Lez Get Dressed For Work: 5 Reasons You Should Start Wearing Jumpsuits To The Office

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If this column were called Lez Get Dressed For The Weekend, right now I would be telling you to get denim overalls. While I really think you should do that, I’ve brought you here to talk about what you’re wearing to the office, and you most likely shouldn’t be wearing your new weekend overalls. What you should wearing is the workday version of that: a jumpsuit!

Today I noticed a handful of people wearing jumpsuits in my office and they looked amazing, to the point that it inspired this entire post. The following is a list of reasons why you should look into investing in one. Or three. Unfortunately for my evening, there is apparently severe shortage of photos of queers rocking jumpsuits on the internet; the photos you see below will be mostly from brands. I’m sorry. It’s because you haven’t sent me a picture of yourself in a jumpsuit yet because you didn’t read this list yet. Anyway. This is why you should get one, like, now.

Asos, Rachel Roy

1. Jumpsuits are pants’ answer to dresses. Think about it: it’s an outfit out of just one thing, but it’s still pants. The leg can be as flowy or as skinny or as tailored as you want. Plus, since it’s summer and things are kindly being made in lightweight material, a jumpsuit will have similar body-cooling properties as a dress.

Forever 21, Asos, Dolce & Gabbana

2. A jumpsuit is the ideal first layer. Is your office totally fucking freezing? Jumpsuits look great under blazers and cardigans, and you don’t have to worry about what shirt to wear since it’s built in.

3. You can wear a button up UNDER it. Worried a jumpsuit will show too much skin? Wear a button front or just a collared shirt (long sleeve, short sleeve, or sleeveless will all look great) underneath it. This will look amazing while being office-appropriate.

Topshop

4. The aforementioned layerability makes it the perfect thing to wear to work if you have fancy plans after. Just shed the layers that make it work-wear.

5. It will look really good on you. Because this is just one piece of clothing, you don’t have to worry about tucking in or not tucking, or the gapping problem with button front shirts. It will flatter your curves or your not-curves, and you can find one that is as tight or as loose as you want.

Okay, have I convinced you? Why/why not?

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Gabrielle writes facts and feelings from an old brick house in an outer borough of New York City. When she's not writing about lesbians, she's editing/writing/producing things at her day job in the beauty department of a well-known online style magazine. In her spare time, she helps organize the New York City Dyke March and makes up songs about her dog.

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    Unfortunately, jumpsuits will never wear on me well. My bust is just way too big – anything tighter gets hoiked up and I get major wedgie/cameltoe, and anything looser just looks sack-ish on me.

    Cryface.

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    I would have filed jumpsuits right under “things that are never appropriate for the office in any way shape or form”. I guess it depends on where you work, but none of what you’ve posted would cut it in my office. And we’re not super formal either. I’d save it for the weekend.

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      it’s so interesting how different outfits work for different industries. i guess that’s a “duh”, but even how different offices interpret “business casual” OR how the same office can shift their perception when management positions change / new people come in with different expectations is fascinating. OFFICE CULTURE YOU GUYS. BLOWING MY MIND.

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        That’s a good point, Vanessa! It would blow my mind to work somewhere that a suit or less formal riffs on business wear wasn’t required. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll get a boss who loves jumpsuits and all the lawyers at my work will start jumpsuits made out of suit material. WHO KNOWS.

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    Ugh, jumpsuits. :( I think they are SUPER CUTE and look great on the people who wear them, and I bet I would look super cute in a jumpsuit too… but I’m freakishly tall and lanky, so I’ve never been able to find one that didn’t give me painful camel toe, if I could even manage to get it on.

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    gabrielle i love you oh so much but there is no way i will ever wear a jumpsuit anywhere, let alone to work. my boobs + my tummy + my short stature + trying to pee + i kind of feel like they look like dance costumes but that may be ptsd from all the awful dance costume jumpsuits i had to wear in my youth + my office is kind of casual + i hope to move to a farm soon = no.

    i will totally take you up on that suggestion to buy denim overalls, though. hopefully in time for dyke march (!!!).

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      Jumpsuits for the farm are called “cover-alls” and they are amazing and will change your farming life! So I recommend them! Plus you can wear them tied around your waist like in Firefly, which is the best part.

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      I often feel like I don’t need to comment on articles because Vanessa just takes all the words out of my brain. This entire first paragraph is the perfect example. It’s really kind of scary and amazing.

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    OMG, Gabrielle, these are so cute! I feel like I’ve seen a bunch of graphic designers going to meetings in these this June with, like, blazers over them? Is that a thing? Am I making that up?

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    It’s funny that people above are saying they can’t wear jumpsuits because they’re too busty because I can’t wear them for the opposite reason! But maybe it’s actually the same reason – I feel like you have to be pretty equi-proportionate (not a word) to pull off a jumpsuit. I wear 2-3 sizes larger in skirts/pants than I do in tops so I’ve always assumed jumpsuits wouldn’t work for me. Is it possible that I’m wrong?

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    My high school girlfriend would get really excited about seemingly silly fashion things. The rest of us would make fun of her forever about them, but then a season or two later they would be everywhere … first it was gladiator sandals, then summer scarves, now the jumpsuit! maybe it’s her superpower.

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    I just invested in two jumpsuits and I look killer in both of them but they are impossible to remove quickly enough to make peeing practical. PROBLEM! I am not sure what to do, aside from hire a personal declothing assistant to follow me around and help me strip as necessary.

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    So I am loving this whole series, but I’m really struggling to see how to make all the outfits work for my body type (fairly curvy). Do you have any insight as to how to make them work for people who have a sizable butt and D cup boobs? I’d love to see pictures of women of all body types pulling these outfits off!

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    I love this! I would totally wear a jumpsuit to work and love that you related it to a dress– they’re similarly versatile… blazer over, blouse under, boots vs. flats = new staple item. I work at a nonprofit in SF and comfortability with a dash of creativity is totally appropriate. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Gabrielle! I take it back.. This could totally work! (“reality checks be damned!”)
    I saw it for myself, but i’m still not convinced I could rock it..lol
    It was so amazing meeting and marching with you today, and I can’t wait to do it again! (C;

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