Out of all the articles of clothing, I feel my most powerful when I wear a jumpsuit. I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps it could be the masculinity of a men’s suit married to the feminine silhouette of a women’s dress. In my honest opinion, it’s the most comfortable, the most effortless and the one piece of clothing I can slip on no matter my mood and feel like I can conquer the world. Do you have any pieces of clothing that makes you feel this way too?
Where did the popularity of the jumpsuit originate from? Once upon a time, a jumpsuit sighting was rare. My earliest recollection of a time when jumpsuits were all the rage is in movies that took place in the 70’s. You’d frequently see the stylish women rocking a one piece as they’re dancing the night away at some club (think Farrah Fawcett’s emerald jumpsuit in Charlie’s Angels). That’s the thing…jumpsuits were too fancy for every day wear and too risqué for the office. Fast forward to the present, and you can’t walk down the street of any metropolitan area without seeing at least a handful of women rocking a jumpsuit in all different kinds of styles.
Jane Fonda called the jumpsuit “the epitome of a modern women’s wardrobe” and I couldn’t agree more. There are now jumpsuits for every occasion. Linen material and light weight for running errands, dressed up but conservative for weddings, form fitting and lace adorned for a night on the town or shoulder-covering and chic for the office. Whenever I go to any clothing retail brick and mortar, the first piece of clothing that attracts my eye is a jumpsuit. So much so, my mom has to steer me away or else all my money would go out the window and my whole closet would be filled with slip on one pieces.
The inspiration for the jumpsuit was drawn from the industrial overall uniforms people used to wear to protect themselves while at a hard day’s work. Fashion designers took this look and transformed it to fit the trendiest celebrities in the most famous movies. Then overtime, the jumpsuit went from Hollywood screens to acceptable on red carpets. Now, jumpsuits are the staple pieces every professional woman has in her closet. The evolution of the jumpsuit is actually quite incredible if you think about it. It has transformed into a piece of clothing that parallels a women’s busy life with the ease of slipping one article of clothing on and heading out the door. Thanks to Rent the Runway’s Unlimited Membership, I can now switch out the jumpsuits in my closet to align with every special occasion (or lack thereof) in my life. I have pulled together some of my favorites from the RTR site in case one of these occasions is coming up for you! All of these styles are available with the Rent the Runway Unlimited Membership.
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Little Black Jumpsuit