Fashionable Mondays – The Jumpsuit Debate

June 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm (Fashionable Mondays) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


I was shopping in Georgetown this weekend and saw a peculiar jumpsuit in Zara, and it inspired me to explore the trend further. Here was the jumpsuit (if you followed me on twitter, naomikeziah, then you saw the pic as I discovered this gem in the store).


The pattern was loud and the colors were clashing, the fabric was loose and flowy. I was baffeled on how to wear this and where to wear it to.

Where did the jumpsuit originally come from. Ooo! Can we travel down fashion history lane! I love trips!!

 The jumpsuit originally referred to the utilitarian one-piece garments used by parachuters and skydivers, but has come to be used as a common term for any one-piece garment with sleeves and legs. Starting in the 1960s, the jumpsuit has made occasional appearances in common and high fashion (particularly in the 1980s), but has never been a common item of everyday wear.

Don’t you feel like you learned something? Lol. So maybe the jumpsuit is trying to make a comeback (like leggings and the side ponytail), and we should embrace the conjoined-twin of a top and a bottom.

First, it’s always helpful to see how celebs are wearing them.


Hmmm…not really feeling any of these. Let’s try again…


Meh…a little better. I actually really like the one on the right worn by Victoria Beckham. Look at this one (disclaimer: if you have small children around, please have them look away from the screen)


AUGHH!! Katie noooooo! I bet Tom picked out that outfit lol (p.s. ummm pedi time?)

Ok well clearly I’m on the fence about the jumpsuit but you might like it and that’s all that matters. So let’s discuss where to buy and how to wear.

This one from Spiegel is on sale for $84 and can easily be worn to work and out later minus the blazer. It also seems to be the trend to belt your jumpsuit to create separation.


 I’m not sure I would wear a jumpsuit to work. But I would definately wear one out. And I actually really loving this one below from Robert Rodriguez.


It’s uber cute and I would pair them with a pair of platforms and some big earrings. Okay, during the writing of this blog I have changed my opinion on jumpsuits, and have fallen in love with the prettier sister of the jumpsuit…the romper! Check out this one below from Rag & Bone! I’m smitten with this! But not the price! $450? Geez I thought the purpose of combining your top and bottom was to save money.


I think the jumpsuit won me over kinda-sorta-maybe-alittle. I’m all for fashion foward thinking and trying new styles, maybe next time I will try one on. Hmmm…I wonder how you use the bathroom in this thing.



  1. Jessica said,

    LOL!!!! using the bathroom with that one would definitely be an adventure. If you buy one you must post pics!!!!

  2. Enjolie said,

    You’ll never find me in the front row of a “we love onesies” festival…can’t wear them…you ask why? out of complete fear of camel toe…the possibility of having cotton and anyother fabric wedged in the mouth of my cooter is terrifying. In adddition i don’t think the uni look would work best for the thighamese twins*. it’s definitely not flattering…i won’t deny that some of the more fashionable and fit people can pull it off…the gray tupe top joint was kinda hot!

    *thighamese twins: the condition where your individual thighs have morphed into one thigh…thus making it impossible to wear shorts and tight clothing. often causes gaping holes in the inner thighs of denim

  3. rachel said,

    love reading your posts! the jumpsuit article quite apropo. . perhaps though you should have modeled it yourself. . .that might have been an interesting take. . then we could have seen how you would have worn it. . or how we should wear it.

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