A Zebra Jumpsuit for Summer

Wardrobe Oxygen in a zebra jumpsuit from Banana Republic with a highlighter yellow Dagne Dover bag and hot pink heels and BaubleBar lucite hoops

Summer is my favorite time of year.  I don't love sweating, but I like it more than shivering.  I like it more than slipping on black ice.  And now that I have curly hair, I like how my hair likes summer.  I love the pool, I love the ocean, I love friends with boats and being on their boats with them, I love eating blue crabs on a brown paper-covered picnic table, I love grilling, and I love summer fashion.  The bright colors, the permission to go boho or wear neon, and everything seems to work with a pair of white sneakers.  When I saw this jumpsuit at Banana Republic a few weeks ago, I had to get it.  It just felt like summer.  I wanted to pair it with highlighter brights, bronzed cheeks and glossy lips, some fun summery pair of cheap yet fabulous earrings. 

Wardrobe Oxygen in a zebra jumpsuit from Banana Republic with a highlighter yellow Dagne Dover bag and hot pink heels and BaubleBar lucite hoops

jumpsuit | shoes | earrings | bag | lipstick

Wardrobe Oxygen in a zebra jumpsuit from Banana Republic with a highlighter yellow Dagne Dover bag and hot pink heels and BaubleBar lucite hoops

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic (14; available up to size 20 with petite and tall options) | Shoes: Franco Sarto (old; similar) | Earrings: Baublebar (found them on sale for less than $10!) | Bag: Andra Crossbody in Medium c/o Dagne Dover | Lipstick: Revlon 

Wardrobe Oxygen in a zebra print jumpsuit from Banana Republic with a highlighter yellow Dagne Dover bag and hot pink heels and BaubleBar lucite hoops

But Alison, you say.  Even though it's still before Labor Day and it doesn't get cold where I live until almost Halloween one can't wear such a look!  We must don blanket scarves and suede ankle booties and consume hot spiced beverages!  This look is blasphemy, mocking the holy holiday that is back to school.

Nay I say, nay!  You may wear white, and rock your neon, and free your toes from their suede prisons for as long as you are comfortable.  And not only that, this jumpsuit which I feature, looking oh so summery with touches of hot pink and highlighter yellow, it can adopt an autumnal vibe.  Yes, yes it can, and tomorrow I will show you.  For while you can wear whatever the heck you like to feel comfortable in your climate, for the majority of this country a summery garment may only have a few weeks left of life, not deserving of the pricetag, even with the sales this retailer seems to hold every other weekend. 

Wardrobe Oxygen in a zebra jumpsuit from Banana Republic with a highlighter yellow Dagne Dover bag and hot pink heels and BaubleBar lucite hoops

It is a skin print, which is a hot trend for fall.  It's a seasonless fabric and silhouette, though the print makes it look as though it's a lightweight rayon or chiffon overlay.  But what makes it work is the length.  This weird cropped length that likely is to be inches shorter on my frame as this is a regular jumpsuit and I usually need petite… it's super versatile.  Because it looks cute with a pair of ankle booties with high enough shaft that it hides under the hem.  I did this look last winter in this post and this post with a pair of cropped wide-leg jeans.  It's the same concept if the jumpsuit is a seasonless fabric and silhouette. 

Wardrobe Oxygen in a zebra jumpsuit from Banana Republic with a highlighter yellow Dagne Dover bag and hot pink heels and BaubleBar lucite hoops

I feel clothing should get some serious mileage, more than a few weeks.  Thing is, this body hasn't stopped changing since I turned 35.  Even if I'm the same weight, I'm a different clothing size.  Even if I'm the same clothing size, my body is shaped different or my personal style has evolved.  I don't believe in fast fashion, but I also don't believe in wardrobe investments.  I've been burned.  But if I can get a piece to work through more than one season and have a silhouette that is simple enough that it may possibly work with my body, my personal style (I've been a skin prints kind of gal since high school), and general style trends next year, it may be a worthy purchase.

