Friday, February 19, 2016

Jumpsuit for Joy!

Photos by Loren Ferguson of Elysian Fine Art
Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit - on sale!! (sleeveless version here) | Elaine Turner clutch {previous season, similar style here - available in 10 colors} | Steve Madden heels - on sale & comes in tons of colors | Zayver Designs necklace & cuff

Hello Friday! The weather has been amazing here in Houston this past week - 70-80 degrees, and low humidity - one of the perks of living in Texas during the winter! Sorry for all who have single digit temps and snow.

I couldn't wait to share these pictures with you. I first wore this jumpsuit about a year and a half ago for the launch party of Ashley Nicole Style, my wardrobe consulting and fashion styling business (the blog didn't start until several months after that, in June). I bought the jumpsuit, had the pant legs altered (they were insanely long), and wore it to my party, all in the same day! To say I was a bit panicked would be putting it mildly. 

As you can guess, the one piece was a huge hit. Seriously, I don't think I have ever received so many compliments. I rarely wear black, but when I do, it has to be something that a) I love, b) is a huge statement maker, and c) probably didn't come in any other color. This fell into all those categories. I actually think the color made the piece as it was still evocative of the '70's without looking costumey. Plus, it has a very streamlined and elegant aspect to it, and is elongating. 

Pulling off the one-piece trend is actually easier than you may think. Don't shy away from this look until you've tried a few of my tips:
- Break up the big block of solid color with a lightweight jacket or blazer in a fun print or pattern (wear it open or drape it across your shoulders). A faux fur stole or shrug would also be a great addition.
-Add a belt to define your waist (this also helps break up the monochromatic look)
-Just add heels. Even the most utilitarian or casual jumpsuit can be amped up with booties or wedges
-Go for a flowy fabric. Jumpsuits aren't meant to be overly form fitting
-Embrace the deep-v neck. If a lower cut jumpsuit makes you self-conscious, easily cover up the area by wearing a lacy bandeau or large statement necklace

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