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What Are the Best Jumpsuits?

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It’s easy to see the appeal of the jumpsuit: Throw on a single garment and you’re ready to go. Perhaps that’s the reason they’ve become a wardrobe staple for many women, just as essential as a pair of ankle boots or a trusty white tee. But as with any basic, not all jumpsuits are made equal, and you might be struggling to find one to suit your own personal style. To help, we asked 13 fashionable people — including stylists, costume designers, and our own writers and editors — about their favorites, then scoured our archives for any standouts (including some that celebrities told us they can’t live without). Below, find rugged workwear-inspired styles and party-appropriate options (all organized by price, so you can easily find one to suit your budget.)

Best under-$100 jumpsuits

Strategist editor Maxine Builder discovered this affordable, “wildly practical” jumpsuit in the Work Utility and Safety Apparel section of Amazon. After wearing it year-round, “my affection for the piece has reached the point where I actually feel a little lost when I reach for the jumpsuit in the morning, only to remember that it’s in the wash,” writes Builder. “But since these coveralls are less than $40 apiece, I can stock up on all of the colors without breaking the bank — or having to really think about dressing myself ever again.”

If you’re looking for an affordable, cozy, pajama-adjacent jumpsuit, we suggest this flight-attendant favorite. At our last (unofficial) count, the number of flight attendants who owned it was nearly 400 — and, according to some of the ones we spoke to about it, their enthusiasm spawned a dedicated Facebook group about the garment called “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Jumpsuit.” Writer Hilary Reid, who talked to those flight attendants about why they love it so, summed up what she learned like this: “When people who fly for a living say that something is travel-friendly — and comfortable, easy to wear, and generally no fuss — we’re inclined to take their word for it.”

Speaking of more affordable linen jumpsuits, “my favorite jumpsuit is this linen one by Time and Tru at Walmart,” says Dianna Baros, the frugal-fashion expert behind style blog the Budget Babe. She adds that while it’s only $20, “it looks and feels so much more expensive, due to the camel color and elevated button-front and tie-waist.” Baros does note that the piece fits oversize, “so you may want to size down” if you want it to look more fitted.

[Editor’s note: This jumpsuit is currently out of stock in all colors and sizes, but a similar Time and Tru jumpsuit — just without the button-front — is in stock for $9 at Walmart.]

For transitional weather (like from summer to fall), social media manager and activist Kara Smith loves this short-sleeved jumpsuit from workwear-turned-streetwear-brand Dickie’s. She says the jumpsuit is great for “cool mornings that turn into warm afternoons” because of its breathable, sweat-wicking Temp-iQ fabric. The material is slightly stretchy, and adding to the jumpsuit’s comfort is elastic along the back of the waistband that gives it a relaxed fit. “Plus, it has plenty of pockets,” adds Smith.

Although not technically a jumpsuit, this unitard got the seal of approval from both Smith and Strategist writer Dominique Pariso. Smith describes it as “flattering and functional,” praise echoed by Pariso (who particularly loves how the unitard flatters her bum). Thanks to its thick and compressive material, Pariso finds the unitard super-supportive during aerobic exercises like burpees and squats. Smith works out in her unitard, too, but also likes to throw it on as a day-to-day casual outfit — which is how it made it’s way onto this list.

Strategist contributor Jenny Friedler discovered this jumpsuit while heavily pregnant but worried “a garment claiming to be one-size-fits-all seemed destined to make my five-foot-three self look like a hobbit.” Much to her surprise, though, the garment fit her (and her bump) comfortably. Presentable enough to wear on a Zoom call, Friedler calls the jumpsuit the ultimate WFH fit and says her non-pregnant sister, who was inspired to buy one for herself, loves it just as much as she does. And as you may have already clocked, thanks to the pleated design, the jumpsuit is a dupe for the cool-people-approved Pleats Please line by Issey Miyake.

Best under-$200 jumpsuits

Nooworks is a women-owned apparel brand known for its brightly printed and patterned garments that are all produced in California. Novelist Helen Phillips brought no less than four of their jumpsuits (which also come in neutral styles like this one that she owns) on a six-week-long book tour and noted that, while their $148 price tag may seem steep, “compliments and inquiries rain down” on her whenever she leaves the house in one.

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Chloe Anello, a writer at InStyle, owns three of these jumpsuits that she loves for its versatility. “It’s comfortable with breathable fabric that’s not stiff like that of other utility jumpsuits, allowing me to wear it without overheating” in the summer. Come the colder months, Anello says she just throws a turtleneck on underneath, which “keeps me warm.” She notes this is also a good option if you’re tall; Anello is 5-foot-9 and says “the pants actually reach my ankles, which is rare.”

