Still Not Ready For “Real” Clothes? Jumpsuits Are The Transitional Wardrobe Staples You Need

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After a year of living in cozy sweatpants and loungewear, making the move back into “real” clothes is… tough. Who wants to put on “real” clothes just yet.

Personally, I’ve found myself struggling to part ways with elastic waistbands and ultra-soft fabrics, which is why I’ve been reaching for a transitional piece: Jumpsuits

Loungey ones, beachy ones, dressy ones—it turns out there’s a jumpsuit for every occasion. 

So if you, like me, don’t want to spend hours figuring out what to wear (nor do you want to sacrifice style or comfort), jumpsuits are the way to go. Here are a few of my top picks.

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Carve Designs

The Bonfire Jumpsuit from Carve Designs comes in three different colors: blue chambray, coral chambray, and cloud pinstripe. I went with coral, as it felt summery and most ideal for my skin tone. I often come across jumpsuits that either aren’t long enough in the torso or that have leg lengths that go well beyond my (very short) legs. However, the Bonfire Jumpsuit has a casual, relaxed silhouette and would work well for many different body types. 

It’s also worth noting that despite its casual feel, this piece can be dressed up with a blazer and worn to work (if you’re heading back into the office.) This jumpsuit is a perfect example of how well-considered details, such as a button-down front and a removable belt, make for a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down. 

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I often reach for Onzie products when I’m heading to a yoga class, and the brand’s Long Leotard (in black) is the perfect one-piece for low impact exercise. Not only is it comfortable, but thanks to the no-slip straps and shelf bra lining, it’s a piece that can be worn all on its own.

But this jumpsuit isn’t just for working out. Slip on a jacket or an oversized cardigan and it's perfect for a laid-back evening with friends. Plus: If black isn’t your color, there are lots of colors and patterns to consider, including a statement-making leopard print.

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You can’t beat the classics, they say. And Lee, the first brand to sell women one-piece coveralls in 1917, certainly knows a thing or two about jumpsuits. Lee’s Vintage Modern Union-Alls™ feature the same classic design as the traditional, but revamped in a way that makes it a fun and stylish retro addition to any modern wardrobe.

The utilitarian design makes the piece very chic, and I love how it gives off an air of masculinity and confidence when worn. It’s not overly heavy, either: Lee’s 100% lightweight cotton denim fabric means it’s easy to wear. Do note, however: this type of fabric is not particularly form-fitting, so I don’t think it’s right for everyone. I did have to roll up the legs a bit to get this to fit my petite frame.

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Farm Rio

The Farm Rio’s Flying Toucans Crossed Back Frilled jumpsuit fits into the stylish category. For me, the best feature is the ruffle detailing at the shoulder and at the back, which adds a romantic spin to an otherwise youthful and quirky design. I also like the belt that comes with it, which helps to create a more figure-flattering waistline, and the rainbow details at the ankles.

Its stylish design makes it an ideal closet staple, and it’s definitely a conversation-starter: Every time I wear it, people stop me and compliment it or ask where it’s from. Made from a lightweight fabric, this jumpsuit is ideal for a fun brunch with friends or a warm day in the sun. 

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Nuuly (Moon River)

The Switching Lanes jumpsuit I discovered as part of my recent Nuuly rental nails Moon River’s goal to create fashionable, vintage clothing for the modern woman. This super-flattering fit is easy to get on and off with a front zipper, and it's cut to fit just right.

I like this design because it makes me feel like a chic motocross mechanic (oh, and it has pockets!). One thing that I noticed, however, is that this style runs small, so you might want to order one size up in order to find the right fit. 

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Free People

Free People’s Nola Sweater Romper has all the casual vibes and can be thrown on over a swimsuit or belted and paired with heeled sandals for a night out. I’m a big fan of this laid-back, easy-to-wear style and find myself reaching for it when I’m headed for the pool.

The breezy and relaxed fit makes it perfect for hot weather, which doesn’t come as a surprise, because it’s part of Free People’s Beach’s collection. It comes in four colors: obsidian (black), gardenia (cream), tender touch (light gray), and flower (bright yellow). Do note: This material is semi-sheer, so whatever you’re wearing underneath is going to be visible.

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The Cami Halter Jumpsuit from eco-friendly brand Etica mixes vintage and modern modern elements into a one-piece outfit. It features a halter-style, tie-back closure and a 70’s-inspired wide-leg cut. And to top that off, it is made of soft and lightweight cotton and Tencel-blend denim, which is a cellulose fiber made from a renewable wood source, requiring very little water, no pesticides, and no harmful irrigation.

Not only does the open back on this look great, but I also appreciate Etica’s commitment to sustainability. This jumpsuit also has a minimally-impactful manufacturing process and comes in eco-friendly packaging.

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The Kit

The Kit’s Issa Jumpsuit is a perfect pick if you want to look effortlessly trendy. The striking design and color make it an ideal pair for sneakers -- a flawlessly casual look. With heels, it’s the perfect outfit for an evening out—or to power through a business meeting.

It’s boxy and flowy, which I love. But for a more fitted look, I would go one size smaller than you normally wear. If you want to create a more feminine silhouette, the Issa jumpsuit features a drawstring belt that accentuates the waist while remaining comfortably loose elsewhere. 

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Revolve (Lovers + Friends)

If you’re looking for ultimate comfort, the Lovers + Friends’ Gia jumpsuit from Revolve is a good choice for several reasons. First, the crepe jersey fabric (made of 95% polyester, 5% elastane) feels nice and comfy. Second, the waist tie gives a slimmer silhouette while doing a great job hiding the midsection area, making it the perfect choice for a night out with drinks and food. I mean...we’ve all been there. Sometimes you need some wiggle room, you know?

You can easily adjust the shoulder straps to make it more snug, but the cherry on top is the addition of pockets on the side seams and at the back. If you want to keep your hands free or just don’t feel like carrying a bag, you know exactly where to put your phone and wallet. Functional and pretty. The Gia Jumpsuit comes in three gorgeous colors: taupe, black, and navy. 

Don’t believe the people who are saying we have to go back to “real” clothes already. Jumpsuits are essentially pajamas that you can get away with wearing why wouldn’t you? Join me in the one-piece club. It’s comfy over here.

Other brands to consider when browsing for jumpsuits:

  • Showpo: This brand has lots of trendy playsuits, like the Zarina one in lilac I’ve been coveting for a while now. If you’re too hot for pants and long sleeves, these shorts-style options are a no-brainer.
  • Madewell: Great options for laid back jumpsuits with a boxy, flowy fit.
  • Loft: Petite friends, unite! Loft has several cute options for sale right now that are ideal for those of us who are 5”4 and under.
  • AGOLDE: These denim styles are a bit heavier, but the quality is impeccable and the cuts are extremely flattering.
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