Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

It is finally time to talk about my favorite of all wardrobe staples: The black jumpsuit. The black jumpsuit is the “Little Black Dress” (i.e. LBD) of the every-day woman’s world. You can wear a properly tailored black jumpsuit so many different ways, which places it firmly in the ‘must-own’ column, and can justify a higher price, along with a place of honor, in your closet. My first piece of advice for finding the perfect black jumpsuit is to take on the assumption that you will not find the perfect fit right off the rack. Assume you will need to have this piece of clothing tailored. This actually makes finding this essential piece of clothing a lot easier since you can focus on style and fabric now, and worry about how it fits later.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

In my quest for my perfect black jumpsuit I had a few criteria in mind that I new would make this piece work for my body type (i.e. short + curvy!). I had this list of ‘musts’ firmly in my mind before even beginning my search. Having an idea of what you want before your start shopping cuts down on so much wasted time and frustration.

  1. Wide leg
  2. Wrap style bodice with a v-neckline
  3. Flowing fabric (jersey blend, preferably)

Thankfully, jumpsuits can be found in almost any department store, flattering to any body shape, and at many price points. My favorite places to shop for reasonably priced staples are Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom. If you choose a wide leg style jumpsuit with a relaxed fit you will most likely only need to have the bodice tailored. I suggest a style fitted to the waist, with a looser fit about the hips and thighs that either tapers nicely at the ankles, or continues in a wide, straight line from the waist. Search images with keywords describing your body type + the word “jumpsuit” on Pinterest or Google. This will give you an idea of how women with similar body types have styled a jumpsuit and help narrow down the cut/style that will look most flattering on you.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

I also suggest choosing a sleeveless jumpsuit for versatility reasons. You can always add a blouse underneath, but more of your blazers, dusters and sweaters will fit smoothly without sleeves. Bulky sleeve, ruffles, lace or trimmings on a jumpsuit can really narrow down the options for wearing it. So many more outfits can be created with a simple, sleeveless style.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Just like your LBD, your jumpsuit should be something you can pull out of your closet and wear at a moment’s notice while knowing you will look fabulous! It should be your ‘power piece,’ your ‘secret weapon’; Something that gives you that little boost of confidence because it fits impeccably and makes you stand a little taller. I love to pair shoes with a bit of a point on them with my jumpsuit because it elongates my 5’2″ to its fullest extent! I always wear 4″ heels because I’ve learned they look best on me, without hindering my ability to walk for at least 8 hours! Since almost all of my favorite office pumps are 4″ I made my best black jumpsuit with the hem to break perfectly over those shoes, which makes it easy to just pop on the jumpsuit and heels and GO! Yes, I did make the jumpsuit you see me wearing above! However, that’s absolutely not necessary and I would not suggesting doing so unless you’ve been sewing 10+ years (like I have!). Jersey fabric is extremely challenging to work with, as are fitting pants! I tried on a dozen jumpsuits that I loved and combined my favorite elements into my own design. A tailor cut out the pattern pieces for me based on my sketches and body measurements, then I sewed everything together and fitted it on my personalized dress form at home.

Below are several jumpsuits I’ve tried on and LOVED, that I would 100% recommend considering:

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

If you like the way I styled the jumpsuit in my photos here are budget conscience dupes for the accessories I’m wearing:

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Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Because I want to illustrate how great a black jumpsuit looks for all day at the office I took the photos in this post AFTER a 10 hour work day, as soon as I got home!

So now you know the truth! I’m a real woman who takes her own fashion advice, which is why I’m confident in passing it on to you! No, I didn’t buy this outfit with the intent on only wearing it once for a photo shoot, then do my hair and makeup, just to take photos of this look (no shade to bloggers who do that! Sometimes it’s not feasible to wear an outfit all day, then take photos of it!), so you know I’m serious!

What bloggers say: “Scouted a gorgeous, retro, architectural space to shoot this look with my crew!” 

