How I decided on the perfect couch.
If you were to ask me which category of clothing I couldn't live without, I would answer "jumpsuits" faster than you know Pilot Pete will be sending Victoria home after the Fantasy Suite. For someone who loves to sleep, there's nothing better than eliminating dressing decisions in the morning, and personally, I find it easy to only have to ask myself two questions when I get dressed: Which jumpsuit should I choose and what shoes work with it? I wear them so frequently, I've become the (self-anointed) Jumpsuit Queen in the office.
But utility jumpsuits are a bit trickier. They're boxy and typically skew masculine, so they're tougher to wear if your style leans more feminine. That includes most of the ladies in the office, who tend to shy away from them because they'd (understandably) rather minimize purchases that don't get a ton of wear. But, I don't give up that easily. I pulled a few of my favorites and styled them for six separate occasions, hoping it will inspire you (and the team!) to join my movement and get on the utility jumpsuit train (#jumpsuits2020):
I can feel intimidated when I'm grabbing a meal with a friend who always looks put-together (you can usually find me in yoga pants and a Disneyland sweatshirt when I'm not working), and the easiest way to feel chic without much of an effort is going with a monochromatic look. In this case, I went with neutral everything and added a rectangular bucket bag to mirror the structured nature of the jumpsuit (though the cinched waist does help add a bit of femininity to it!).
This is a true boiler suit without a cinched waist, which makes it my favorite, but also the toughest to feel fashion-forward in. If I wasn't going to work, I'd throw on my Birkenstocks and keep it as far from flirty as possible, but I decided to wear black flats with gold embellishments and a vintage velvet purse to make it more sophisticated and daintier.
I'm ready to add this GAP jumpsuit to my pajama rotation–it's so soft, extremely comfortable, and the poppy pink color warrants too many compliments to count. I threw on sneakers and grabbed a straw bag to make it a bit less Glossier employee and a bit more girly plumber who can plow through a to-do list like her life depends on it.
I'm a big fan of wearing black to concerts/events, mainly so I don't have to stress over the impending sweat, spills, or dirt. But I don't want to wear all black, so I added white accessories, and a red lip to pop. If you're braver than I am, swap the boots for a heel.
Jumpsuits might seem bulky when you're packing, but if you can get more than one wear out of them, they're worth it. This one by H&M has long sleeves that could keep me warm or protect me from a sunburn. It's also breathable and light enough that I could wear it in warmer climates–plus the sleeve and legs are super easy to roll. It also has lots of pockets, which I like for room keys, extra hairbands, or gum when I'm traveling. Added some water-resistant combat boots to really round out the safari vibe. I felt prepared for anything: strong sun, heavy rain, or a wild pack of hyenas.
This isn't your typical utility jumpsuit. I felt like a member of the Donna and the Dynamos in this, and I loved it. The silhouette accentuates your waist and gives the illusion of having curves (spoiler alert: I have none). The green corduroy fabric dresses it down and gives it such great texture, so it didn't need a lot of accessorizing. I added a simple pointed toe heel to make it appropriate for a night out and pulled up my hair so there was no chance my date would miss the jumpsuit. Truly felt like a dancing queen.