What you need to know about the jumpsuit

What you need to know about the jumpsuit

It’s the one-piece solution to all your summer outfit challenges. This is how it came to be and what to think about when slipping into one.

Skiers, aviators, parachutists. The history of the jumpsuit begins in the early 1900s and shadows the development of the modern aircraft, as it was created for the people who jumped out of them – hence how it got its high-flying name. The jumpsuit’s roots are galaxies away from the plush status it holds today. Then, a garment worn for an extremely dangerous line of work, now an item worn by lazy (yet chic) girls who don’t want to waste time pairing two pieces together.

The first jumpsuit made for everyday use was introduced by Italian artist Thayat in 1919. He wanted to make an anti-bourgeois statement and created a comfortable and easy-to-wear suit for the working class women in factories and on the fields. However, his vision of the garment as a proletariat signature boomeranged when it quickly gained popularity among the Florentine upper class instead. It would take another decade for the comfortable one-piece to reach fashion status.

It’s the epitome of laidback and effortless glamour.


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.


Read the stories behind all your wardrobe favourites here.




DIRECTOR Andreas Sjödin

STYLIST Marcus Söder | Link Details

DOP Max Larsson

MODEL Tandi Reason Dahl | Oui Management

HAIR Cim Mahony | Lalaland Artists

MAKEUP Trine Skjøt | Lund Lund

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