Do Jumpsuits Make Me Look Fat?

From the list of 100 Ways to Look Fat: Baloney Concept #7 Jumpsuits make you look fat.  That’s nuts!

A jumpsuit may or may not be your look.  Don’t write it off if you haven’t tried one. And certainly don’t say “NO” just because somebody told you it will make you look fat.

A jumpsuit is the easiest, one-step way to create a Color Column – a continuous flow of color from your ankles to your neckline.  A sleeveless jumpsuit style lets you layer on any jacket or cardigan over layer, worn open to maintain the color flow at center front.jumpsuit Collage

And as the weather cools, you can layer a feather-weight turtleneck underneath, add a neckline accessory and keep looking going right into fall.

The most flattering jumpsuits are darker colors, but not necessarily black (my personal favorite is navy blue). Solids are more versatile than most prints.  The fabric should be soft but not clingy and the fit should skim your body – neither hugging to close or standing stiffly away.

I’m not a big fan of the elasticized ankle look; it pulls too much attention to the bottom and makes the wearer look shorter.  On my own jumpsuit I simply un-stitched a bit of them hem and  pulled the elastic out.  PRESTO – straight leg instead.


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Sandra on September 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Love the jumpsuit on the left. Any suggestions for places to purchase?

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      I love that one too! Actually it is a pattern – McCall #7099. If you are a sewing enthusiast you could whip up your own in an evening. If not, you can find a local dressmaker to do it for you in the fabric and color of your choice. Fabric stores are often able to recommend a seamstress or two to check out if you don’t already know one.

  2. judy Kempf on September 28, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Nancy, I am so glad to see jumpsuits back in style. I think the neckline makes a big difference in how you look in them. or wearing the long scarf lied at the knot at the chest. Like you taught me at the sewing seminars in St. Louis. I was wondering if by chance you would still have some of the earrings that you cover with material that matches any outfit you sew….I have just about wore mine out and I can’t find any more…. I have gold ones and I would love a silver pair……… Thanks so much. I so enjoy your emails……Your spot on with all of your advice as always. Judy.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      You are right that specific design details and accessories optimize the jumpsuit look for each individual. For example, the slightly bloused-over bodice on the navy one (right-hand picture) does wonders to camouflage a bit of tummy fullness. Glad you find the advice helpful, and no, I’m sorry to report I haven’t seen those earrings for years and years.

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