The modern jumpsuit: Alternative to the LBD

Jumpsuits are as date-ready and easy to wear as a little black dress but with a lot more sass. Before you write them off as not for you, consider the following styling tips and then take a look at the different options. You just might find it is exactly the thing you have been waiting for. Few outfits are as easy to style as a jumpsuit, add a pair of heels and a little bling and you are good to go!

Consider your favorite blouse

If you typically wear spaghetti straps to show off your sexy shoulders, or v-necks or button-downs to accentuate your chest, then start there when looking for a flattering jumpsuit. But don't stop there -- consider a wrapped top, or an asymmetrical style to highlight your curves, or a sleeveless or backless look for cocktail party pizazz. Place the bulk of your search on how the top half of the jumpsuit looks on your body.

Asymmetrical black jumpsuit from Forever 21. Knit jumpsuit with an asymmetrical neckline. The dolman sleeves and elasticized waist make this a great option for a date night, or holiday party. $24.80

Determine pant style

If you are tall and slim anything goes. If you are short, or have fuller hips and thighs, you may want to steer clear of certain styles. Wide-legged pants that flow like a maxi-skirt are a good choice for some, while peg-legged jumpsuits work better on others. Since the jumpsuit is a one-piece, it is important that both the top and bottom fit perfectly.

Red halter jumpsuit. The flattering halter top and wide waist band of this dark red jumpsuit will draw eyes up, but be sure the knit pants flatter your hips and legs before walking down the street.

G-Star City Suit The straight legs with front slash pockets and back welt pockets combined with the loose drawstring waist and button-front top gives you a lot of styling options.

Define your waist

The secret to styling a jumpsuit is to define and create curves. A belt or sash can do this if the jumpsuit is not designed with a clear waistline in mind. Replace a self-belt with a woven design, several skinny belts, or a wide elastic belt for a different look. Cinch it in at your natural waist line, or change it up by belting it slightly higher or lower.

Viktor & Rolf jumpsuit. This unusual jumpsuit breaks the rule of defining your waist. This sleeveless style basically looks like a pair of men's suit pants pulled up and belted under your arms. It is out of my price range, but worth taking a look at to give a different perspective.

Highlight your shoes

Go for show stopping heels. Strappy designs, ankle boots, platforms or wedges are all good choices to pair with a jumpsuit. Peep-toe pumps are another great look. The idea is to really elongate your legs and give a bit of contrasting interest to your outfit.

Wide-legged jumpsuit from Charlotte Russe. A ruched tube top and wide-legged bottoms are a flattering and effortless choice. Add strappy heels and a cropped jacket for a glamorous look. $29.50

Accessorize with care

Solid colored jumpsuits are a perfect blank canvas to spotlight bold jewelry. Pull it together by keeping it coordinated, think sparkles or animal print, studs or stones not all together. Add a scarf or bright clutch purse for a pop of color. If your jumpsuit is patterned, carefully add a well-placed piece of jewelry such as a cuff bracelet, or chandelier earrings. A biker jacket, or military-inspired coat can create a different edgy look.

Strapless jumpsuit. This beautiful black Samantha Jones design features a glittering sequined bodice and vegan leather banded waist. The wide jersey knit pants and exposed silver zipper can be dressed up or down depending on your choice of accessories.

Have some fashion fun with this trend. Although jumpsuits are probably not an investment piece, choose one that is flattering and well-made to increase its wearability this season.

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