How-To: The Black Jumpsuit

Florals. Geometric prints. Chambray. Color block. Among all the trends currently in fashion, none, some or all of the previously mentioned may or may not be around for the next five years. However, when it comes to personal style, that will be around forever. The trick? To find a truly versatile, color-neutral piece. The jumpsuit made its appearance in high fashion in the 1960's, but was especially popular during the 1980's. A term used to describe a one piece garment with sleeves and legs, jumpsuits were originally made for certain professions and trades - specifically that of manual laborers, pilots and drivers. Now a term commonly associated with women's fashion, the versatility, comfort and elegance of the jumpsuit has been evident, as it has been around for a little over three decades. Below are three ways you can keep your personality and keep with time, in the classic, black jumpsuit.

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Look 1

Create a pop of color, a touch of sophisticate and and office-chic look when pairing your black jumpsuit at the workplace with a bright, eye-popping blazer. Go ahead and look for peplum details to create shape on your waist. Rock a pair of rebellious leopard heels for after-work hours.

Blazer: Alexander McQueen Orange Crepe Wing, $2,475, www.alexandermcqueen.com

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Archer Leopard Pump, $477, www.shopsavannahs.com

Look 2: 

Tone down a dressy black jumpsuit with a fitted, beige cardigan. Add playfulness with brightly colored flats of your choice. Don this outfit during a casual get-together with friends, while visiting your parents or for Sunday brunch.

Sweater: Wal G Beige Button Knit Cardigan, www.topshop.com

Shoes: Joe's Kitty, $69, piperlime.gap.com

Look 3

Adding a button-down tied blouse is casual yet refined at the same time. Feel free to wear this look during the warmer months, when you can stroll down Main Street with your jumpsuit and nude wedges, to elongate your legs!

Top: Blue Tie Hem Blouse, $35, www.wallisfashion.com

Shoes: Zingg by Aldo, $70, www.aldoshoes.com

(Black jumpsuit: Elie Saab Wool Jumpsuit, $1,658, www.boutique1.com - cheaper alternative, here)