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How to Wear a Bodysuit

Updated on August 8, 2015
Leotard with boyfriend jeans, a small crossbody bag, and strappy heels is definitely on point.
Leotard with boyfriend jeans, a small crossbody bag, and strappy heels is definitely on point.

Leotards as Clothes?

With the nineties revival, it was only a matter of time before leotards came back into fashion. As a former dancer, I've been rocking the leotard with my street clothes look for years and am happy to see some others wearing their bodysuits with pride as well. But how can you wear it without looking like you're running late from pointe class or without completely turning into Peggy Bundy (be honest, you know you love her look too)? Check out the inspiration and tips below for a few pointers on wearing it in a modern and chic way.

The Basics

Bodysuits, just like any other form of clothing, come in a variety of styles, cuts, fabrics, and colors. Like other forms of clothing, some may work for you and some may not. We'll start with the basics. The most surprising thing about bodysuits is how versatile they are. Sure, they are comfortable and make any outfit extra chic, but they are also great for layering, giving any basic outfit an instant edge, and create a tucked-in shirt look super easy without all the hassle.

How Fashion Bloggers Wear Their Bodysuits

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Varieties

Bodysuits aren't just your solid color ballerina looking clothing item. They come in all different types of sleeve lengths and patterns as well as sexy, lacy numbers; with graphic logos and designs on the front and/or backs; halter top style; flowly with multiple draped fabric; and with mesh inlays. With all these options it's easy to create a super sexy look or minimalist look all with minimal effort. You can look like a French fashionista, a rock star, or even sporty. The options are limitless.

Tip:

If you need to wear a bra with your leotard, be sure to look for one with thick straps or long to three-quarter length sleeves.

Joan Didion's Packing List 1979

TO PACK AND WEAR:

2 skirts

2 jerseys or leotards

1 pullover sweater

2 pair shoes

stockings

bra

nightgown, robe, slippers

cigarettes

bourbon

bag with: shampoo

toothbrush and paste

Basis soap, razor

deodorant

aspirin

prescriptions

Tampax

face cream

powder

baby oil

My Favorite Way to Wear It

My favorite way to wear my leotards is just with jeans. It gives you and easy put together look without spending time ironing and tucking in. This makes a great base for many different accessories (as many or little as you want). And if you're packing (like Didion does) it's easy to toss into a bag and not worry about it.

Did You Know?

The name "leotard" comes from the man who made the garment famous, a French acrobat performer names Jules Leotard.

A Little Longer

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The Full Bodysuit

For those who are more brave, the full bodysuit is a great head-turner (Jerry Hall at Studio 54). I think it looks best with layers.

My favorite way to wear a full bodysuit is to layer it with a long cardigan or sweater (or even a few layers) at the top and then accessorize with boots. You can also try it with a skirt or dress overtop. This gives your basic pieces a bit more edge.

Another way, is is wear it under a dress for a completely different look (and stylish way to stay a bit warmer in the winter).

Credit Links

Giving credit to all these awesome-ly fashionable women.

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