Call us crazy, but now that summer has officially begun, we’re pledging our seasonal allegiance to the one-piece this season.
Yes, that single item of clothing that goes by the monikers jumpsuit, romper, and playsuit. On hot and humid New York City days when you can hardly muster the energy to plan out an ensemble, there’s simply nothing easier to turn to than a one-piece. It’s simultaneously a top and bottom, and comes in a host of materials and colors. Grab one for a dressy cocktail party, or scoop up a breezy, cotton number for a leisurely Sunday bike ride. It’s total, no-brainer summer dressing. Who can argue with that?
Fashioned from stretch jersey and featuring a point d’esprit overlay, this playsuit by REDValentino is an instant fashion hit. It has sequined stars and a ruched waist, and will look stunning worn with some towering heels. $695. 821 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 212-772-6969; valentino.com
No designer does boho-gal style quite like Anna Sui. Her linen one-piece has intricate embroidery that sweeps up from the legs to the bodice, and an adorable criss-cross back. $455. 113 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-941-8406; annasui.com
Michael Kors’ bustier jumpsuit is just the thing to wear out to a long weekend in the Hamptons (seriously, you may not need to pack anything else), as it will take you from poolside to dinner and then some. The green-and-tan floral print style is made from hemp-grass linen and has a peek-a-boo cutout at the center. $1,325. 610 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-582-2444; michaelkors.com
Known for her affinity for jumpsuits, Stella McCartney has crafted yet another hit this season with her Flower Lace style. This piece is a literal work of art made out of exquisite guipure lace and topped off by a dramatic bow sash. $6,470. 112 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com
The Shany silk jumpsuit by Diane von Furstenberg harkens back to the sultry style of the seventies. Here, the designer utilizes her signature wrap design for a flattering fit up top, and adds necessities like pockets and pleated trims in back. $445. 874 Washington Street (13th/14th Streets); 212-741-6607; dvf.com
One look at A.P.C.’s Irina jumpsuit and you’ll be smitten. This darling style is of crisp, English Liberty cotton completely covered in a sweet floral motif. Consider the removable belt simply the icing on top. $370. 131 Mercer Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-966-9685; apc.fr
For a serious dose of retro flair, look no further than Miu Miu’s embellished denim playsuit. The straps and top are festooned with crystals and sequins and will add just the right amount of zip when worn with a classic white shirt. $4,105. 11 East 57th Street (Madison/Fifth Avenue); 212-641-2980; miumiu.com
Thanks to Joie, we no longer have to stand in front of our closet struggling with the eternal question, “What do I wear?” The label’s Amara B romper can be worn to work (just add a blazer) and taken out to Sunday brunch with the family. The watercolor floral print is lovely, and the silk is just sheer enough to keep you cool on the hottest of days. $358. 114 Wooster Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 646-284-9081; joie.com
Think sixties glamour when reaching for this tie-dye jumpsuit by Haute Hippie. The blouson silhouette at the top and drawstring waist make it ideal for casual wear. It can also be instantly dressed up; simply slip on some strappy heels and pop on some gold hoops. $635. 9 Prince Street (Elizabeth Street/Bowery); 212-431-0101; hautehippie.com
It’s a bold claim, but we’re confident that Monique Lhuillier’s silk faille jumpsuit will quickly become your new favorite piece for black-tie events. The streamlined trousers eliminate any hassle of long skirts, and the jewel neck and cap sleeves provide just the right amount of coverage. $2,495. 19 East 71st Street (Fifth/Madison Avenues); 212-683-3332; moniquelhuillier.com