How I Faked a Jumpsuit

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I’m really conflicted about jumpsuits. One the one hand, I love me a good onesie. On the other, I abhor any site of clothing that is intrinsically non-ergonomic. On a purely aesthetic level, jumpsuits are speaking to my inner eye — an undulating wave of 1970s sophistication. But this is one instance where form triumph over function — because should you have the unfortunate biological need to urinate, you have to basically undress.

Which is exactly why I’ve NEVER bought a jumpsuit. But this past weekend, I faked it.

Top: Chloe (Consignment) | Bottoms: Man Repeller x PJK | Belt: Donna Karan (Secondhand) | Clutch: Coach | Platforms: Nicholas Kirkwood (Consignment)
Top: Chloe (Consignment) | Bottoms: Man Repeller x PJK | Belt: Donna Karan (Secondhand) | Clutch: Coach | Platforms: Nicholas Kirkwood (Consignment)

Behold, the faux-jumpsuit. The recipe for this sham is easy:

  1. Choose pants (wide-leg is superb — culotte length is even better)
  2. Find top that looks virtually identical to pants’ material
  3. Tuck top into pants’ waistband
  4. Belt, belt, belt (blingy is best here)

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This season, jumpsuits have continued their world domination, and the temptation to buy them is high. Resist — at least until you’ve at least TRIED my version. (If you’re like me, you detest spending money on sartorial novelties.) No need to worry if anyone will suspect. I wore this look to a dinner with 8 people, and ALL of them thought this was the real McCoy.

And best of all? Nearly everything for this look — except the clutch and the pants — is secondhand.

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I’ve owned the “ingredients” for this jumpsuit for ages — and I can’t believe it took me this long to put them together. Would you fake a jumpsuit? Let me know if you give this look a shot!

Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood (Consignment)
Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood (Consignment)