How to Wear a Jumpsuit Like an Expert: 10 Styling Dos and Don’ts

Jumpsuits are cute and trendy, but they’re not exactly the easiest things to wear. Getting the correct length is tricky, choosing the right fit is crucial, and let’s not even talk about how they leave you fully naked when you need to use the bathroom.

But, don’t let that intimidate you from wearing a jumpsuit. Consider it a small price to pay for a chic-er alternative to the usual dresses, a quick pick-me-up to your t-shirt-and-jeans routine, and a fabulous way to get on a trend that’s hot both on and off the red carpet.

Want to pull off that jumpsuit look like an expert? We got help from some of our favorite fashionable celebrities and put together this guide on 10 dos and don’ts in styling a jumpsuit.

1. For casual occasions, choose a relaxed-fit jumpsuit with a gathered waist.

Casual jumpsuits generally come in relaxed fits, which make them perfect comfortable pieces for daily coffee runs. It’s also easy to adjust their looseness as they usually come with an elastic or drawstring waist like Selena Gomez’s or Jessica Alba’s printed jumpsuits below.

Also try a boilersuit style like Rihanna’s green suit for an edgier, heavier-duty look. Note how RiRi still chose one with a fitted waist.

Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, and Rihanna wear casual jumpsuits the right way.Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, and Rihanna looking cool and comfy in relaxed-fit casual jumpsuits.

Avoid casual jumpsuits that are too loose that they end up making you look frumpy and shapeless. Also be wary of jumpsuits that give you that unflattering “long butt” like what happened to Lucy Hale in the picture below. It’s when too much fabric blouses over the waistband that the waist is completely lost and your butt, hips, and back merge into one, long, rectangular butt shape.

Heidi Klum, Alicia Keys, and Lucy Hale wearing ill-fitting jumpsuits.Heidi Klum, Alicia Keys, and Lucy Hale wearing too-loose and unflattering jumpsuits.

2. For dressier events, go for a tailored jumpsuit.

Tailored is the only way to go when it comes to wearing a jumpsuit to an evening gala or a cocktail event. Famously curvy celebrities Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, and Ariel Winter were all able to fabulously pull off tailored jumpsuits with wide legs that flattered their figures.

Tie your whole polished look together with elegant accessories like chandelier earrings, a box clutch, and bold, red lips.

Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, and Ariel Winter in impeccably tailored jumpsuits.Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, and Ariel Winter in impeccably tailored jumpsuits.

However, tailoring isn’t 100% foolproof. Tyra Banks, Taylor Swift, and Dascha Polanco all surely must’ve had their jumpsuits custom-fitted for their red carpet events but they still ended up on worst-dressed lists. Tyra’s black-and-white patterned jumpsuit is too bizarre, Taylor’s sparkly black catsuit is way too tight, and Dascha’s puckered tuxedo jumpsuit looks like it still needs more tailoring.

Tyra Banks in a bizarre patterned jumpsuit, Taylor Swift in a skintight jumpsuit, and Dascha Polanco in an ill-fitted jumpsuit.Tyra Banks in a bizarre patterned jumpsuit, Taylor Swift in a way-too-tight jumpsuit, and Dascha Polanco in an ill-fitted jumpsuit at different red carpet events.

3. Cinch your waist.

Break a jumpsuit’s monochromatic, straight-up-and-down line and define your waist with a belt. You can cinch it at your natural waistline like how Kate Hudson and Elizabeth Banks did or a little lower on the hips to create a lengthier illusion.

In addition to belts, long-sleeved shirts and jackets tied around the waist work just as well in creating an hourglass shape in a jumpsuit. We love how Heidi Klum tied a denim jacket low on her waist to match with her tropical-flower-print jumpsuit’s laidback vibe.

Belted or cinched-at-the-waist jumpsuits on Kate Hudson, Heidi Klum, and Elizabeth Banks.Kate Hudson wearing the right belt width to cinch her jumpsuit, Heidi Klum tying a denim jacket tied low around her floral jumpsuit, and Elizabeth Banks wearing a jeweled fabric belt to accentuate her tiny waist in a sparkly blue jumpsuit.

Not all belts are created equal. British TV actress Gabriella Ellis wore her brown braided belt way too high under her bra line that it ended up giving her a paunch. Elle Fanning chose a grommeted belt that was too wide and too heavy for her polka-dotted jumpsuit and petite frame.

Meanwhile, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra showed the effect of not wearing a belt at all: she lost all her waist definition in a billowy khaki jumpsuit.

