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What Are the Best Jumpsuits?

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In the last few years, the perfect-fitting jumpsuit became a sartorial white whale for many women. Brands of course hopped to the challenge, flooding shelves with all sorts of styles that promised to be easy, breezy, and (most importantly) polished. Now jumpsuits are a wardrobe staple in their own right, as ubiquitous as the little black dress or white T-shirt. But just as those little black dresses or white T-shirts run the gamut, so now do jumpsuits, which means finding superior ones can be challenging for anyone still looking. To find the most stylish options, we asked 15 fashionable people — including stylists, costume designers, and our own writers and editors — about their favorites, then scoured our archives for any standouts (like some that celebrities told us they can’t live without). Read on for the results of our search, which include rugged workwear-inspired styles, oversize coveralls, affordable linen options, and more.

Best under-$100 jumpsuits

Strategist Managing 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.”

To supplement her beloved Five Rock jumpsuit, Builder says she wanted to find “a not-too-expensive, not-too-thick, white” one (presumably for days her Five Rock coveralls are in the wash). After vetting a few options — including jumpsuits from Alex Mill, Big Bud Press, and Five Rock — she settled on this one from Everlane. “I felt like I hit the jackpot: It’s got short sleeves, it’s lightweight denim so I won’t have any wardrobe malfunctions, and it’s under $100.” Those who are a little too messy to wear white should know it comes in a much more forgiving dark-blue denim, too.

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.”

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Another affordable Amazon find, this jumpsuit impressed former Strategist deputy editor Jason Chen so much, he wrote a one-act play about it.

$98

Actress Sasheer Zamata says this striped jumpsuit is like “heaven” because “it’s basically a bag, and you can tie it around your waist and still have a little silhouette going.” Zamata adds that she appreciates the jumpsuit’s linen material because, when “it’s hot, I need things to breathe.” While more expensive than other linen jumpsuits on this list, it’s sale price brings it down to far more reasonable territory (and finding anything linen under $100 is a good deal).

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.

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.

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For a dressier option, Baros suggests this option from Bohme for its “flattering V-neck, wide legs, and cuff sleeves.” She says it’s perfect for wearing to a picnic or outdoor (socially distanced) cocktail hour.

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Smith describes the “flattering and functional” Girlfriend Collective Unitard as “a form-fitting jumpsuit that can be worn on a casual day and to work out.” She adds that “a bonus” of purchasing this jumpsuit is that you’re helping the environment because, in making it, “36 water bottles are diverted from landfills, 26 pounds of CO2 are prevented, and 4.48 gallons of water are saved,” according to Smith.

Baros also told us about this “comfy” jumpsuit from Target that she says “looks similar to styles by designers such as Z Supply that cost double” this one’s $40 price. Her styling tip is to “pair it with a denim jacket and sneakers” for running errands or with “a comfy cardigan and your fluffiest slippers” if you’re just lounging at home.

Best under-$200 jumpsuits

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.”

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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Strategist junior writer Chloe Anello 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.”