Forget just jumpsuits — this is the best piece of clothing I’ve personally ever bought in my life. Since picking it up from sustainable London-based brand PeachyDen two years ago, it’s become my ultimate go-to piece. It’s so slinky and flattering that, once it’s zipped up, it looks as if it’s been tailored to my body, and the emerald-green color is decadent enough to make me look put together — with very little effort. As someone who used to buy a new outfit for almost every social occasion, investing in this jumpsuit has truly changed my shopping habits. I’ve partnered it with Converse for picnics, Docs for festivals, and heels for fancy dinners with friends. As someone who usually wears an XS, I opted for a size up in the Kernel, and I’m happy I did — it’s not suffocating at all, but the velvet has next to no stretch.

A fan of simplicity, stylist Ansley Morgan loves “the ease of a jumpsuit because your outfit requires very little thought.” It makes sense, then, that her pick is this unfussy option from Universal Standard. With its minimal details and loose fit, Morgan says it’s a great piece for everyday wear. It’s made of a comfortable, stretchy cotton twill and available in sizes 00 to 40 (as with all of the pieces from Universal Standard).

Alex Mill’s twill jumpsuits are another favorite pick of Builder’s. She pairs hers — in the tan shade Hickory — with a pair of chunky sneakers for long walks with her dog around Williamsburg. The jumpsuit has a slightly cropped leg and adjustable tabs at the waist but already fits pretty true to size, says Builder, who says next time, she’d order a medium rather than a large “since it’s already a slightly baggier fit.”

Best splurge-worthy jumpsuits

Builder also owns the Expedition jumpsuit from Alex Mill, which she says is more fitted, giving it a slightly dressier vibe. “I wore it to a bridal lunch with my in-laws recently, and it was totally appropriate,” she says. The jumpsuit has a self-tie belt if you’re after a little extra cinch (though this is removable) and plenty of deep, handy pockets for stowing your phone and keys securely.

Musician Phoebe Bridgers told us she loves this jumpsuit, which makes her “feel like a superhero when I put it on.” She’s such a fan that she owns two, in black, and says she wears them so often that “they’re now more gray.” California-based brand Big Bud Press makes their cotton twill jumpsuits in just about any color you can think of, and also has a short-sleeved version if you’re dressing for warmer weather. Though they do have one flaw, which Bridgers sums up like this: “You have to strip to go pee, so that’s a little rough.” Still, she says “the jumpsuit is so comfortable, it makes up for that.”

When we asked Booksmart costume designer April Napier where she sourced the signature blue jumpsuits that Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever wear in the buddy flick, she told us she found them at vintage stores in Los Angeles. But if you want a vintage jumpsuit for yourself and don’t have the time (or the interest) in poring over various options at thrift stores, she suggests one of these from 4Kinship (previously Orenda Tribe), whose founder Amy Yeung “takes old vintage flight suits and overdyes them” to create super unique styles. She has some beautiful ones online,” says Napier. While expensive, these are hand-dyed, one of a kind garments and your purchase will be supporting an Indigenous-owned business.

A jumpsuit list wouldn’t be complete without something from the queen of coveralls: Ilana Konh. Her signature jumpsuits are worn by everyone from Molly Baz to Erica Chidi Cohen. “You can pretty much find me in an Ilana Kohn jumpsuit any day of the week, on any occasion,” says designer and illustrator Jordan Barton, who owns these Tuck Coveralls. “I love how capable I look and feel in it — like I can do anything in it.”

Strategist editor Winnie Yang’s favorite jumpsuits are from the label Nico Nico, whose garments are designed and produced in Los Angeles, usually using upcycled fabrics. “The line is small and changes seasonally,” says Yang, who says she prefers the fit of her Nico Nico jumpsuits to almost any others she owns — including those from Ilana Kohn. “They have an ease to them, a laid-back California feel,” Yang says, “and I love that they always have well-placed and useful pockets.”

Yang’s other favorite jumpsuits are made by the NYC-based designer Caron Callahan and include workwear-inspired twill versions as well as elegant, somewhat dressier ones like the Josefina. “Callahan’s clothing has great details and silhouettes and is beautifully made,” says Yang. “The jumpsuits — like all her clothes — feel elevated and special but comfortable and functional at the same time.” Yang has the short-sleeved Crawford and the cross-back Crista, which the label often releases for warmer seasons (but can currently be found on resale sites such as Poshmark or the RealReal). For fall and winter, Callahan produces the long-sleeved Fincher.

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What Are the Best Jumpsuits?