Fashion A to Z: J for Jumpsuit

Last week we took a look a jeans. Before we move on in the alphabet, let’s take look a jumpsuits. The jumpsuit is currently an 8os fashion comeback ( I remember my first one in 1986) but has roots far deeper than the 80s.

The jumpsuit was a garment designed for jumping. Literally. It was designed for parachuters and skydivers. In 1919 the Italian artist Thayat designed a one piece suit for the working class. The suit became popular with the Florentine upper class as a fashionable look.

Elsa Schiaparelli created a high fashion version from silk for women in the 1930s. Due to the war, it was put on hold. Cotton overalls and coveralls began being made for women in the 40s as they took the man’s place in the workforce during the war. Remember Rosie the Riveter?

1942 jumpsuit pattern (source)

The fashion jumpsuit came back on the scene in the 60s and 70s. Elvis made it popular with musicians, performing in his famous white suit.

70s jumpsuit styles
70s pattern via

The 80s brought more elaborate cuts and embellishments. Anyone remember the puffy sleeve, big bow rompers?

80s jumpsuit

Today’s jumpsuits have evolved into simpler designs and there’s one for any occasion. From a casual brunch to wedding attire, there is a jumpsuit that is appropriate.

This jumpsuit is easy to dress up or down. I wore it to work (business casual day) with a blazer, and to church with a denim jacket as pictured.

dotted jumpsuit with denim jacket

Jacket- Old Navy; jumpsuit- Amazon; shoes- Steve Madden

Related: 3 Jumpsuits for all your next events (and how to shop for them)

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