This Vince Camuto Wide-Leg Animal Print Jumpsuit surprised me in the dress department at Macy’s tonight.
Jumpsuits have been at the back of my mind since reading “8 Rules for Dressing a Large Bust You Should Seriously Never Follow“.
8. The rule: Jumpsuits are never going to fit properly and will make you look top-heavy.
The reality: Rompers (and jumpsuits) are one of the most flattering and easy-to-wear silhouettes for women with large chests. They are a little blousy on top without looking sloppy, and the slight looseness on the bottom is great for balancing out the larger top. Color-blocking on top with a cropped jacket in a contrasting color, worn open, also helps make a larger chest appear smaller, the same way dark panels on the sides of a dress can make your waist appear narrower.
With this in mind, I do like the blousy-ness on top, and I think the trouser split is a nice change from all the fabric at the bottom of a maxi dress. Here’s what else I like about this Vince Camuto jumpsuit:
- colors that could be matched with a variety of jackets, cardigans and wraps
- the print helps to disguise the strum-strum factor (where the arrow is pointing in the photo on the right)
- princess seams (the purple lines in the photo on the right), together with a knit fabric, make enough room for a large bust
- it has pockets!
The only bad thing? The fit on the bottom. This is a size small, and I could easily hem it, but the crotch is drooping halfway down my thigh. A medium would probably fit better on top, but then where would the crotch be?
If you are tall and/or have a long rise, then you should definitely look into jersey jumpsuits. I’m finding them with a variety of tops that look very promising for busty figures. For instance, I love this sleek blue surplice-topped jumpsuit, also from Vince Camuto, even though it would probably require a cami to keep you from looking like Amy Adams in American Hustle.
There’s also this flutter-sleeve cowl neck on Overstock, although I think this is almost–but not quite–too much fabric. My theory is that for jumpsuits to work with full busts, we have to be careful that they don’t overwhelm us.
If you’re short and/or have a short rise, like me, then it’s going to be more challenging to find a jumpsuit that fits. If I find one, I’ll let you know.
How about you? Have you tried a jumpsuit recently?