In these post-#MeToo days, with a slew of women just voted into Congress, a skirt or a dress just doesn’t seem like enough of a statement anymore. Pants are blah, and pantsuits are, well – so over.
Enter the jumpsuit – the sassy, utilitarian statement garment that’s making a comeback this spring and summer. It has hints of World War II when women went to work in the factories and the rallying cry was “We can do it!” A dressed-up version is perfectly suitable for both the office and the woman who wants to shake things up a little.
The first-ever jumpsuit – also called the boiler suit – was created in 1919 as a garment for parachuters. It was worn by factory women during the second world war, and by the 60s and 70s, become a fashion item.
Jumpsuits were all over the Spring 2019 runways. Hermes, Giambattista Valli, Stella McCartney, Dries van Noten, Isabel Marant, Alberta Ferretti, Celine, Jil Sander, and Louis Vuitton all turned out a version of one, from classic black and white to bright red to lime.