Jumpsuits for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Casual Version
Quote of the day: “The superior man is modes in his speech, but exceeds in his actions” Confucius
I think there is probably as much controversy on jumpsuits as there is on the open shoulder shirts! Maybe for differing reasons (like the ability to go to the bathroom in a hurry), but I’m sure by this stage in the game, we all realize there are pros & cons to everything in life. I will admit that I was one of those women in the “no” corner regarding jumpsuits and I didn’t even have one. So when Samantha, of Fake Fabulous, challenged me to style us all in the one-piece garments, I realized I needed to try it before I gave it the thumbs down.
I ordered all of us different jumpsuits on ThredUp for a mere $20 or so for each of them. If you haven’t heard of the site, it’s basically an online thrift store. I’ve also used them to recycle some of my clothes and got paid to do it. This is not a sponsored post, and I didn’t get anything for this bragging, but as a woman who loves a deal, I think it’s a great way to find pieces for your closet. The site allows you to look for certain items by size, brand, color & even price, so especially if you’re looking for something in particular…it’s much easier. They even allow returns, which is quite convenient. If you are interested in checking them out, make sure to use the code http://www.thredup.com/r/E2KHKQ since then you’ll get a $10 credit (and so will I). And if you are a first time buyer with them, you can also receive 40% off your first order with the code BOL6TUSL. Saving money is such a good thing!
I started with us going for the casual around town look in our jumpsuits.
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: This wasn’t my first attempt at buying a jumpsuit. I had originally bought one at ASOS to try, but it didn’t work at all–the color was wrong, the fit wasn’t great, but let me tell you the return was super easy. When I saw this one, I wasn’t sure it’d work because it was a strapless version. So I decided to add ribbon as straps to cover the bra straps. I even made them snap in the front so they’d be easier to take on & off; however, I found I really don’t need the snaps…the straps slide down my shoulders just fine when I need to take it off.
For my casual look, I paired this jumpsuit with flats (maybe a tad too matchy-matchy?) and a denim shirt for anyplace with A/C. The earrings are tatted….I found them at a textile exhibit!
Jumpsuit: G by Giuliana–Thred Up (similar here in B&W)~~Blouse: Gap (similar here)~~Shoes: Banana Republic (similar here in a lighter blue)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here in a crochet)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy was the most excited about this category. She loves jumpsuits and had quite a few in her past. The first one I bought (from ThredUp) was a failure because it ended up being too voluminous. I tried to alter it but to no avail. Since Nancy is short waisted, we really needed to get a petite version. So I went shopping and found this one which only needed a slight alteration where it snaps in the front (you can see it a little better in the next post of the series).
One of my favorite details about this jumpsuit is the ruching at the ankle. We added denim to Nancy’s casual look, and went with the white sneakers! This would be one of those easy to convert to an evening look with just a change of shoes & jewelry!
Jumpsuit: WHBM (similar here in burgundy but only a couple sizes left or here in black)~~Jacket: Merona (similar here with a lace insert and on sale or here-could be the same one but it’s only in a XXL)~~Shoes: Keds (here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: When I ordered this for mom, I knew the size would be big on her, but I also knew the color would look fantastic with her complexion. I figured she’d be more apt to actually wear it since it had a little upper arm coverage. Luckily mom is amazing when it comes to sewing and alterations because she basically remade the thing! There’s a zipper in the back that is hard for her reach herself, so she tried switching the zipper to the side seam. Well that didn’t work, so it’s back in the back!
We left the belt that came with it on for this post, and ended up tying it in the back!
Jumpsuit: Eloquii-Thred Up (similar here in blue)~~Shoes: Hippopotamus (similar here with an espadrille heel)~~Scarf: (similar here an infinity version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here crazy expensive, but all I could find similar)
I really am so glad you stopped by—please take a moment and say hello in the comments—I cherish each & every one of them!
Jodie’s photography by Kari Strand Photography
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Jumpsuits come in all shapes, styles & colors—I’ll start with some more casual ones here (and don’t be afraid of strapless—it’s super easy to add straps to it). And if you don’t love sleeveless, you can always wear a tee under it):