The ingenious bodysuit was invented by French gymnast Jules Leotard (go figure), but wearing one isn't just for perfecting a dismount. They've successfully made their transition from the balance beam to a highbrow wardrobe staple—just ask any French woman. A second-skin fit is the key to assembling a polished look with absolutely no tucking-in required. Sure, a one-piece can play shape-shifter underneath your slinky summer skirts and dresses, but with an abundance of prints, embellishments, and trims, bodysuits have endless outfit-making potential. Some of the past decades' most iconic looks (see: Cindy Crawford's '90s Pepsi commercial) were only made possible by onesies! Whether you're dressing for day, play, or off-duty, there's likely a version to match your mood, and a price point to fit your budget. Here's just a few ways to style them.
This high-neck, striped bodysuit is the perfect companion for a floaty maxi skirt. Break up horizontal stripes by pairing them with an artsy floral pattern and subdued accessories— like this wicker hat and platform espadrille.
This retro knit bodysuit has the potential to be dressed up or paired down. For a weekend on the go, assemble it with an easy pleated short and a pair of comfy, thick-soled fisherman sandals. A straightforward crossbody bag makes it easier to wrestle for your phone and car keys.
Feminine ruffles add a touch of drama without the fuss. The full- brief bottom doesn't skimp on comfort, but still makes for a seamless foundation piece. Wear a long, chain-link necklace or transform it to a collarbone length choker. Then add a ladylike shoe and purse for a put-together day-to-night look.
Be the coolest mom in the carpool lane with a simple white bodysuit that you can pair with absolutely anything. For shlepping the kiddos around, go with an elongating '70s inspired jean, and rose-gold sunnies to shield weary eyes. A roomy canvas tote has a detachable strap and expanding sides, so you can utilize it as a purse, gym bag, or carry-on.
We love a classic piece with an updated twist, like this polo bodysuit that has a super smooth fit. If you can only buy one bodysuit in your lifetime —let this one be it. Pair your new polo alongside a modern midi-skirt and your favorite preppy accessories.
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