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7 Creative Ways to Style Your Jumpsuit this Fall

7 Creative Ways to Style Your Jumpsuit this Fall

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Fall styling at its best is filled with great layering and a plethora of creativity. All you need is one good piece for the fun to begin, like a jumpsuit. By adding a few additional items, you can reimagine a jumpsuit to look upscale, relaxed and even professional. Now, your favorite night out outfit is a versatile and go-to daytime piece. With a jumpsuit in mind, we have created seven original looks that are easy to do and ultra-fashionable for the season and beyond.

1) Add A Fancy Blouse

Choose a great blouse with a detailed neckline and pair it under your jumpsuit, add a matching belt—or not—to complete the look.

2) Add A Cropped Sweater

For a little more elegance, style a knit cropped sweater with your jumpsuit. This look is great for sweaters with large hole patterns or even a sheer top. You won’t have to worry about wearing a tank top or undershirt, the jumpsuit does the trick.
*Note: you can use yarn to tie a sweater up (don’t pin it up; pins will ruin the knit) from the inside, if you don’t have a cropped sweater.

3) Add A Blazer

Simply throw on a blazer and you have an easy business casual look. Now all you need to focus on are the heels.

4) Add A Scarf

Take your favorite scarf, drape it over your shoulders like you would a shawl (if it is long then double it) and put your jumpsuit on over it. Make sure you tuck the scarf fully into the jumper. Then pull out/fluff the sleeves and collar to get your desired look. This look is very easy to do, and yes, it really is a scarf!

5) Add An Oversized Sweater and Belt

A stylish, relaxed look isn’t complete without an oversized sweater. Leave it open or accessorize it with a waist belt.

6) Add A Collared Shirt

Instead or wearing a collared shirt and trousers, why not wear a collared shirt under a jumpsuit? Put on a striped, patterned or plain collared shirt, add a colorful belt or scarf and your ready for work or wherever the day takes you.

7) Add A Crop Top and Collared Shirt

If you can’t get enough of the crop top or collared shirt look, then try pairing them together for a little edginess. Style your jumpsuit with a collared shirt layered under it and a cropped top layered over it. Mix it up with a short sleeve vs long sleeve shirt and of course, fun accessories.

Suits 102: 4 Things You Should Know to Look Exceptional in Any Suit

Suits 102: 4 Things You Should Know to Look Exceptional in Any Suit

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Now that you have an idea of what a proper fitting suit should feel like and how to check for fit, let’s discuss the remaining three characteristics of a suit—quality, style, and color.

Quality

What increases the quality of a suit are the materials used and attention to detail during construction. If you are shopping for a high-quality suit, think 100% wool, cotton and cashmere lined with an equally luxurious fabric like silk. When it comes to construction look for blazers and skirts that are fully lined and pants that are partially lined, at least.
However, if your budget cannot afford a high-quality suit, then that is okay. Go with what works within your budget because suits do not need to break the bank. You can find nicely constructed suits at an economical price point. Suits in this category are usually made out of a blend of fabrics like cotton, polyester, linen, and viscose and lined with similar fabrics. A combination of a good fit, flattering style, and nice color can make up for a lack in quality.

Style

Selecting a style of suit is usually the fun part. There are so many silhouettes from which to choose — wide leg, cropped, high-waist, slim fit, the list goes on. To simplify things, ask yourself these three questions. 1) What style will I get the most use out of? 2) Can this style be worn in every season? 3) Does this look nice on me?
If this is your first suit for work, then try to stay away from what is trendy and opt for a style that is timeless, like a flared pantsuit or a pencil skirtsuit. Flared pants and pencil skirts are so versatile; both are universally flattering and can be worn year-round. If you have a bunch of suits and you want to add more to your collection, then focus on what flatters your body.

Color

Color is paired expertly with style so give them equal thought. Bright colors are ways to express your personality while neutral colors are usually more professional and symbolic. For instance, navy is calming and signifies trust. Black is sleek and portrays elegance. Patterned suits like pinstripes are another beautiful option. Grey pinstriped suits are very popular and are not just for men; they look just as good on women. Color is genderless, so think about what image you want to portray, first. Then, choose a color that flatters your figure and complements the style of the suit. Black and navy are top choices.
If you’d like to go a little further and master suiting, here are additional things to consider.

Suits 101: 4 Things You Should Know to Look Exceptional in Any Suit

Suits 101: 4 Things You Should Know to Look Exceptional in Any Suit

Image: Brooks Brothers website
At some point in your life, you will need to navigate the world of suits to buy at least one that is good for work and more. To help make your search for a suitable suit go well when the time comes, let’s discuss the basics—fit, quality, style, and color. Those are what we call the four characteristics of a suit. Once you have a better concept of them, the suit world will magically become demystified. This is a two-part guide; part one focuses on fit since it’s crucial.

Fit

Fit is the way something conforms to the shape of your body. In a sense, it is measured by how a garment hits your body in all the right places and feels comfortable while looking nice on you. A proper fitting suit can take you a long way, thus making it very, very important. If an item doesn’t fit properly, then most likely you won’t feel confident when wearing it. And suits are commanding! They are sophisticated, casual, captivating, and sleek.

In general, there are things to look for when determining the proper fit of a suit. However, keep in mind that fit varies by style. Here are further details to know about fit and simple ways to test for it.

Jacket

Sleeves: The shoulder seam of a suit jacket (where the sleeve is set) should fall slightly off the top of your shoulder to just before the rounded part. That placement allows for free arm movement. If the shoulder seam falls before, or higher up on your shoulder, then the jacket will be tight and restrictive in the arm area.
Movement test: With the jacket on, hold your arms out wide then cross them high in front of you. Almost like you are hugging yourself but make your arms boxed. If you feel like something is pulling or tight, then try a larger size.
Body: The jacket buttons should not show any signs of tension or pull when buttoned up. That is a sign of ill-fit, in this case, the jacket is too small. Also, the jacket lapels when buttoned make a V-shape. This V-shape should not be too wide. That is another sign the jacket is too small.
Size test: Button up the jacket then look at it from the back in a mirror. If there is a lot of room in the back, then the suit is too big. If your back is bulging, then the suit is too small.

Pants

For pants, fit is focused in the waist, hips, and crotch areas. The fit in those areas should be more relaxed this is where tension shows. If this area is too tight, it will also be highly uncomfortable. Your Waist is probably the trickiest because most people have a slimmer waist. So, pants can fit in the other areas but your waistband can be too big. A simple fix is to have the waist taken in by a tailor or use a belt.
Comfort test: Try sitting down in the pants before purchasing to see how it feels in those areas. If it’s tight, go up a size.
Leg Length: Very long pants will drag on the ground and get holes over time. To prevent against this, make sure your pants stop at least 2-3 inches above the ground with heels on. Two to three inches is suggested because weight fluctuates and this provides some wiggle room. (weight loss = longer length/weight gain = shorter length)
Length test: Walk around in a pair of heels with the pants on. If they drag on the floor, then get them hemmed.