In the late 30s, fashion legend – and Coco Chanel’s greatest rival – Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the jumpsuit as we know it today (except that it came with a flask and matching gas mask). Crafted from green silk with large front pockets, it received praise from critics and gained status as an appropriate option to the evening gown. In the 40s and 50s, Hollywood superstars Kathrine Hepburn and Rita Hayworth were caught sporting silky one-pieces, which made the garment a short-lived trend piece. Here, the jumpsuit became an indicator of class and of a forward-thinking, utilitarian, approach to fashion.
If the suit became accepted as womenswear in the 50s, it truly reached trend status in the 70s and 80s. With disco, colour-blocked overalls and aerobics-inspired ensembles being in style, the jumpsuit was an absolute must to pair with frizzy hair, neon eyeliner and legwarmers.
As the 80s ended, so did the love for the jumpsuit. Although the trend faded, the suit had become a timeless fashion mainstay, finding back to its glamorous roots and the effortless look it first represented in the 40s and 50s.
Today, the jumpsuit is one of the most versatile garments in our wardrobes and the ultimate item to go from beach to evening. It’s the epitome of laidback and effortless glamour. This summer, we’re celebrating the ease and breeze of it – so browse through the listing below to see H&M Magazine’s curated favourites in stores now.