Tuesday, January 4, 2011



It’s been at least a couple seasons since fashion magazines were waxing ecstatic about jumpsuits, but for Spring 2011 they’re back again, and it seems almost every other designer has sent out at least one. The ubiquity of jumpsuits for the season can be seen everywhere from the runways of Louis Vuitton, L’wren Scott, Gucci, Paul & Joe, Celine, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Halston.

What’s interesting about the jumpsuit is that although it has utilitarian roots, (women wore them in World War I factories, they are a staple for mechanics and pilots), they haven’t really caught on as an everyday essential, despite the fashion industry’s best efforts. Perhaps it is lack of perceived versatility, or it seems too futuristic to be worn with any seriousness, but the jumpsuit can be a hot item if worn with the right accessories and proper heaps of confidence.
Halston and L’Wren Scott sent out jumpsuits in black that could lend themselves to casual or slightly dressy occasions, while at Gucci Frida Giannini sent out stunning bronze metallic looks that are perfect for evening.

Phoebe Philo went sleek and casual with a denim jumpsuit while Paul & Joe went bright with an orange sherbet flared-legged number that evokes the 70s romper heydays. Marc Jacobs also played up color and print with a colored blocked jumpsuit in a smoky palette of purple, yellow, and red.
A helpful trick for taking a one piece from day to evening is to switch the shoe from a sandal to a pair heels or ankle boot. Dress it down with a cardigan or up with a blazer. Jumpsuits also pair nicely with wedges, another trend that reared its head this past Spring.

To those who think donning a romper may be too risky, I say: embrace the fear.

PHOTO CREDITS: Celine, Gucci, and Paul & Joe from style.com.

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