On The Allure Of The Jumpsuit (As A Uniform)

There have been too many days this sumer to attempt an accurate account of how many times I’ve grabbed a jumpsuit over any other piece of clothing. Most times, I’ve dusted my crusted eyes with a desire to get up, get dressed, and enjoy the day, and there was a stack of multi-colored jumpsuits waiting there. Their only requirement was that I throw them on, and maybe, with some good underwear.

Other times, a jumpsuit has beckoned a use when travel was at my hands (all those flights and a book tour), or the few days I needed to put something on just to be at home. There have been countless other times too, that don’t need real laminating. Chances are, you’ve seen me wearing one on instagram over the years. And if you live in Brooklyn, you’ve likely seen me wearing one around. But other than the very real function of a jumpsuit as a one-piece-fits-all-workwear, why is it’s calling one I can not ignore?

I’ve been thinking about it a lot this summer. Each time I scrolled Pinterest or social media, or even the park to get outifit inspiration, only to be mentally coerced by my ownself to just throw it on for God’s sake. And the feeling of one, never dissapoints. And yes, there have been times when I absolutely have not cared, and let the colors and sometimes-ill-fitting and amazing fitting days, speak for themselves. And there are others (as seen here) when matte red lipstick and big hoops are applied as a grand gesture to turn the look up a notch.

The jumpsuit isn’t new by any means. My first real foray with one was while flipping through photographs in those dense history books in middle school. And then, there were the many days vintage shopping, when they hung in the front window–baggy and men-like, allowing for space and imagination. Recently, it was the artist who seemed to troll me, wearing it in my neighborhood when I wasn’t. Her wear was coupled with plastered paint, colorful sneakers, and an effortless cool vibe.

I’m not entirely sure if I see my weekly use of jumpsuits lasting past the city’s fall. But it has been odd and kind of wonderful (all the while confusing) to see something not actually transition in my wardrobe, but remain there as a catch-all.

Here are a few I adore:

+ I am wearing the yellow unisex LINCOLN

+ This Corduroy one is perfect for fancy winter nights.

+ And a simple black one with a belt.

+ This Everlane Modern Utility one is a must for many wardrobes.

+ I have a few from Ilana Kohn and the color and fit is always magnificent.

Do you have any jumpsuits you love? Please list them below so the rest of us can continue to stalk. Thank you!

(Photos by Amanda Petersen for LaTonya Yvette. This post uses affiliate links, which we may earn a small commission from if you choose to purchase somethingThank you!)

11 thoughts on “On The Allure Of The Jumpsuit (As A Uniform)

  • Reply JPM August 28, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Wildfang makes really good ones! I have the pink one that came out in the spring, it makes me feel like Barbie’s mechanic in the best way possible 😂

    • Reply latonya August 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

      hahahhaa i love that!!!! now i need to check it out!

      • Reply lr August 29, 2019 at 8:04 pm

        Love this piece! Jumpsuits are beautifully utilitarian and are the main course of my wardrobe. Huge fan of Ilana Kohn (I own 3). My other fave is Nooworks (6). And then I have jumpsuits from Esby, ModCloth & Ozma.

        • Reply latonya September 10, 2019 at 1:17 pm

          Thank you, LR! I’ll look into the other brands you mentioned! I own two IK and adore!

          xo
          L

  • Reply Mindee August 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Big Bud Press!!! You know I love a jumpsuit. 🙌

    • Reply latonya August 28, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Mindee!! woahhhh i’m shook!! that rainbow one!!!! so so good!!! thank you!

  • Reply Fotini August 29, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    https://alsbigdeal.com/ – I love the look of these although haven’t gotten one for myself yet.

    • Reply latonya August 29, 2019 at 11:30 pm

      Oh, I will check them out. Thank you!

  • Reply liz August 29, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    i’ve been looking at the lincoln for so long! how is sizing?

    • Reply latonya August 29, 2019 at 11:31 pm

      I love mine! I think my only issue is that the torso seems to be a bit long? but i think that’s to make it more of a unisex fit.

      x

  • Reply Sequoia Bey November 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I’m slowly getting into jumpsuits. I do have two currently that I love. I usually pair them with oversized cropped shirts. I really want to get a jumpsuit from Big Bud Press or Ilana Kohn soon.

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