I shunned bodysuits for years. Probably because the first one I ever owned caused such a level of thigh chafing that the results were covered by insurance. But the first time I wore my J.Crew Stretch Perfect Bodysuit, I spent half of my day wondering what else I could wear it with. So let’s meet the button-up bodysuit: The outfit maker.
The Bodysuit. This J.Crew one is the bodysuit I own. I highly recommend it. It’s fitted, classic and utterly chic. I like it so much, I am buying the silk bodysuit as well. Plus-size? I could not find a button-up version, but I did find this great scoop-neck ballet bodysuit from Eloquii.
What I like about bodysuits, as I mentioned in the image, is that they lay flat. No more shirts that ride up or bunch. No more tucking and re-tucking. Just set it and forget it, so to speak.
If you’re a person who is never sure whether to tuck or not to tuck, this bodysuit solves that problem. You tuck it, and it looks great all day.
The Paperbag-Waist Pants. I don’t wear pants (except jeans) very often. But if I am going to wear a pair of pants, they better rock. And rock hard.
Not into the paper bag? Don’t go boring. Go bold. Boden has the craziest collection of pants, in the best possible way. Their clover-green wide leg trousers (in short and long) are the happiest pants I can imagine. Yes, pants can be a happy.
The Sleeveless Top. Layering shirts is still a mystery to some women. Sometimes that mystery begins with how to keep the under-shirt smooth and free of bunching. Because you want this pairing to look sleek, not schlumpy.
I like the look of this DvF peplum top with the grosgrain waist accent. Banana Republic has a more affordable peplum top on sale right now. For other options, I also like this short-sleeve Vila top in metallic-accented jacquard and this boxy ponte MSGM top with an indulgent ruffle sleeve.
The Cool Skirt. Do you own a skirt that you love, but don’t know what to wear with it? Yeah, me too. The second I put on this bodysuit with a pair of jeans, it was like a lightbulb went off. “Oh, of course, I can wear this with that skirt. Duh.”
This dramatically printed Markus Lupfer skirt is the bomb. The print, the copper hue, the statement-making aesthetic, I love it. This polka-dotted flounce skirt from Maeve is a lot of fun. I also love this perfectly pretty batik pleated skirt from Whistles. Plus-size? I love this red poplin skirt from Talbot’s.
Whether you go for your classic pencil or basic a-line, the bodysuit is perfect for skirts. I just love the idea of a bolder, cool skirt with something so simple an elegant. It lets you be dramatic and different, while still staying in bounds.