A Sexy Alternative to the Little Black Dress: The Little Black Jumpsuit

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There is nothing like the classic little black dress.  It’s a closet staple that will always be my go-to for an easy outfit for almost any occasion.  The reason that the black dress is a must have is because it’s slimming, easy to style, and there are so many versions of it that work for every body-type.  A quality little black dress symbolizes effortless elegance, simplicity, and style.

Though the little black dress is almost always the perfect go-to, I think it’s a good idea to have multiple go-to’s for easy styling.  So today I’m featuring another piece that is just as classic as the little black dress, but a little more up-to-date.  That would be the little black jumpsuit.  The jumpsuit is sleek and sophisticated.

Jones New York Off-The-Shoulder Knit Crepe Jumpsuit _ Dillards
Jones New York Off-The-Shoulder Knit Crepe Jumpsuit

The jumpsuit is an easy outfit because it’s one piece. So you don’t have to worry about putting together an entire outfit.  All you have to do is find the right heels (which are usually already in your closet) and some cute pieces of jewelry! Also, jumpsuits are perfect for many occasions including the office, business meetings, weddings, conferences, a night out, etc.  They’re very versatile and easy to style which is why they’re my favs!

Chico'c Jumpsuit
Chico’s Twist Front Jumpsuit

Like the little black dress, black jumpsuits give you that extra boost of confidence.  I think it’s because you don’t have to worry about showing anything that you don’t want to. They’re pants, so you don’t run the risk of exposure.  Not only that, but they’re super comfortable, and they can give off that “dressed down, dressed up” look. And like the little black dress, the little black jumpsuit is slimming, stylish, and available in so many different styles.

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Stretch-Jersey Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit

With us heading into the fall and winter seasons, I think a cute black jumpsuit is a smart transition piece; Mainly, because you can wear them without a jacket on those warm days; But, you can also add an edgy leather jacket or blazer for those cool fall nights.  I mean what’s more stylish than that!

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ASOS Curve Wrap Jumpsuit with 3/4 Sleeve

The thing about most jumpsuits is that they add a touch of polish and sophistication to your look.

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Gabrielle Union Collection – Black Jumpsuit

So, what’s the alternative to the LBD? The LBJ.  I love a classic black jumpsuit just as much as I do a black dress. It’s the other sophisticated wardrobe staple to have. Take my word for it and try one out.


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Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CPS is a Life Coach, Psychotherapist, and Author.


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