HOW TO STYLE A JUMPSUIT.

ORIGIN OF THE JUMPSUIT.

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Jumpsuits were first designed and worn in the 1940s by skydivers and parachuters; they were perfect for insulating a person against the cold and tailored to keep out of the way of handles, grips, and other important equipment during free fall. The jumpsuit was later adapted by mechanics, the military, skiers, astronauts, and then the fashion industry. In the world of high fashion, a jumpsuit refers to a piece of clothing that has an attached top and bottom; they can be long sleeve, sleeveless, cropped, fitted, or flowing. Jumpsuits are available in nearly any style or for any occasion; stylists agree jumpsuits can be dressy, casual, glam, or beachy. Choosing a jumpsuit that fits one’s body type involves following a few fashion rules. Once a shopper has found the right jumpsuit, she is ready to style and accessorise them with belts, shoes, jackets, jewellery, and more. Women can find jumpsuits at many apparel stores, designer websites, or online marketplaces such as eBay.

CHOOSING A JUMPSUIT.
   Although jumpsuits are still worn by professionals such as mechanics or sanitation workers, the fashion industry has adopted and modified the look to be a must-have for women. “Jumpsuit” is an all-encompassing term for any garment that has an attached top and bottom. The top comes in an array of styles: short-sleeve, long-sleeve, sleeveless, collared, buttoned, etc. Bottoms can be short, long, capri, tapered, fitted, or flowing. Jumpsuits are quickly becoming fashion favourites because of their versatility; they can be dressed up or dressed down. Jumpsuits are frequently seen on the runway, in the workplace, on the town, and even at the beach.

    Women should choose a jumpsuit style with three key factors in mind: their body type, the occasion, or the season. Tall, leggy women have the option of wearing just about any type of jumpsuit, even the long and flowy ones. Shorter-statured women should avoid long jumpsuits, unless they can tailor it to keep it from bunching at the bottom; instead, they should opt for a fitted, capri-length jumpsuit to avoid getting lost in the fabric. Women who wish to elongate their body should consider a V-shaped neckline. Next, women should consider when they want to wear the jumpsuit, and appropriately buy for the occasion; from formal gatherings to everyday wear, jumpsuits have become a popular alternative to dresses.          Accessories such as purses and shoes are an easy way to change the look of the entire outfit. Lastly, women should always dress for the season. Pair the jumpsuit with a jacket to keep warm during cooler months.

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ACCESSORISING THE JUMPSUIT.
Besides choosing a jumpsuit that fits well, pairing it with the right accessories can give the same jumpsuit a variety of looks. Belts are available in an array of widths, materials, and colours; changing from a wide belt to a braided leather one can alter one’s appearance, hiding some body parts while accenting others. Jewellery is another accessory that can drastically change the look of a jumpsuit. Go from casual to work ready with the right necklace and earrings. Jackets are ideal for women wanting to wear short sleeve or sleeveless jumpsuits during the fall and spring. When wearing a jumpsuit, the most critical accessory is the shoes; the right pair of shoes can accentuate the legs and add a few inches. Below are several ideas on how to choose the right accessories with a jumpsuit.

BELTS.
Belts are an inexpensive and easy way to change the look of a jumpsuit. Buying belts in neutral colours such as black, brown, navy, or beige give women a variety to choose from. Wide, stretch belts can be used on several body types. Curvy women can use wide belts to create the appearance of a trimmer waist and complement their body shape. A wide belt is also used to cinch the top of the jumpsuit from the bottom. Small, petite women look best with a skinny belt; any wide accents around the waist would shorten women’s appearance.

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JEWELLERY.
Jewellery is a versatile accessory that can dress up or dress down any jumpsuit. Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings range from inexpensive to pricey, dangly to cuffed, and are available in an array of materials such as leather, gold, or precious gems. A wide bracelet or collection of several thin ones look stunning with a 3/4 sleeve jumpsuit. Long, dangling necklaces and earrings are ideal for jumpsuits with V-shaped and plunging necklines. Even the right ring can be the perfect accessory for a jumpsuit.

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JACKETS.
The right jacket can dress a jumpsuit, taking it from casual to office or evening appropriate. Pairing a blazer or other collared jacket, with a jumpsuit make for a stylish professional outfit. Women should choose a jacket that is weather appropriate, wearing thinner fabrics in warmer months and layering with thicker materials in the winter. Like belts, a few neutral coloured jackets can be paired with almost any jumpsuit. Shoppers should look for fashion chic jackets in black, brown, navy, or beige to wear with a jumpsuit and shy away from trendy accents to keep their style contemporary.

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SHOES.
Unlike belts, jewellery, or jackets, shoes are an essential accessory for any outfit, and deciding on the right pair for a jumpsuit will rely on the type and the woman’s body shape. The wedge is a classic pair of shoes that go great with nearly every jumpsuit, and the taller the better. Short, petite women can have a more long-legged look with a pair of high wedges. Many stilettos can achieve the same effect. Flats should only be paired with a jumpsuit if the woman is tall or leggy. Boots can be paired with a jumpsuit if the height is right. Jumpsuits wearers with short or cropped bottoms may be able to wear calf to thigh high boots, and a slender, capri length jumpsuit might look best with a pair of ankle boots.

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Other Accessories
There are several other accessories on the market that can spruce up any jumpsuit. Purses and other handbags can add a lot to any outfit. Women can pair an oversized tote with a slim-fitting jumpsuit for a shabby chic appearance. Clutches are easy to carry during a night on the town. Beachy jumpsuits look great with a matching pair of sunglasses. Women can also paint their finger and toe nails to match a fun-coloured jumpsuit.

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