We don’t have to be Rosie the Riveter amid the chaos of World War 2, but we sure can follow in her worthy footsteps and emulate her attitude. She single-handedly inspired women in her time to live by her ‘We Can Do It’ motto, and continues to do just that as a fashion icon who has inspired a new age experimentation with jumpsuit.
The jumpsuits of today epitomize timelessness and effortless style. Along with boiler suits and dungarees, jumpsuits have an intense moment every few years. We see designers reinvent this classic piece and elevate it in contemporary and very interesting ways.
In theory, a jumpsuit is a slim-fitting, one-piece garment that covers the arms and legs. This (almost) head-to-toe, all-in-one garment lets you go beyond a simple dress or jeans-and-shirt combination. And, of course, it has adapted down the years and decades to changing times. It was created as a utility garment in 1919 for parachuters, and the humble jumpsuit’s voyage to acquire feisty design potential on the Balenciaga runway in 2002 is noteworthy. From the denim of the earliest jumpsuits to leather one-pieces and heavily-embellished designs, this former sportswear style is one of the most popular pieces in a fashionista’s wardrobe. The jumpsuit has since been reimagined on the runways for and inside the ateliers of luxury houses like Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain, Missoni, Stella McCartney and many more. From formal wear and casual wear to red carpet and party ready, the jumpsuit story spans the entire spectrum.
The key to rocking a jumpsuit is to find the right fit. A slight misjudgment in fit, and the look can go from fab to drab in no time. While a dress could be a familiar option when choosing what to wear, consider the jumpsuit, too, as a sartorial choice. To upgrade the look to suit the occasion, accessorizing is your best friend. Try a belt, some jewellery and a handbag when styling a jumpsuit. With sleeveless or less dramatic sleeves, a leather jacket could be added to finish the look off with some edge. Statement boots or a pair of high-end sneakers pair really well with jumpsuits for a casual day out. Swap them out for heels as the night turns youthful.
We have curated nine of our favourite jumpsuit looks on celebrities to help you on your journey to becoming a street-style icon.
The gorgeous fluidity of the drape, the tie-up detail at the back, and the bare shoulder serve up effortless style. Karisma rounds the look off with gold hoops, and we can’t take our eyes off it and her!
Shraddha is striking in a sleek striped and printed jumpsuit. The gathers at the wrist gives the look some dramatic flair, while the belt pulls the chic look together perfectly.
The devil’s in the details when it comes to this jumpsuit on Alia Bhatt. The faded print and the bishop sleeves take the look to a whole new level.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Take a cue from Shilpa Shetty Kundra on bringing artisanal cheer to a good old jumpsuit with tie-n-dye.
Sonam proves why she is the queen of everything fashion with this hot pink one-shoulder detailed jumpsuit, though we have to admit we can’t think of any ensembles she would fail to pull off anyway.
Aditi Rao Hydari
Aditi Rao Hydari is the epitome of regal elegance in this one-shoulder, sequinned, navy jumpsuit.
Kajol is a woman on a mission but with a side of easy chic. The straight cut of the legs and the cinched waist are topped off with an interesting tie-up detail. The gold jewellery is the perfect addition.
Anushka Sharma carries off this fitted number with a cut-out detail with unabashed charisma; we have only one word for everything that’s happening in the image – magnifique!
Flowy, flouncy and fabulous! Alaya’s lightly layered and dazzling jumpsuit with slits would be the star on any red carpet!