The Timeless Appeal of the Bodysuit

The Timeless Appeal of the Bodysuit

by Melissa Magsaysay

Practical and Chic, Bodysuits Make the Perfect Layer with Endless Styling Possibilities.

Bodysuits may call to mind the feline nature of Catwoman, a sleek space age ensemble or even a childhood spent in ballet class - at some point the majority of us have worn a version of the classic wardrobe staple.

Versatile and supremely layer-able, the bodysuit has been a ubiquitous item since the 1940s and rose to prominence in the 1960s when displaying the curves of a woman’s body became more commonplace. Since then, the piece has been a sartorial symbol of empowerment and today fits seamlessly into a woman’s wardrobe to ensure ease in getting dressed each day.

 

Functionally, a bodysuit moves with, well, the body, and can make for the perfect foundation piece. It also has endless styling possibilities.

Katie Murphy, VP of sales for 11 Honoré, doesn’t let the relatively limited color spectrum of bodysuits prevent her from styling the piece to its maximum potential.

“Most of the bodysuits I come across are black or white, so for summer dressing, I love wearing my colorful swimsuits in place of a bodysuit,” says Murphy. “I wear a lot of white and linen in the hot summer, so a pop of color makes the look much more stylish.”

A chic one piece swimsuit can easily double as a bright layer worn under a pair of breezy wide leg pants or a sleek skirt. Recently, 11 Honoré design director Danielle Williams Eke wore a brilliantly sunny yellow one piece swimsuit from Australian brand, Saint Somebody with a pair of light colored wide leg trousers. Punctuated with summer accessories, the look was effortless and beach ready, should an impromptu seaside visit arise.

“I’m all about making your clothes work hard in your wardrobe and wearing your favorite swimsuit as a bodysuit is a perfect way to do that.”

And on a very practical level, Williams Eke advises the following, “My best advice for wearing a bodysuit is to step into the bodysuit instead of unsnapping it! It’s much easier to handle!”

Especially today, when travel is something we all have to master in our mind and wanderlust has taken on a whole new meaning, reimaging how we dress is essential to feeling transported. Slipping into a comfortable and well fitting bodysuit with pull on slouchy pants, under a skirt or sarong, or beneath a kimono style robe or caftan, can make us feel one step closer to being somewhere far away.

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