Sometimes, it’s a nice break to put on (stylish) rose colored glasses.
I’ve been on a bit of a jumper/romper kick. Granted, this “kick” comes and goes. My first experience (as an adult) with the now-trendy jumpsuit was in 2010. I made one for my “walk out” post runway show. I was pretty proud of it then and, with such a great response, have been keeping my eyes open since.I have a trip to Sin City coming up-ish so I’ve been looking for a fun little romper* to take with me. I came across several options and wanted to share my findings!
*Side note: for those of you who are not aware, a romper is a jumpsuit with shorts — typically a little looser and easier to romp around in!
This first one is easily my favorite and, thanks to my mother’s passing down of the Expensive Taste gene, the priciest of the bunch. J.Crew really amped up the simple silhouette with some bling and sparkle by choosing an all-over sequin fabrication — of which I highly approve.
I always adore Anthropologie but it’s typically a little bohemian for my tastes. However, when I cam across this little leopard silk romper I couldn’t help but think of how perfectly she would fit in my closet beside my leopard sweater and above my leopard pumps. (Obviously not to be worn together but all wardrobe staples, in my very humble opinion.) If you couldn’t tell by now, I am drawn to deep-V’s and the fun and flexible cut of this jumpsuit makes it a great transitional piece. Add a jean jacket (slim cut & cropped) and sandals and your weekend errands are productive and stylish. On the other hand, pair some simple layering necklaces together (silver and gold both work in this case) and some strappy stilettos and you have yourself a night on the town!
Here are some other cuties I came across in my searches. (I’m definitely vying over the Club Monaco pick!) Left to right: French Connection Morgana Lace Playsuit, $148. Darling denim playsuit/romper with eyelet detailing at sleeves and shorts hem. I love that this number uses a drop waist/lower rise on the shorts portion so we all can avoid the “long butt” look. Sweet with sandals — flat or sky high. (I’d even thrown on my converse and a ball cap for the weekends.) Vince Sleeveless Silk Jumpsuit, $395. Delicately comfortable in silk with a sweet scooped neckline at the front and back. Available in Forge (shown here) and black. This item is currently for pre-order with Nordstrom and you know how long things last when they hit the store so, order up! Club Monaco Lyn Long-Sleeved Jumper, $250. I am swooning over this number. I think I adore it so much because it’s adds some edge to my closet without running away from my signature button up look. With it’s slightly slouchier shape my oddly broad shoulders won’t fight with the shirt portion. Also, not only does it have the same flattering drop waist as the French Connection suit, it has great double welt pocket detailing on the back. Parker Harrison Silk Romper, $396. This is the summer-only going-out number of all my picks. I like the lots-o-leg length with the scooped out back and V neckline. Plus, I can’t get enough sparkle in my life so, you can imagine how much I fawned over this piece when I realized it’s a matte black sequin & gunmetal bar bead pin-striping the silk. Though I can’t say that I’ve seen it in person — yet, I can only imagine that is has a great weight to it. French Connection Spectacular Sparkle Jumpsuit, $270. There is so much going on with this baby that I don’t even know where to begin! Peplum! Sequin! Sash! All of which are done very well. Stick with simple accessories for this sparkly lady and you can’t go wrong. Still can’t picture where you would wear this? Think cocktail dress replacement — the best part: it’s black so, just like your LBD, you can wear this to events year round. (The only thing I would change would be to go with a less heavy shoe.)
The one bit of advice I want you to take away is: when shopping for a jumpsuit/romper/playsuit, stick with simple lines and simple designs. If you start adding too complicated of cuts and wonky fabrics you start to look like Princess Jasmine going to a goth club. It is definitely not a good look — even is it is designed by Proenza Schouler.