Très Facile: A Look at The Jumpsuit

Somehow skirting the line of being both utilitarian and glam, the jumpsuit makes a singular statement in a category all it's own. For the past 100 years or so the jumpsuit has been perpetually in style, whether worn by avant-garde artists on the fringes or worn by laborers, politicians, pilots; anyone who wants to portray an attitude of hard-work and adventure. The first jumpsuit is said to be designed by Italian futurist Ernesto Michahelles in 1919, a sleek product of the industrial revolution, it's ease is a rebellion against bourgeoise stereotypes and meant to revolutionize fashion with it's modern Italian sensibility.

Cut to the American 1970's. Jumpsuits became sexy, chic and perfect for dancing all night. Form fitting, often with a flared leg, these jumpsuits accentuated movement and grace. Sure the jumpsuit, or the playsuit or romper, had great moments in the 40's and 50's but it's true time to shine was the glamorous disco era when icons like Bianca Jagger, Cher, and David Bowie donned jumpsuits more often than not.

Both masculine and feminine, the jumpsuit remains the go-to uniform for the modern woman. One can wear over-alls for painting or gardening (or looking like you did) a linen fabrication for lazy afternoon lunches around the city, and switch to a sleek silhouette for evening. Throw on a heel and a red lip and you can achieve near black-tie levels of dress, all while basically wearing comfortable pants that stay in place.

No one would blame you for having a closet full of one-piece ensembles. Freeing your sense of experimentation to shoes, bags, and accessories. The staying power of the jumpsuit is reflected in our deep edit with selections from Ilana Kohn, Ozma, Lauren Manoogian, and Apiece Apart. See some of our favorite silhouettes below.

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