The Jumpsuit

As the blogosphere gets more crowded with both women and men claiming their turf as the next street style sleuth, it’s important to stake your claim, find a niche market, and make it your signature élan to claim a piece of internet real estate. When most jaw-dropping looks come staggering down the runway, the regular gal will shrug it off as too expensive, not lifestyle appropriate, and possibly, that none of that hoopla would fit an average gal. It’s high time to change that.

Today on NY Fashion Hunter, I bring you Five Foot Fridays, the start of a summer series, for those of us blessed with everything but vertical stature. For petite women (and American fashion defines us as women below 5’4″), petite apparel does not have to mean matronly twinsets from Talbots and Liz Claiborne, nor does it have to mean being relegated to the kids’ department. A great sense of style, and a knack for calling out trends certainly helps, but do you struggle like I do with the craving to wear just about everything on the planet?

Big style can transcend even the widest legged pants, the jumpsuits, the flats, and everything is between. No I don’t shop in the petite departments, those days are way over. My best friend is my seamstress, and six-inch platforms may become part of my daily regime, but if you know your body type, and are ready to take those short inseams to the cleaners, you’re good to go.

Hey shorty! Heck, if the Olsens can pull it off with panache, why can’t you? Starting below with a wide-legged summer zebra print jumpsuit, here’s my take. Go!


To start, this particular jumpsuit by Tart Collections, had to be cut around 5 inches off the leg.The easy jersey fabric is easy to wear, especially if you’re smack in the midst of a boiling hot summer here in New York. I pulled it off with a pair of comfortable platforms and a confident smile. Just don’t get caught in the sudden deluge of water from the clouds like I did. Wet hair, dripping makeup, no joke. It’s a great look.



Tart Valerie blouson jumper, Michael Kors platforms, SUPER by Retrosuperfuture sunglasses


Photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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