One-Piece Wonder

The boldest people can wear outfits that convey confidence, but ones that only entail wearing one really good garment. Call it a jumper, romper, unitard, one-piece, jumpsuit, or playsuit, the one-piece outfit is a shockingly bold statement that requires little effort but exquisite judgment. Overall, you have to pick the one-piece that fits to your body and your own signature style. The playsuit, as ASOS likes to call it, is the perfect piece to show off your swag.

Have a special event? Edgy colours are guaranteed to get you noticed. The red Motel deep-v playsuit on the left has amazing lines and would look incredible on almost any body type. The long sleeves and loose shorts compensate for the plunging neckline, however, if you want to wear pantyhose under the playsuit, go for it!
The barberry-coloured playsuit on the right is a little bit more casual and conservative. It looks more cutesy than edgy, but still has nice detailing with what ASOS calls a ‘pussybow’.

These black playsuits look almost like short dresses, but provide the freedom of a person wearing shorts. The ones on the left and right contrast sheer and opaque fabrics with polka dot and collared detailing, whereas the one in the middle is plain in the front with cutouts in the back. If it were me, I would opt for the long-sleeved polka dot one, but I also really love the collared one.

If you want to opt for a sweeter look, these playsuits are really cute and innocent. The TFNC playsuit on the left is perfectly casual, while the bolder rose-printed one on the right is a little bit fancier. The picture of the Lipsy one in the middle does not do it justice, it has lace detailing and a pearl bow at the neckline.

The navy blue jumpsuit from Nasty Gal is a straight up one-piece. It does not offer any breakups in the fabric or lines that could help to flatter a curvier figure; so skinny girls, this one’s for you. The Mango wool blend jumpsuit on the right, however, is the perfect tuxedo-styled jumpsuit. It is similar to the navy blue one, but I could see it being much more forgiving because of the built in belt and the more structured cut. I absolutely love this one because of the full coverage of the suit, in addition to the tuxedo look which is very commanding. The SHAKUHACHI one in the middle is available from and provides a nice contrast of sheer lace with loose silky fabric. It looks like a dress, but that’s the deceivingly beautiful part about it.

The See by Chloe jumpsuit on the left looks a lot like overalls but has some leather-strap detailing that I just love. I love when clothing incorporates different fabrics and colours into one piece, but only when it’s done well. The plum-coloured jumpsuit in the middle is fancier and more conservative, but the cut and broadness of the shoulders is still edgy. The Religion jumpsuit on the right has a very relaxed fit and includes a lace neckline with a little plunge. It’s more casual, but it could be dressed up for a night out as well.

If you like the structured sailor/sexy flight attendant look, the Captain playsuit on the left could be a viable option. It has a really nice cut and I like how the lapels intersect, but thankfully it doesn’t look like a Halloween costume. The T by Alexander Wang romper in the middle is casual but sexy. The zipper closure and the three-qaurter sleeves make it look more casually, but it could be paired up with a nice pair of wedges or sandals for a great look. The royal blue silk playsuit on the right has awesome frills that would flatter any body type, so long as the line between the top and the shorts falls in the correct place; the waistline just before the hips.

I like all of these because of their details. The River Island beaded playsuit on the left looks like a super short dress, but surprise surprise, it’s a one-piece wonder. I love the beading the scalloped detail on the hem of the shorts, and how it looks cute and sassy at the same time. The Forever 21 chiffon jumper in the middle is awesome because it looks dressy, but I would pair it with a metallic belt instead of the brown one for an outing or a party. The Paprika beaded playsuit on the right is really cute and sweet, but really hugs the midsection. It looks fantastic, but if you’re busty, it may be a risky pick.

So if you want to stand out on New Year’s Eve, let’s say, or at an event where you ought to look your best, don’t be shy to bust out the one-piece- and accessorize appropriately. A lot of the plainer ones can be heavily accessorized, while the beaded or structured ones would look great with a killer pair of shoes and a limited amount of jewelry.

Happy New Year, Swaganistas…



About ChelseaSwag

I have recently completed my Criminology degree with a concentration in law and a minor in psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. The past three years that I have spent away from my home in Montreal have only reconfirmed my ever-longing desire to become involved in the fashion industry in some way. Although there are a lot of fashion blogs out there, I have to first say that my own style will really resonate with the girls who are always looking to stand out- more so on a student budget. Different relatives and family members involved in the fashion industry have surrounded and shaped my love for fashion throughout my lifetime, however, none are quite so edgy as myself. I hope to enlighten the ladies that are looking to add a little extra oomph to their appearance, while also reflecting their own personal taste. But remember, swag is not only what you wear- it's a lifestyle. CP
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