This spring, playsuits and rompers are all the rage. We show you how to get the look.
Initially touted as a one-season wonder, the playsuit has surprised everyone by becoming a runway sensation. Huge last season, this quirky little piece looks set to carry on rocking through summer 11. We bring you style-star tips on how to work your playsuit for any occasion.
There are three basic varieties of these one-piece outfits: the jumpsuit (long), the romper (short) and the playsuit (casual short suits).
For your shape:
For those with generous curves, opt for a halter jumpsuit or playsuit belted firmly at the waist. Accessorise with red lips and curled locks to bring a bit of Old Hollywood glamour to life. If you have a big bust, avoid bandeau styles and look choose V-necked designs. Long jumpsuits look best on curvy bodies, while the romper style suits shorter ladies. The jumpsuit style can sometimes be too masculine for slim and boyish figures, so if you fall into this category, accessorise with lots of feminine detail.
Full-length, wide-legged jumpsuits look best on long legs. If you are on the shorter side, wear high heels to lengthen your silhouette. V-neck or plunging necklines will also give the illusion of lengthening your body. If you’re tall and want to wear a long jumpsuit, team it with a pair of flats to keep the focus of attention on your jumpsuit. Shorter-length jumpsuits look good with heels, which will also help to ‘lengthen’ legs.
In the evenings:
For an evening playsuit showstopper, opt for luxurious fabrics like silk; with sequins or sheer panels; or choose leather for an edgier look. Just keep in mind that sheer slinky fabrics would hug your curves far more than denim or cotton would!
If you go for a basic colour-block piece, you have loads of accessory options. Try a cropped jacket in a contrasting colour, with bold jewellery, any variety of belts or ties, removable shoulder epaulettes, badges, chains or interesting layers.
Whether it’s in a jumpsuit, a playsuit or a romper – channel your retro ’70s fashionista and make a style statement this summer.