As for this jumpsuit, I went with 14 regular and am glad I didn't choose petite.  I think it would have been too short in the rise, and an awkward length on my calves.  I wore this look one day while I was in Florida with Soma Intimates.  It was a day where we took a limo bus to Soma's Corporate Headquarters.  There we saw several of the pieces for the fall and winter collections (sooo gorgeous and some cool concepts), learned more about the technology and innovation behind Soma's products, and had a chance to sit down with the senior exec team and honestly discuss the brand, share our questions and feedback from our audiences.  Essentially, I sat in this jumpsuit for four hours and drank enough coffee and water during that time that I had to get up and use the facilities at least four times.  It didn't crease, it wasn't uncomfortable, and while it wasn't super easy, was able to zip and unzip the jumpsuit on my own (I'd recommend checking out a tool like a Zipper Genie if you deal with dislocating a shoulder each time you try to zip your jumpsuit).  The belt can be removed so you could slip in your own belt for a different look, and it's opaque enough that you can wear a black bra underneath and it doesn't show.  It fit better right after my period than the week before. Oh, and while the armholes look like they're cut in, I'm wearing my everyday bra with this and the straps don't show even when I bend forward.

Wardrobe Oxygen in a zebra print jumpsuit from Banana Republic with a highlighter yellow Dagne Dover bag and hot pink heels and BaubleBar lucite hoops

The shoes are from last year but you've seen many times before such as in this post, this post, and this post.  The earrings have also been seen in posts like this one.  I think the bag has only made one blog appearance previously, in this post. And the lipstick, I've been using since I did this Revlon collaboration many moons ago. These are the kinds of accessories that will likely be retired by the end of September and I'll look forward to bringing back out in late April or May.  Tomorrow I'll share this same jumpsuit, but styled with pieces already in my closet, to make it work in fall.  

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8 Comments

  1. Kate
    August 26, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    “We must don blanket scarves and suede ankle booties and consume hot spiced beverages! This look is blasphemy, mocking the holy holiday that is back to school.”

    This really cracked me up! I do go back to school as a professor but it still took me years to learn that the last week in August is usually not sweater and boot weather. And I’m interested to hear some behind the scenes about issues with showing a range of prices–it is so interesting to get your view on the business of fashion.

  2. Patricia
    August 26, 2019 / 1:52 pm

    That has to be the worst reason to give up something you love
    “I had a zebra top I loved but it felt awkward after a while. I could only wear it on occasion because it elicited so many positive comments. ”
    I’d wear the heck out of something I loved and everyone loved on me! How often do you get a win-win like that?
    Sorry Jane, I don’t mean to jump on you. You’re entitled to your own feelings.

  3. Karen
    August 26, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you don’t do investment pieces and that your body is constantly changing. It’s kind of depressing to me when I read bloggers that say they pull out their “old 100% cotton 501 Levis that they wore when they were 19 and they look and fit just great now at 50.” And the commenters chime in with old blazers (or whatever) from 20 years ago that they still use, etc…. I always feel like there is something wrong with me since I’m lucky if I can wear things from 2 years ago! And don’t even get me started on the bloggers that tell women to never buy pants/skirts with any sort of stretch in the waist. This way you can nip those extra pounds in the bud before they get out of hand. For someone like me whose waist seems to grow even if I’ve stayed the same weight or gained very little, I still get on my case about not having control. One way I did take control though is to stop reading those bloggers. I’ve accepted that my body has changed for as long as I can remember and no doubt will continue that pattern. I seem to gain and lose the same 30 pounds every few years and I never know what my body will end up looking like.

    Well, now that I’ve ranted I just want to say the jumpsuit looks great on you and I can’t wait to see how you style it tomorrow. Living in Florida is almost like endless summer so today’s look is right up my alley.

  4. Jennifer
    August 26, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Thank you for clarifying what had been brewing in the back of my mind: “I don’t believe in wardrobe investments. I’ve been burned.” Me too! My shape changes, my style changes, and subtle details of garments also change over time. I sweat or stain and generally wear the daylights out of my clothes. I also machine wash most of them, which wears them out. I don’t own a car, so my shoes and coats are exposed to all kinds of things — I almost need performance gear. At almost 49, I’m too changeable still for a big investment piece. It’s so nice to hear you challenge that bit of conventional wisdom while at the same time resisting fast fashion. You’re great!

    • Leu2500
      August 26, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      WO2 recommenced Biokleen bac out for stains in a different post.

    • Kate
      August 26, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Agreed with this so much as well!

    • RoseAG
      August 26, 2019 / 9:48 pm

      When you hear someone carrying on about some expensive item of clothing being an investment it’s time to turn your BS detector on.

      Cute jumpsuit. Everyone I saw today had black/white on, you can put your black jean jacket on with it and wear it for another month as temperatures slowly fall.

  5. Jane
    August 26, 2019 / 9:34 am

    You look awesome. I had a zebra top I loved but it felt awkward after a while. I could only wear it on occasion because it elicited so many positive comments.

    Definitely dress for your climate. My problem is the opposite. I deny the weather is changing and never have my fall stuff, especially boots ready in time.

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