Once upon a time jumpsuits were reserved for blue-collared workers only (who can forget those signature Dickies that rapper Snoop Dogg still wears?). Today the one-piece wonder has been transformed into a chic, wearable ensemble that if done correctly, could possibly replace your LBD. BCBG, Alexander McQueen and Proenza Schouler were some of the first to mark the reemergence of the jumpsuit trend on the runway in 2009.

But like any returning trend, there are Do’s and Don’ts to avoid looking like a fashion victim. Here are a few tricks to pulling off the jumpsuit effortlessly.

DO: Wear a jumpsuit instead of a cocktail dress. It can be one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. If you’re not comfortable looking like you’re in an onesie, adding a belt or a blazer is the perfect way to help break up the look.

DON’T: Do head-to-toe patterns. Stick with solids. Although there are a few cute patterned jumpsuits, most make you look like you’re wearing wallpaper.

DO: Choose one that has wide-leg pants and a forgiving fabric, like flowing jersey, to conceal anything you don’t feel 100% comfortable showing. Act like it’s a tube top or a halter top with a great pair of pants.

DON’T: Get too clingy. A jumpsuit that is too tight will not be flattering at all.  Instead of looking for a suit that hugs curves, consider one with a looser fit.

DO: Pair with the right shoes. For cropped or 3/4 length, consider tall heels to lengthen your legs.

DON’T: Wear jumpsuits with ballet flats, you’ll look like a prison inmate.

DO: For night time opt for luxurious fabrics like silks; details like sequins or sheer panels; or leather for an edgier look.

Would you wear a jumpsuit? What are your personal Do’s and Don’ts for rocking them?

-Krystal Franklin

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