One of my favorite parts about being a Personal Stylist is that I get to help my clients see possibilities in their looks. Sometimes we can get stuck in our own heads, feeling like a particular wardrobe favorite can only be used for one setting or occasion, limiting how much we get out of it. I love offering multiple ideas to my clients and sometimes the best styling tips can take one staple and really bring more life to it.

Over the last few months, there’s one unsung BFF I’ve been seeing so many of my clients discover—the classic black jumpsuit! A wardrobe staple for any fashionista(not just us shorties!), I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sent one to a client and been pleasantly surprised to hear that they had always avoided jumpsuits yet have completely fallen in love with the ease, comfort, and style of a classic black style. I love hearing things like, “OMG! I did not expect to like this, but I LOVE it!" Classic black jumpsuits aren't just effortlessly chic, but elongating too, giving your petite stature a long vertical look.

Interestingly enough, this also ties into the sustainability aspect of a wardrobe—are you seeing all the potential in some of your go-to’s? Can something you normally just wear to run errands be just as perfect for happy hour? Check out some of the styling tips and examples below to see just how versatile a CBJ can be! Yes, CBJ = Classic Black Jumpsuit, and yes, I totally just made that up! Hehe. #thenextLBD


Laidback

We’re all still spending more time at home these days, so I always remind my clients that a classic black jumpsuit is perfect for lounging in style—with the right fabrication of course. If you’ve got a stretchy jersey knit, comfy cotton, or lightweight linen style, you can totally incorporate it into your loungewear looks. Whether doing laundry or relaxing in front of the TV, you’ll feel comfortable AND look so chic while doing so!

These kinds of jumpsuits are also perfect for more laidback day-to-day activities, like a quick trip to the groceries or heading to the park for a playdate! Try yours with a classic denim jacket or even layered over a basic tee to give it a more casual vibe that’s still stylish and put-together, then throw on cute sandals or sneakers to stay comfy on your feet.

(right side) Rebecca, 5'4" (MOMMY in HEELS)
Sydne Summer, 5'3" (SYDNESTYLE)

Brunch

The sun’s been shining and you know what that means—brunch(or lunch!) dates with some of your favorite people to catch up with! Because black jumpsuits are so incredibly versatile, it comes down to layering and accessorizing for the right occasion. You can easily take a more laidback look, like the jumpsuit + denim jacket combo above, to a casual brunch. If you feel like giving your CBJ a bit of a style boost, style it with a fabulous bag and cute shoes, or even add some edge with a moto jacket if that’s more your style over a denim jacket. Sticking to simple jewelry or skipping it altogether will keep your outfit looking effortless, and don’t forget your favorite sunnies to tie it all together!

Crystalin Marie, 5'0" (CRYSTALINMARIE)
Jean Wang, 5'0" (EXTRA PETITE)

Happy Hour

What I absolutely love about a classic black jumpsuit is that you can seamlessly transition into a night out with a quick switch of accessories! Happy hour or grabbing some drinks with friends is a perfect time to elevate your brunch/lunch look a bit. You can definitely stick to nicer flats, maybe even a fun printed pair, but instantly take the jumpsuit up a few notches with heels instead! Notice how Jean Wang of EXTRA PETITE goes more casual styling hers with a larger casual tote and espadrilles, then skips jewelry and opts for aviator sunnies in the picture above. She then instantly elevates the jumpsuit in the next look below by adding a sleek black belt, swapping her tote for a smaller handbag, her espadrilles for d’Orsay heels, and switches her aviators for a classic black pair of sunglasses. The switch of accessories are so simple, but still impactful. The key is to add some interest to your jumpsuit with fun layers, easy jewelry, and simple heels for a look that’s elevated but not so dressed up that you feel out of place.

Jean Wang, 5'0" (EXTRA PETITE)
Sazan Hedrix, 5'2" (SAZAN)

Date Night

Last but definitely not least, a night out! This might be a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant or even a special occasion, like a wedding! Again, it’s all about how you choose to layer and/or accessorize your classic black jumpsuit. Crystalin of CRYSTALINMARIE went more laidback above (brunch) styling her black jumpsuit with a cute wicker handbag and matching mules and then takes it to the next style level by simply switching her circle handbag for a smaller wicker clutch and her mules for some nude heels. This look definitely has some spring and summer vibes, even if her look is mainly black! When you really want to glam up your jumpsuit, try styling it with something more fab, like the gorgeous faux fur jacket, statement earrings, and heels on Jean Wang in the last picture. By the looks of it, it's hard to believe she's just 5'0"!

Crystalin Marie, 5'0" (CRYSTALINMARIE)
Jean Wang, 5'0" (EXTRA PETITE)

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*cover photo credit: EXTRA PETITE