What they’re really doing: Setting up a tripod, iPhone (w/ the timer set to 10 seconds), ring light, in their mid-90s house in the suburbs, hoping the UPS guy doesn’t deliver their latest Nordstrom Friends & Family sale parcels while they pose in front of the stairway door, attempting to catch the last rays of sunshine between 5:30 and 5:40pm, after racing home from their 9-5 😂

What do you think? Is a black jumpsuit something you agree is needed for a well-rounded wardrobe?

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I Cut Up Two Pieces of Clothing from the Victoria Beckham Target Collection!

I can’t remember the last time I purchased a piece of clothing (used or new) without altering it in some way! I love re-designing clothes so they’re uniquely mine. If you’ve been reading this blog long It’s probably not surprising to discover I had something special planned as soon as I saw what the Victoria Beckham x Target collaboration looked like! From the minute I laid eyes on the scallop sleeve blouse and the shoulder bow dress I knew there was no way I’d wear them as-is off the rack, and I’d enjoy cutting them up!

Wearing Victoria Beckham for Target Dress over a VBxTarget Blouse

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The day the entire collection dropped I went online to purchase the dress and blouse. Unfortunately only the dress was sold online, so I snatched it up while my husband went to the nearest Target in search of the blouse! He knew I’d been planning this project for quite some time and actually offered to go for me when I exclaimed in dismay that I had only been able to order the dress! Truthfully I think he just wanted some ice cream and was using me as an excuse to go to Target, but I let it slide and thanked him (it was a Sunday morning and I had no intention of getting out of my pajamas that early!) After my husband brought home the blouse that Sunday I chose the exact shoes and bag I wanted to take pictures for this blog post with when the dress was done! (Side Note: One of my favorite fashion bloggers styled the original orange version of this dress with blue shoes and earrings too! Great minds think alike when you’re Southern girls!)

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I originally took the pieces to a tailor with sketches of what I wanted done, but it was going to take longer than I cared to wait for them to finish, so I ended up going back and picking everything back up so I could DIY it myself! To create my perfect dress I layered the top part of the blouse underneath the shoulders of the dress and sewed them together before trimming out the excess torso fabric. Next, I opened both sides of the dress and put in knife-pleat chiffon inserts (from an old maxi dress I destructed years ago!). On one side the insert goes from the hem to the waist and on the other side the insert goes up the length of the dress and stops under the arm. The original dress shape was a shift style, which is never flattering on me since I’m 5’2″ with wide hips, so to accentuate the new, a-line silhouette I put two tabs over the chiffon pleats on the long seam to cinch in the waist and eliminate overflow of fabric when I wear the dress belted.

Side view of dress

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Exact accessories shown: Clutch | Earrings | Shoes | Belt (Brushed gold ‘H’ on “noir/chocolat” belt)

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P.S. This post was in no way sponsored of affiliated! I just really wanted to tell y’all about this DIY sewing project!

Shoe Tassel DIY Tutorial

With every new season comes the temptation to shop for new clothes and accessories. Before I start adding a ton of stuff to my wardrobe I know will inevitably be forgotten about, or go out of fashion, I try to update old pieces. Usually the same old things come around every season with the exception of being available in the latest “it” colors. By adding detachable updates to some of your clothes and accessories you double their wear-ability across many seasons and years.

The little shoe update in this post was inspired by the Loren Hope SS16 “Queen of the Tropics” collection and THESE Jimmy Choos you have probably drooled over on Pinterest at some point!

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For this simple DIY you will need:

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Vintage Etsy Goodies

Today I wanted to share a few of the newly listed vintage items available in the Glitter&Bow Etsy boutique! These items are collected from thrift shops, flea markets and auctions all over Europe on my travels. The best quality, and most unique items, make it into the shop!
Today I’m featuring these gorgeous vintage clothing hangers from Bavaria, Germany. There are several styles, colors and finishes including gold, blue, mint, crochet, embossing and sequins!
These hangers are perfect for featuring your favourite cocktail dress in your closet, or give a set as a gift to a fashion-minded friend. If you’re a photography I imagined seeing a wedding dress or bridesmaid’s dresses hung on these hangers for pre-wedding photo shoots!
To shop these, and other exciting treasures, visit Etsy.com / GlitterAndBow

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