There’s something about a woman in a bright pattern, a bold shade of lipstick, or a colorful heel that always catches my eye. She’s confident, she knows exactly who she is, and she doesn’t need a safe color like black or beige to keep her head held high. Her personality isn’t beige, or blah. It never was. She was born to stand out and command attention.
Why can’t that woman be you? Or me?
If you took a look at my closet, it’s historically been definitively, well, black. And gray. There’s not (or at least, there didn’t used to be) a lot of variety, because if I had $100 and you asked me whether I’d spend it on 1 statement piece or 3 basic staples I could wear every day, the deeply practical inner monster in me would pick the latter every time. What can I say? No matter how much I love a good culotte or suede mini, you’ll usually find me in jeans, black boots, and a sweater when I’m heading to work.
I love my neutrals, but sometimes, you just gotta live boldly and kick things up a notch. While I’m usually pretty weary about patterns in general, if there’s one thing that gets me really excited, it’s a patterned jumpsuit. Jumpsuits are such an effortlessly cool way to rock a head-to-toe pattern that you wouldn’t otherwise be open to, like a loud floral, or in my case, polka dots (I was NEVER a polka dot person until recently). Not one to be taken lightly, a jumpsuit is perfect for rising to the task of making the move towards boldness an easy, fearless leap rather than a terrifying jump. Here’s why –
Jumpsuits make rocking loud colors and bold patterns a no-brainer. Rather than trying to find a piece to make your outfit pop, a jumpsuit commands all of the attention and allows you to pair it with more understated pieces to reign it in.
Jumpsuits are an outfit no-brainer. You’re 80% of the way to a completed look.
Jumpsuits are already NATURALLY flattering, which makes the transition into pattern-wearing more comfortable.
And my personal favorite – jumpsuits are comfortable. I don’t know about you, but comfort = my all-time top accessory.
Here are three of my current favorite patterned jumpsuits on heavy rotation right now, and how I styled them to exude comfort, confidence, and ANYTHING but ‘beige blah.’
Three Ways to Style a Patterned Jumpsuit this Summer
OUTFIT ONE: Polka Dot Pop
Neutral Pattern + Pops of Color
A neutral jumpsuit is an ideal vehicle for pops of color and louder, statement accessories. This black and white number practically begged for a red lip, pink sunglasses, and gold oval hoops. By the way, these colors (red and pink) are usually waaaayyyy outside my comfort zone. I personally hate pink. But with a neutral head-to-toe ensemble, you have the right foundation to take more risks and try something new.
What I Wore:
OUTFIT TWO: Stripes & Shapes
Expected Pattern + Unexpected Shapes
Only have a solid-colored jumpsuit, or maybe one in a more generic, ‘expected’ pattern, like vertical stripes? Wild it up a notch with unexpected shapes in unexpected places – like a round woven purse and heart-shaped sunnies. If you’re going to go for it, go all the way.
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OUTFIT THREE: Flower Queen
Bold Pattern + Neutral Accents
On the flip side, if you have a jumpsuit with a bold, in-your-face pattern, first of all – yay! Good for you. Second of all, if it’s on the louder side, reign it in with neutral accents, like camel-colored heels and a purse or fannypack.
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