If the word “jumpsuit” immediately calls to mind images of your mechanic, read on: You might not know it yet, but this versatile piece could just be your new LBD. Although perhaps a bit intimidating if you’ve yet to try the trend, just think of a jumpsuit as a slight (and slightly cooler) update to the classic cocktail dress. Just like a cocktail dress, you can’t go wrong with black, and the accessories really make the outfit. Jumpsuits set a great background for statement jewelry, so break out your favorite necklace (or, if you’re working with a tricky neckline, opt for bold earrings). Simple sandals and a sleek clutch elevate the look from body shop to ballroom.
To buy: Miss Selfridge slinky tailored jumpsuit, $50; johnlewis.com. Warehouse box chain and stone drop earrings, $23; warehouse.co.uk. Armitage Avenue bangle set, $12.95; lorisshoes.com. ASOS envelope clutch, $33.87; asos.com. Aldo “Daeng” sandals, $80; aldoshoes.com.