Jumpsuits: one-piece wonder or one to avoid?

7 April 2009

Skinny jeans, graffiti prints and an obsession with Charlie Sheen: with 80s-inspired trends staying strong through 2009, is it any surprise that the jumpsuit, that not-quite-a-top, not-quite-a-bottom concoction of fabric, has made a comeback? My own recollection of such attire involves the pink polyester jumpsuit I dutifully dressed my Career Barbie in for dates at The Bellagio (or, my playroom) with Ken, as well as the seersucker getup my mother referred to as a “romper” that I wore while ponyintheory-womens-tailor-olalia_fe2eeb30.jpgg around on the swing set in our backyard.

For babies of the ’80s or those just hoping to reincarnate the decade of excess, The Vogue City presents a plethora of jumpsuits for your fashion palette.

Lanvin worked their ready-to-wear runway collection with this silk piece (price upon request at Lanvin). Of course, it looks ridiculously cool on a Russian supermodel; I question a woman with hips (i.e. 98% of the female population) looking quite as sleek. The phrase “price upon request” usually also translates into “we can work it, but you, working girl, cannot afford this.”

Free People, label of surfer girls and all things cozy, spices things up with their Ibiza jersey jumpsuit ($88 at While costing a fraction of Lanvin’s version, it also cover a fraction of exposed skin. Keep it classy by pairing with a lightweight cardigan or a visit to your plastic surgeon.

Theory proves you don’t need to jump ship to jumpsuit with their Tailor Olalia number ($345 at Bloomingdales). Besides being both work and weekend appropriate, it’s cut is drama-free, ensuing its wearability in 2010.

Jumpsuit: friend or foe? Only you (and your wallet) can decide. As for me, I’ll stick with Charlie Sheen.

-Karyn Polewaczyk

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2 thoughts on “Jumpsuits: one-piece wonder or one to avoid?

  • April 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I truly think that the jupsuit is making is making a comeback! The approriate fit, color, and (no shoulder pads) are key to making it work for any body type. LETS ROLL IN THE 80’s LADIES!

  • April 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    While I think the jumpsuit is back, I don’t think it’s here to stay. Think about denim overalls. Okay, don’t think about denim overalls – they make me cringe and I’m not about to spend $500 on Botox to correct the frown lines that accompany thoughts of “Is she or isn’t she pregnant? I can’t tell when she wears that denim frock.”


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