Over the last few years the jumpsuit has become a fashion staple. Available in every conceivable style and fabric this is one look that doesn’t seem likely to disappear any time soon. But as a voluptuous or curvy woman the jumpsuit can seem a style challenge too far. It is after all the fashion equivalent of a boiler suit. What if you’re a different size on the bottom and the top? What if the thought of essentially wearing a giant patterned onesie fills you with dread? Will it make your bottom look enormous? Fear not, the jumpsuit can be grown-up, glamorous and slimming. Check out our guide to choosing a flattering jumpsuit whatever your shape.
One of the biggest issues when buying a jumpsuit is that most of us are a different size on the bottom or top. The easiest way to get round this problem is to look for styles with an element of stretch to the fabric that means essentially the jumpsuit will fit to your shape. We think a thick stretch jersey is a flattering fabric for a curvier body shape. Look out also for styles with draw strings or belts that allow you to adjust your jumpsuit to a perfect fit.
When it comes to wearing a jumpsuit we think a fitted waist is essential. Styles that have a more generous fit or have a dropped waist can have the effect of making you look like you are wearing an old sack. We all know that emphasising your waist is a key slimming style secret so choose a jumpsuit with a belt, ruching or embellishment around the waist for the most flattering fit. This will generally also help to disguise a more generous tummy are as the fabric flows gently out for the narrowed waist area.
Style for your Shape
As with all fashion choices you need to factor in your natural body shape to achieve the best look for you. For Pear Shapes a jumpsuit that fits snuggly around the upper body and then tapers to a flared culotte or pant will create the most slimming finish and disguise more generous hips. Hourglasses look great in a subtle V neck design with a tapered trouser and narrowed waist which will make the most of your curves. Apple Shapes should look for styles with ruching and detail around the waist which can disguise a troublesome tummy area, try a cropped, narrow pant to make the most of slim legs. Rectangles should give a kimono style jump suit which will add curves and femininity to your figure.
Rectangles (kimono style)
Quick Hit Jumpsuit Tips
- A jumpsuit nearly always needs a good pair of heels to add elegance to what can be an heavy look.
- Look for a jumpsuit with great arm cover to disguise problem upper arm areas.
- Choose dark coloured jumpsuits for the most flattering look. Patterns should be picked with care, remembering that a busy pattern all over can make you look bigger than you are.
- Don’t forget great accessories. A long line pendent necklace can elongate your body and create a more streamlined silhouette.