#howtostyleit: Jumpsuits

No matter the soirée occasion, there seems to be an unconventional outfit of choice that fashion bunnies are gradually gravitating towards: jumpsuits. Successfully supplanting glitzy gowns and slinky frocks in the evening wear dress code department, this one-piece wonder is what everyone is wearing right now to get noticed – stat. Not sure how to tackle this style swap? Fret not. Here are tips to help you pull off and then master the art of rocking a onesie at the coolest parties.

 

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Sarah Lian wears the black strapless Monte jumpsuit by Alice by Temperley (shop it HERE) and a grey silk hoodie by Miu Miu (shop it HERE)

Keyword: non-jersey
Unless you’re attending a laid-back, daytime do, avoid casual fabrics like jersey and cotton (worse if it crumples easily) that tend to make you look underdressed. Instead, reach for dressier materials with richer textures and details such as luxe brocade, plush velvet and eye-catching embellishments. Remember, more is more!

Cinch your waist
Feeling more boyish and less feminine in pants? Even if form-fitting silhouettes aren’t your thing, you can easily define your curves in flowy and shapeless numbers with this staple accessory: a waist belt. Plus, it enhances your derrière! Another alternative would be to sub your belt by tying a jacket or cardigan around your waist; just make sure the sleeves are long enough.

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Yasmin Hani wears a red Valentino jumpsuit (shop it HERE) and Jimmy Choo strappy sandals (shop it HERE)

Layer up
And when you feel slightly chilly, throw on your trusty jacket to add visual interest or to juxtapose an otherwise solid-coloured jumpsuit. If it’s sleeveless, you have more outerwear options to mix and match with, such as a sleek, long vest. For instant street style cred, cover up the chic way by nonchalantly draping your jacket over your shoulders.

Show some skin
Just because you’re fully covered right down to your ankles, doesn’t mean you lack sex appeal. Whether you’re comfortable with a hint of flesh or a generous amount of skin, try looking for sheer or mesh details (if you’re shy), waist cut-outs or peek-a-boo panels (if you’re slightly more daring) and a backless or plunging, cleavage-baring neckline (if you’re a bold babe) the next time you go shopping.

Punctuate right
Since jumpsuits are available in a plethora of cuts and styles, it’s important to pair them up accordingly to stay on-trend. Add a dose of rugged factor in chiffon pieces with a leather jacket, dial up the drama in a printed piece with chunky metallic accessories, balance masculine shapes with a girlie print, bag or heels, and colour-block a two-toned ensemble with a punchy arm candy or even a lippie – the possibilities are endless!

 

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Sheena Liam wears a silk hoodie romper by AllDressedUp (shop it HERE) and a bomber jacket by Karl Lagerfeld (shop it HERE)