate towards a high rise and a high waist band. This is the start of a more A-line silhouette which is the most universally flattering. 

Anthropologie Halter Lace Jumpsuit

Anthropologie Halter Lace Jumpsuit

Bottom

Long and twiggy legs. That’s me. Since my legs are much thinner than my shoulders I have to add something to balance it all out. I have two options.

Wide Leg bottoms create an A-Line look from my waist down. The wider leg really balances out my shoulders. 

Jill by Jill Stuart

Jill by Jill Stuart

High Waisted Cropped Trousers that are tapered at the ankle give my legs a little extra something (width wise) around my hips. This look isn't super fitted, but more relaxed. I like the cropped pant because I love to wear ankle strap sandals! 

Greylin Nayden Popover Jumpsuit

Greylin Nayden Popover Jumpsuit

I hope this helped. Can’t wait to see all of your fantastic jumpsuits this season!!

Hair to Heels,

Ali