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In Praise of Jumpsuits

There is something so incredibly boss about wearing a jumpsuit. Our tribe shows how it's done.

Maybe it is Quentin Tarantino’s flick “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” and its glorification of the late ’60s music and culture. Maybe it is an endless stream of Marvel mayhem movies, or perhaps it’s just the current no-BS mood the world seems to be in. For whatever reason, we are seeing a lot of jumpsuits these days, and liking it. This humble worker’s onesie uniform says “I get stuff done, don’t mess with me” in a way that we find terribly attractive. A couple of years ago a friend ran an Instagram feed called 40 jumpsuits40years to celebrate her 40th birthday. It was awesome, but we saw it as a novel entertaining nostalgia project. Very fun, but not really a trend. What we are seeing now is much more.

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Amelia Backman. So chic!

We are seeing them everywhere. Our friend and AGEIST profile Amelia Backman 60, has 2 of them on her Instagram feed this week. How great does this look? Why wear a sloppy athleisure mess when you can look as cool as this, and be just as comfy?

Angie Weihs goes full Tarantino on her @theagelessrebellion feed.

Then we saw another of our friends, Angie Weihs, rocking a couple of them on her feed. Lipstick and jumpsuits — love!

We think this is fabulous. There is something so incredibly boss about wearing one of these. We think the key is picking the right shoe. Sure, one can go full Sarah Connor from Terminator 2 and do a combat boot, but unless one has the sass of a Lauren Hutton, it’s hard to pull that off and not look like you are wearing a military costume. 

The better route is to either go with something casual, like Amelia is doing above, or to channel your inner Carine Roitfeld and go for a more aggressive shoe, maybe a heel, although not many people this side of being an editor of French Vogue can pull that off, or even want to pad around in heels all day. Maybe our pal Cindy Gallop, but this almost seems too casual for her. 

Catherine Gray from her 40years40jumpsuits Instagram project.

There was a time in the early ’70s when jumpsuits came in all colors and patterns, from the skin-tight skater variety to the baggy Woodstock flavor. Not to be confused with overalls, which we have never been able to get our minds around as being sexy. Maybe it is our farmland childhood that forever biased us against that one.


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David Stewart
David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.

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