Here at Who What Wear headquarters, we've raved about the reemergence of the jumpsuit for ages. The all-in-one first piqued our interest a while back, but this season there are great new variations on the style that keep us wanting more. We love the look's effortless and easy appearance, though admittedly, this exact aspect is the trickiest part of wearing said item. As we learned the hard way, when styling a jumpsuit, you definitely need to have a specific strategy in mind (lest you end up looking like you're wearing a shapeless sack). That said, rather than going through the hard work of hashing out an exact plan, instead, just look to a few of our favorite fashionable ladies for cues on how to wear this key piece. Whether they pick an eye-catching pattern, a luxurious fabric, or a smart accessory to spice up the assemblage, these six prime examples illustrate how to wear the jumpsuit well.
Unsurprisingly, our stylish subjects offered a range of riffs on the jumpsuit, but there are a couple of ground rules that they all seemed to honor. Specifically: voluminous tops must be cinched at the natural waist, while bottoms should stick to the season's harem pant proportion and have slightly tapered leg. And while some of our trendsetters opted for statement accessories (belts, shoes, and big jewels are all welcome at the playsuit party!), they all chose to keep their add-ons simple, ensuring that the core of their ensemble could really shine.
Silhouette and styling decisions aside, we've noticed that many members of the fashionable-and-famous crowd are quite fond of patterned jumpsuits-the more interesting the print, the better. While running errands around Studio City, Lindsay Lohan picked an airy and loose-fitting number with small animal print; try Sunner's Long Slip Jumpsuit ($284) for a lookalike indigo style. The wide balloon leg of her selection looks smart with a pair of fantastic heels, like her Fendi Budior Mesh Heels ($504, 212.759.4646) or Nine West's Jay Sandals ($79). Beyonce also provides another excellent exhibit of how to smartly wear a playsuit in a subtle mauve pattern. The Sasha Fierce singer's low-cut, sleeveless, and rolled-leg selection is perfect for any daytime activity, and provides a nice backdrop for her showy sandals and futuristic shades. The Floral Jumpsuit ($68) from ASOS or Warehouse's Popper Front Jumpsuit ($85) are both great alternatives that bare a strikingly stylish resemblance to Knowles' choice. Pop star Katy Perry also decided on a printed garment-specifically zebra stripes-to attend an event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas. Her H&M Zebra Jumpsuit ($60) is playful to the nth degree and looks particularly precious with her brightly colored ankle boots, H&M Wide Belt ($20), and H&M Crafty Necklace ($15).
Of course, some fashion-forward forces prefer to wear simpler styles. For example, Kate Bosworth donned 3.1 Phillip Lim's Accordian Neck Jumpsuit ($450) to run errands in New York, which looked unfussy and chic-the epitome of the jumpsuit allure. Her sleeveless piece with a drawstring waist is ideal for a luncheon or an outdoor afternoon event. To achieve Bosworth's easy-going vibe, try Myne's May Silk Jumpsuit ($198) or Geren Ford's Rivet Jumpsuit ($340), just keep the jewelry to a minimum and throw on your favorite sunglasses.
While Bosworth went for a casual look, a monochromatic jumpsuit can be dressed up easily, as long as you pay attention to fabric, fit, and accessories. At Harry Josh's Spring Fling Party at the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop, star stylist Rachel Zoe wore a vintage Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit accented with a vintage sequined beanie. Her long-sleeved, sleek look is easy to achieve: just pair ASOS's Jersey Harem Jumpsuit ($50) with a sparkly accessory. Whitney Port offers another fine example of how to seamlessly incorporate a jumpsuit into your evening rotation. Rather than wearing the expected gown to a charity event at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City, Port picked Diane von Furstenberg's Carolette Charmeuse Jumpsuit ($169, on sale) in champagne. Her haltered selection has a low-back, draped-top, and cropped-length that creates a flawless, flirty warm-weather silhouette (try the Silken Roma Sleeveless Jumpsuit ($149) by bebe for a similar look).-KM
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Photos of Lindsay Lohan, Whitney Port, from Splash; Photo of Beyonce, from Pacific Coast News; Photo of Katy Perry, from Getty Images; Photo of Kate Bosworth, from INF.