It has been nearly a century since the first jumpsuit was invented by the Florentine Thayat back in 1919, representing a liberating garment during the Futuristic period. For the longest time the jumpsuit catered for the working woman especially during the war, just to be introduced to the world of fashion in the early 1960s by designers like YSL and Norma Kamali. Ever since then it was highlighted more times than we could actually remember, going in and out of style but securing its place in history.
The spring 2013 fashion trends signaled a huge comeback for the simple and chic one piece that once again seems to have found its way back under the spotlight. This season the jumpsuit trend hides many faces, being reenvisioned in a full spectrum of styles, colors, prints and fabrics. From day to night and from the beach to the work place, trust the jumpsuit for a smooth and easy transition.
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Jumpsuits for spring: key elements and styles
While we acknowledge that the jumpsuit trend is not necessarily the easiest to pull off, stepping out of your comfort zone and keeping an eye out for all the elements that actually helped the jumpsuit morph into a fashion statement this spring might be a perfectly good way to start.
Jumpsuit at Honor S/S ’13
Key elements for spring 2013
- Relaxed lines, clean cuts, subtle draping
- Oversized shoulders, plunging necklines, cropped pants
- Lightweights fabrics, extra wide legs, prints
- Side pockets, incorporated belts, solid colors
Jumpsuits at A Detacher S/S ’13, Balmain S/S ’13 and Kenzo S/S ’13
Solid colors versus prints
While it’s a matter of personal taste and it’s strictly dependent on the occasion, body-type and your overall aesthetic, the choice of solid color versus print or vice versa won’t get you in any sorts of styling debates this season. If you plan on keeping the trend simple and classy, opt for a solid color, either a neutral, or a brighter hue, and polish your look with an equally chic pair of shoes. If you plan on having fun with the trend, make the most out of it and jump all in by picking a playful print instead, along with a unique sillouethe.
Jumpsuits at Valentino S/S ’13 and Diane Von Furstenberg S/S ’13
Sporty, playful or sophisticated jumpsuits & overalls
No matter what aesthetic defines your style, the jumpsuit trend will fit right in this season. From athletic influences, to playful takes on the trend and finally to far more sophisticated renditions everything goes
- For a sportier take on the jumpsuit trend, seek for laid-back silhouettes, accented with asymmetrical zippers and mash panels
- For a playful interpretation, bet on fun prints, silhouettes nodding towards overalls and layers
- For a sophisticated approach seek rich, flowy fabrics, classic hues and ultra feminine silhouettes
Jumpsuits at Rebecca Minkoff S/S ’13, House of Holland S/S ’13 and Maria Grachvogel S/S ’13
Jumpsuits for spring: how to wear them
Not every trend is immediately translatable to the work environment, but luckily that’s not the case with the cool jumpsuit pieces. If you plan on sporting the trend behind the desk, seek for clean, minimal lines in impeccable tailored silhouettes, either in solid colors, elegant prints or classic fabrics. Style them with minimum accessories, a natural make-up and an uncomplicated hair-style.
Jumpsuits at Giambattista Valli S/S ’13, J.Mendel S/S ’13 and Valentino S/S ’13
Either we’re talking a walk on the beach, brunch in town, shopping or running errands, the jumpsuit is the perfect solution for an easygoing, uncomplicated look that doesn’t require much planning. Wear it without many accessories, sometimes over a sleeveless top, under a light jacket, with heels or with wedges.
Jumpsuits at Charlotte Ronson S/S ’13, Rebecca Minkoff S/S ’13 and Stella McCartney S/S ’13
Thanks to designers like Oscar de la Renta, the jumpsuit turned into an alluring alternative to a glamorous gown, transcending its utilitarian purposes and steering towards becoming nearly a work of art. Think luxurious fabrics, delicate appliques, feminine accessories and a refined color palette.
Jumpsuit at Oscar de la Renta S/S ’13
The jumpsuit as a replacement for the little black dress
Sometimes because it’s easier, other times because it fits the occasion, we always go back and reach for a wardrobe staple when in doubt. A little black dress will always serve to make its point but if you care to give it a break and embrace something different for spring, opt for a black jumpsuit instead. Show off some skin via subtle cut-outs, open backs or strapless bodices. For an elegant approach try long sleeves and balance them with a plunging neckline (though you don’t need to go as extreme on the shoulder pads as Balmain did). Style them with statement belts and red lips.
Black jumpsuit at Balmain S/S ’13, Gianfranco Ferre S/S ’13 and Jason Wu S/S ’13
If you’re approaching the trend for the very first time and you’re aiming for a more subtle look, do layer your jumpsuit underneath a sleek blazer or a clear plastic jacket in solid, neutral hues.
jumpsuits at Paul&Joe S/S ’13 and Charlotte Ronson S/S ’13
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Trend styling inspiration
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