I think I am the only person on earth that doesn’t own a jumpsuit at this point, and I like that they have finally expanded from ultra casual adult onesies with elasticized hems and drawstring waists to more tailored outfits.
I was reading the reviews for Gap’s Sleeveless TENCEL Culotte Jumpsuit, which is offered in petite and tall and black, white, and a vibrant red-orange, and reserved it in-store in the regular sizing immediately (because they do not carry petite or tall sizing). The reviews describe this as short in the torso, narrow in the bust, and running a little small and short. Normally I would pass just at the sight of the word “tencel”, but reviewers weren’t strongly opposed to the fabric, and some were quite enthusiastic about the overall style and silhouette. Sounded like it had real potential since it seemed to run small.
I tried the regular version of my petite size (the latter which is sometime too large for me). I didn’t mind the tencel-linen blend fabric, and love that it can supposedly be machine washed. I didn’t mind the v-neck. It took me forever to figure out how to get into this thing through the side zip, which was a recurring gripe for a lot of reviewers. You have to unzip it and then step into it from the top, and if you do that, the side zip is actually better than a back zip in that you don’t have to stretch and contort your arms to zip up the zipper all the way.
My main issues with this piece are that the waist sits lower than true waist (more like where a mid-rise jean might hit), there is a lot of fabric in the leg area, and even though I am petite in stature the inseam is quite cropped (like mid to low thigh) in regular sizing and I think that might be a little too trendy to qualify this piece as timeless.
I don’t know if I want to size down to petite sizing because I like the longer inseam of the regular (do I really want a just below-the-knee jumpsuit as pictured in the product photos?), and the looser fit. If this could be taken up at the shoulders, the waist would be in the right place for me, but doing so makes the armhole openings uncomfortably small. Therein lies the main problem. If I saw that I could take this up at the shoulders, I probably would have purchased it.
If I can fit into regular sizing this well, this piece runs surprisingly small relative to typical Gap sizing. You may want to consider sizing up, maybe even more than one size.
I really like the deep v-neck, which wasn’t too deep this time. It is very reminiscent of those 1920s day dresses with straight, shapeless silhouettes. Love. I’m also really loving wider tie-waist belts right now and tailored wide leg trousers. Very 1970s. It’s interesting to me to see these details combined into one outfit. I think it could be very versatile, just not for me. And I agree with another reviewer that it should have a full length pant, or maybe ankle cropped inseam.
It’s wonderful to see a piece with more tailoring. I’m so sick of stretchy, knit, cheaply made everything in twenty versions of the same silhouette each with small differences in details each season.
Speaking of stretchy knits sans tailoring, I tried this Wrap-belt Midi Dress while in store in regular sizing and it hit at the ankle for me in length in regular sizing. I just wasn’t that much of a fan of the skirt hem, and the top half didn’t really fit that well (cut for taller person, large gaping armholes, broad wide shoulders). I won’t be pursuing it in petite sizing.
I also tried the Softspun Midi Skirt in regular sizing. It ran slightly wide in the waist, but hit at a flattering, on-trend length just below the knee. If you need a black pencil skirt at an affordable price or like the idea of a tailored, more formal piece in a casual fabric (so J.Crew), this is a good candidate. I did not care for the gray colorway at all – a very casual color on a casual knit fabric limits the versatility of the pencil skirt silhouette and in my opinion completely defeats the purpose of having a pencil skirt in a knit jersey (that, in black, could be dressed up or down).
Where did you get your most versatile jumpsuit, or are you still on the hunt like me, or are you skipping this trend entirely? How about midi dresses and skirts?