There’s simply no denying it — the jumpsuit has quickly become a wardrobe staple for women of all kinds of style sensibilities, and with good reason. The beauty of the jumpsuit is that it’s a piece that can be worn from day to night with a simple switch of accessories, making your life a whole lot easier when you’re jetting from the job to cocktails or errands or to a swanky dinner.
Moreover, the jumpsuit can work for all seasons. In a sleeveless cut and lightweight fabric, it’s a fun alternative to a sundress in the warmer months, but with the right layering tactics and footwear, it can easily be rocked in the fall and winter as well.
Wearing a jumpsuit makes things super easy because you don’t have to stress about matching tops and bottoms — it’s a whole ensemble in one. Did we mention there’s also a jumpsuit to flatter every single body type?
So, we’ve established that the jumpsuit is undoubtedly an ultra-versatile piece. Still, you might need a little style inspiration to get the most wear out of it. Here are some of our top tips for transitioning your jumpsuit from the afternoon into the evening.
Simple and solid
A solid jumpsuit is a blank canvas, which means you can have a lot more fun when it comes to accessories and layering.
If you’re sporting a jumpsuit to work, try popping on a printed blazer and low, pointy wedges for a look that’s sleek and sophisticated, without being remotely stuffy. You can also layer your jumpsuit over a white button-down for some extra coverage if you’re worried about showing too much skin at the office — as an added bonus, this is a practical way to transition your sleeveless jumpsuits into the cooler seasons. A timeless watch or a sparkly pair of stud earrings will complete the look without overpowering it.
Hitting up brunch with your girlfriends? Then you’ll want a more laid-back look. You can keep things easy-breezy with flats, a denim jacket, and a fun belt in either a vibrant color or an interesting pattern for a pop of intrigue that will stand out on a solid jumpsuit. Or, pair your jumpsuit with on-trend slip-on sneakers in an eye-catching animal print like leopard or zebra, and throw an open button-down chambray shirt on top.
It’s super easy to mix it up for the evening when you’re showing off a solid jumpsuit. A black one looks instantly stunning with a dazzling statement necklace and strappy metallic heels, while a white or olive jumpsuit looks fab with nude patent pumps.
You might go for footwear in a bright, punchy color to offset a jumpsuit in a neutral color— we love royal blue or burgundy with a black one, for example.
Going for an edgy vibe? A leather jacket, pointy wedge booties and some simple metal necklaces or drop earrings should do the trick. Don’t forget a structured clutch, perhaps with some studs, exposed zippers, or other bold detailing.
Cinch your waist with an attention-grabbing chain belt, which adds glamour to an otherwise simple jumpsuit.
Playful and patterned
Printed jumpsuits are a surefire way to brighten your day. For laid-back afternoons, pair it with a denim vest, cross-body bag, and medium-sized hoop earrings. It’s a look that’s comfy but still chic at the same time, and it can work for just about anything from running errands to a casual day date.
Layering a sleeveless patterned jumpsuit over a solid turtleneck is a great way to make it a little cozier for cooler days. Add solid flats and a statement necklace with crystals or colorless stones, and you’re good to go. Amp up the bohemian vibe of a floral jumpsuit by putting on a pair of aviator sunglasses and a straw or felt Panama hat.
For an even more chill vibe, opt for white high-top sneakers and some trendy shades with your patterned jumpsuit. This is an especially effective combo for a floral one, as it will help counteract the femininity of the flowers and add an unexpected sporty element.
Of course, the way you style a printed jumpsuit will depend on the type of print. A geometrically patterned jumpsuit is eye-catching in itself, so you may just want to add some dainty metal jewelry, a neutral tote bag, and some open-toe flats for a winning spring/summer ensemble.
What about a cheetah or zebra print jumpsuit? All you need are some pointy flats or wedges in a classic color like black or taupe, and possibly a jean jacket, to pull the whole outfit together.
A jumpsuit with a plunging neckline is a surefire stunner for evening cocktails and other affairs, but it may feel like far too much for the daytime. Don’t fret — you can still wear it through the afternoon by layering it over a solid scoop-neck T-shirt for a little added modesty.
A strapless jumpsuit is undoubtedly striking no matter the print — you might pair it with lucite block heels in the spring and summer months, or a cropped blazer and heeled booties during the transitional seasons.
One of the easiest ways to take a jumpsuit from day to night is to simply switch out your shoes and your baubles. For example, a geo print jumpsuit looks totally different with nude skimmers and some delicate gold rings during the day, than it does with high-heeled mules and oversized tassel earrings at night.
An animal-print jumpsuit is already pretty visually intricate on its own, so it doesn’t need much to make a statement for a night on the town. Simply pair it with a chunky metal cuff bracelet and neutral platforms for a look that’s both spunky and sultry at the same time.