PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 June, 2008, 12:00am

While the dress may be the current go-to piece when it comes to getting ready in a snap, something new is slowly stealing its thunder - the jumpsuit. As many of us can't be bothered to mix and match our outfits every morning if it means cutting into our precious sleep time, opting for a jumpsuit is the perfect way to look chic in an instant.

For more serious, business types, there are trouser options that can easily overtake the need for a suit. Gwyneth Paltrow recently attended a film premiere in a pin-striped trouser version that looked great, but could have also been layered over a button-down dress shirt or even a solid coloured T-shirt. Throw on a blazer if you feel like you need to dress up the look more. Just make sure to look for a piece that is cut with wide legs to up the formal factor.

If your work place is more lenient about dress codes, go instead for a romper jumpsuit that will keep you cool even in this humid weather. Take a cue from Yvonne (far right). She's wearing an elegant beige silk Prada Sport jumpsuit that she's cinched at her hips with two slim belts. The fact that her jumpsuit hits at her knees makes it more appropriate for a work environment than anything shorter. If you don't feel comfortable wearing something sleeveless like hers to the office, add a light cardigan to complete the look. Once you leave the office, take off the cardigan and you'll be ready to hit the town.

For nights out, don't be afraid to go for something shorter and sexier. Jeanette (left), for one, has pulled on a strapless silk number with an elastic waistband and a ribbon detail at the top. She bought it at Kitterick (Shop 106-8, 1/F, Style House, Park Lane Hotel, Causeway Bay, tel: 2808 1407). The piece shows off her deep tan to perfection and she's kept the rest of her accessories minimal to allow the piece to stand out on its own.

I've also seen some great silk romper jumpsuits from Vanessa Bruno (available from Lane Crawford) in colours such as purple or blood orange that have interesting details such as ruffled plackets and tie waists. I've also had jumpsuits tailored in order to get the measurements just right. The most important thing to remember when it comes to jumpsuits is that the fit is right. In particular, make sure the rise is long enough to prevent an unsightly anatomy faux pas that I won't name here. If you don't know what I'm talking about, stay away from this trend altogether.


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