Celebrities wearing wrong or no belts with jumpsuits.British TV actress Gabriella Ellis wearing a belt too high around her midsection, Elle Fanning accessorizing her jumpsuit with a too-wide belt, and Indian actress Priyanka Chopra not wearing a belt at all and losing her waist definition.

4. When going with a cropped-length jumpsuit, choose one that stops at the ankle.

While a wide-leg jumpsuit is the most universally flattering, a more closely fitted jumpsuit can give you a more sleek and streamlined look. The best hem length for this type of jumpsuit is just right at the ankle like how Julianne Hough wore hers in the pic below. This length still gives you the long, lean look of a jumpsuit while also allowing you to show off your shoes at the same time.

If you want to try a shorter, at-the-knee length, choose a jumpsuit in a gaucho or culottes style like Alesha Dixon’s and Vanessa Hudgens’. The extra width from the flared style balances out the jumpsuit’s short length and will not stunt your height.

Julianne Hough, Alesha Dixon, and Vanessa Hudgens in ankle and knee-length jumpsuits.Julianne Hough in an fitted ankle-length jumpsuit, Alesha Dixon in a black-satin culotte jumpsuit, and Vanessa Hugdens in a loose white-linen jumpsuit.

Gemma Arterton, Emma Watson, and Kristen Stewart below show what can happen when you wear a jumpsuit that’s cropped a little too short. The awkward above-ankle length scrunched their height and made them appear shorter than they are.

Too-short cropped jumpsuits on Gemma Arterton, Emma Watson, and Kristen Stewart.Gemma Arterton, Emma Watson, and Kristen Stewart all wearing too-short cropped jumpsuits that stunt their height.

5. When wearing full-length jumpsuits, select a straight to wide-legged style.

Jumpsuits with straight or wide legs are the easiest to pull off. Just ask the Queen of Jumpsuits Jennifer Lopez, who has never met a flared jumpsuit that she didn’t like.

Jennifer Lopez wearing flared jumpsuits.Jennifer Lopez showing that she’s an expert at wearing flared jumpsuits, be it red carpet formal or everyday casual.

The one thing to be most careful about in wearing a wide-leg jumpsuit is the hem length, especially if you’re short in stature. The jumpsuit’s hem should hit just right at the tops of your feet, enough to show the tips of your shoes.

If your jumpsuit forms a puddle around your feet like Jessie J’s, bunches around your ankles like Marion Cotillard’s, or needs to be pulled up in order for you to walk like Kylie Jenner’s, then schedule an appointment with a tailor ASAP.

Jessie J, Marion Cotillard, and Kylie Jenner in too-long jumpsuits.Jessie J in a sparkly brown jumpsuit that needs to be hemmed, Marion Cotillard in a striped jumpsuit that bunches around the ankles, and Kylie Jenner in a too-long jumpsuit that gets in the way when she walks.

6. Shop for a jumpsuit that fits the length of your torso.

Since the pants can be hemmed, the fit of a jumpsuit on your torso is more crucial. Below are the fits that you want to avoid: Myleen Klass’ gray jumpsuit that’s saggy at the crotch, Kristen Stewart’s red jumpsuit with weird puckering in front, and Gal Gadot’s swimsuit-cum-palazzo pants jumpsuit that gave the “Wonder Woman” star an unfortunate camel toe.

Myleen Klass, Kristen Stewart, and Gal Gadot in drop-crotch, weird crotch, and camel-toe jumpsuits.Myleene Klass in a saggy gray jumpsuit, Kristen Stewart in a poorly tailored jumpsuit with weird puckering at the crotch, and Gal Gadot in a swimsuit-cum-palazzo pants jumpsuit that gives her camel toe.

7. Wear a jacket over your jumpsuit.

Adding a jacket is one of the easiest ways to dress up a jumpsuit. Michelle Dockery upped her style meter with a black blazer, model Kendall Jenner looked even taller when she paired a cream duster coat with a white jumpsuit, and Katie Holmes epitomized casual chic in a gray sports jacket worn over a cuffed denim jumpsuit.

Michelle Dockery, Kendall Jenner, and Katie Holmes wearing jackets with jumpsuits.Michelle Dockery, Kendall Jenner, and Katie Holmes demonstrating how to wear a blazer, a long coat, and a jacket with jumpsuits.

