When it comes to style, there’s nothing more versatile than a jumpsuit. Casual and yet effortlessly chic, it’s easy to take this piece from day to night. I’ve picked out five of my favourite jumpsuits from the high street this season (all available on ASOS, in case you need a mid-exam splurge!) and added my hints and tips on how to keep your jumpsuit looking stylish all summer season!
Simplicity equals sophisticated dressing, something proven by both the polka-dot chiffon panel jumpsuit (Mango, £69.99) and the Warehouse jumpsuit (Asos, £68). Next up are the floral patterned Love Bandeau (Asos, £50) and Asos Strappy Jumpsuits (Asos, £50) which are the more flirty and playful alternatives. If you’re looking for something shorter, the True Decadence Wrap Front Playsuit (Asos, £35) in pale pink is a definite must-have.
So now you’ve found your perfect jumpsuit, how do you style it?
A little layering is key to making your jumpsuit look evening ready. For a night out, add edge to floral jumpsuits by wearing a black leather jacket. For a splash of colour, pair your simple black or white jumpsuit with a brightly coloured blazer. For summer barbeques, try a short wrap cardigan over a sleeveless jumpsuit. Think of your jumpsuit as a dress and feel free to experiment with colours, patterns and materials. Depending on your mood, lace velvet or satin work too. When it comes to patterns, bold styles work with simple accessories and vice versa.
For simple jumpsuits, statement pieces work best. Add a large cuff bracelet in gold or silver with matching earrings to instantly add drama to any look. For jumpsuits with high necklines, opt for a subtle multi-strand necklace during the day and replace it with a larger, colourful piece at night. Pull your hair back up and out of your face to draw attention to your earrings. Instead of stud earrings that are practical during the day, opt for longer chandelier style earrings for a striking effect. Alternatively, to add a bit of bohemian flair, try a matching silk headscarf.
During the day, lighter colours and bright blush are the keys to a fresh, understated and natural look. At night, up the ante by going for a darker shade of lipstick. Nothing says ‘I’ve made an effort’ more than a vibrant red lip, either matte or glossy, especially when paired with a darker jumpsuit. Wear it with a minimalist eyeliner cat eye or go all out with a smokey eye. Don’t forget your nails- a subtle pearly or peachy shimmer during the day can be replaced by bolder colours at night.
Like a signature red lip, the right shoes can take any jumpsuit to the next level. During the day, there’s no need to sacrifice comfort and convenience for style when you choose a pair of elegant, pointy-toed ballerinas. Depending on the jumpsuit, don’t be afraid of colour: red with black, orange with beige. If it’s a hot day, reach for a pair of flirty, strappy sandals instead. At night, swap flats for heels. The basic, black leather court shoe always adds instant elegance. For a more glamorous look, wear peep-toe heels or, if you’re somewhere warm, a pair of stilettos. Satin or suede both work well.