Bodysuits Are the Key to Looking Put-Together—8 Outfits That Prove My Point

For the longest time, I really didn't get the hype surrounding bodysuits. Surely they're incredibly uncomfortable. Wouldn't the cut give me VPL through my jeans? These are a couple of things that were holding me back from actually trying one. Then I did, and everything changed. Now, I don't wear bodysuits on a daily basis, but I do have a couple in my basics drawer which I think have elevated my outfits. That's right; elevated. Most are made from stretchy fabrications, which mould perfectly to your shape, making for a clean and fuss-free silhouette that allows for endless styling options. This is an easy starting point for a great outfit

To better prove my point, I've assembled eight bodysuit outfit ideas I think showcase the staple at its best. From jeans and denim skirts to tailoring and statement prints, there's no pairing a bodysuit won't work with. Scroll on, I’ll show you. 

1. Bodysuit + Demin Skirt + Boots


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Style Notes: Bodysuits are great for styling with items where you want to ensure your top doesn't ride up. Pair with an on-trend denim skirt for a look that's simple but feels extremely current. 

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2. Bodysuit + Blazer Dress + Patterned Tights


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Style Notes: Mini hemlines are all over the runway and market this season; whenever I wear something shorter than where my fingertips reach, I always pip a bodysuit on underneath for extra coverage and warmth. 

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3. Shirt + Bodysuit + Wide-Leg Trousers


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Style Notes: Bodysuits loan themselves well to layering situations; take Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who has styled her now sold-out Zara (yes, Zara!) bodysuit with a loose shirt overtop. 

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4. Bodysuit + Suit


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Style Notes: Slouchy tailoring is still very much a thing this season; counteract the volume by wearing a simple, vest-style bodysuit as your top. 

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5. Bodysuit + Gilet + Jeans


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Style Notes: There's no easier outfit than a bodysuit and jeans! Personally, I prefer thin styles so as to eliminate the cut of the suit from being visible through the denim. Ever the reliable layering piece, I love Anna's combination of a long-sleeve bodysuit and sheepskin gilet. 

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6. Bodysuit + Skirt + Slingback Shoes


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Style Notes: Combine two of the above outfits to create this sleek blazer, bodysuit, and denim skirt triad. Then, for the ultimate 2023 finish, round things off with a pair of slingback shoes. 

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7. Bodysuit + Leather Trousers


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Style Notes: Don't think you need to stick to black, white and beige—bright bodysuits are an easy way to pep up your basics and bring some colour into your daily wares. Just ask Isabelle, who uses hers to lift a pair of leather trousers.

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8. Bodysuit + Printed Skirt + Clutch Bag


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Style Notes: For a low-key evening ensemble, a bodysuit is a great starting point. From there, add a sleek skirt or trousers, grab your fanciest bag, and voila! You're good to go. 

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.