Emma Watson unfortunately overdid the jacket and completely engulfed her small frame in a bottom-heavy long blazer and wide-leg pants ensemble. And although Kim Kardashian tried to cover up in a long, tuxedo-lapel coat, she still could not hide the tackiness of her underwear-exposing, sheer-lace jumpsuit.

Emma Watson and Kim Kardashian showing how not to wear jackets with jumpsuits.Emma Watson being engulfed by her long blazer and wide-leg jumpsuit, and pregnant Kim Kardashian looking trashy in a sheer lace jumpsuit topped with a long, tuxedo-lapel duster coat.

8. Layer a top or a shirt under your jumpsuit.

If you can layer over a jumpsuit, you can layer under it! T-shirts, crop tops, and bralettes are casual favorites while long-sleeved dress shirts like Julia Roberts’ are formal go-tos.

Katie Piper, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Scherzinger layering shirts and tops under jumpsuits.British model Katie Piper wearing a white t-shirt underneath a blue maternity jumpsuit, Julia Roberts wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a pinstriped jumpsuit, and Nicole Scherzinger layering a white crop top with a navy jumpsuit.

Be careful with proportions when layering under jumpsuits. Marisa Tomei created too much bulk when she paired a collared shirt with a drapey satin jumpsuit, Alessandra Ambrosio wore a cap-sleeved shirt that didn’t balanc with her jumpsuit’s thick shoulder straps, and British actress Kat Shoob made herself look top-heavy in a white tee with too-loose sleeves.

Celebrities showing how not to layer tops under jumpsuits.Marisa Tomei, Alessandra Ambrosio, and British actress Kat Shoob layering tops not proportional to their jumpsuits.

9. Wear the right pair of shoes with your jumpsuit.

Jumpsuits have a tendency to draw the eye down because of their long length, so the best counterbalance to that is to wear heels. Wear point-toe pumps to peek out of wide-leg jumpsuits. Show off ankle-strap heels or cute booties when wearing cropped jumpsuits like Emma Stone and Kim Kardashian.

If you prefer flats like Gigi Hadid, just be mindful of your jumpsuit’s leg hems. Make sure they’re not dragging on the ground or swamping around your feet.

Emma Stone, Gigi Hadid, and Kim Kardashian show what shoes to wear with jumpsuits.Emma Stone wearing pointy-toe ankle-strap pumps with her ankle-length jumpsuit, Gigi Hadid pairing strappy flat sandals with her white cowl-neck jumpsuit, and Kim Kardashian wearing peep-toe booties with her strapless jumpsuit.

Ditch platform pumps like Kourtney Kardashian’s; their clunky style will pull down your look, which is opposite of their intended effect. If you will wear flats like Claudia Schiffer, don’t slash the height you have left by rolling up your jumpsuit’s hem cuffs. And, lastly, unless it’s the hammer pants look you’re really going for, don’t create unnecessary bulk and tuck in your jumpsuit’s pant legs into your boots a la Kim Kardashian.

Kourtney Kardashian, Claudia Schiffer, and Kim Kardashian showing what shoes not to wear with jumpsuits.Kourtney Kardashian pairing clunky platform pumps with her printed jumpsuit, Claudia Schiffer rolling up the thick hem of her denim jumpsuit to show her ankle-strap flats, and Kim Kardashian creating bulk by tucking her jumpsuit’s pants into her lace-up boots.

10. Experiment with quirky jumpsuits!

Once you’ve mastered solid and tailored jumpsuits, go ahead and experiment with jumpsuits in quirkier styles. Add fun to your wardrobe with a twisted and geometric-printed style like Willow Shields’. Look ready for the summer in a knot-front, candy-striped jumpsuit paired with flower earrings and a straw handbag like Kate Hudson’s. Try a flowy, feminine design with sexy leg slits like Demi Lovato’s.

Quirky jumpsuits on Willow Shields, Kate Hudson, and Demi Lovato.Willow Shields in a polka-dot jumpsuit, Kate Hudson in a knotted candy-striped jumpsuit, and Demi Lovato in a flowy, dress-like halter jumpsuit with sexy leg slits.

Just stay away from overly revealing, garishly printed, and way-too-tight jumpsuits and you’re golden.

Ugly jumpsuits on Hailey Baldwin, Yazmin Oukhellou, and Nicki Minaj.Hailey Baldwin exposing underwear in a sheer lace jumpsuit, British TV actress Yazmin Oukhellou in a garish printed jumpsuit, and Nicki Minaj in a skintight chain-print jumpsuit.

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