The one-piece wonder shimmies between a closet essential and a statement piece simply because its practical function of remaining “tucked-in” is also the very quality that makes it ultra-chic. It presents the possibility for a woman to look sharp on any occasion, and effortlessly so.
Defined as a garment which extends from the shoulders to the crotch, the humble hybrid piece has its roots in the leotard — a form of athletic wear invented by French gymnast Jules Leotard in the 1800s. But after centuries’ worth of crossovers, the bodysuit is now also synonymous with ballet, superheroes, and ’80s workout tutorials.
Just like how the power suit is inextricably associated with Coco Chanel and slinky glamorous dresses with Gianni Versace, the bodysuit is one with Donna Karan. The American fashion designer established the bodysuit as one of the foundational pieces of the DKNY label, and champions the sleek silhouette as a musthave for the modern woman — something that we definitely agree with.
Wool bodysuit (price unavailable), Eres. Wool jacket, $690, and denim jeans, $370, Sandro. Metal earrings, $14.95, H&M.
To enjoy a truly hassle-free day, opt for bodysuits with a snap-front closure that’ll ensure efficient bathroom breaks.
Polyester bodysuit, $550, and embellished tulle skirt, $650, Pinko. Resin earrings, $105, and lamb leather clutch, $1,025, Bimba Y Lola.
Dance the night away
Polyester bodysuit, $49.95, H&M. Leather skirt, $625, Sandro. Satin pumps with pom-pom details, $1,890, Manolo Blahnik.
Pair with a leather miniskirt and pompom heels for a night of partying. The best part: You can show off your moves without having to worry about your top bunching up.
Photography Brendan Zhang, assisted by Rex
Styling Windy Aulia, assisted by Sean Tham
Hair & Makeup Audrey Wee, using Chanel
This article was first published in Her World’s October issue.