Why the Bodysuit Is Your Key Wardrobe Staple

The Kardashian and Jenner families are responsible for a lot (and we mean a LOT) of trends we didn't see coming, but perhaps the most widespread of late is the return of the bodysuit.

In the '80s, if you wore a top, chances were it was a super-tight leotard with poppers at the crotch. And as part of the ongoing '80s comeback trickling down from the likes of Saint Laurent and J.W.Anderson, the body is starting to make a triumphant return to our roster of must-have basics. And now we're not sure why we ever forgot about it. 

In contoured bodysuits (which look like they've been lifted from Kris Jenner's own archive) paired with flesh-coloured equally tight skirts, Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner have spearheaded this lycra comeback, but this is a piece to consider even if you regard these A-listers as your total style opposite and you can't remember the last time you went into American Apparel.

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@kendalljenner

The body provides a clean, sleek silhouette and is now a model-off-duty staple, and its tidy, streamlined aesthetic makes it the perfect foundation for autumnal layering.

We've also seen the trend extending to swimming costumes being worn with high-waisted skirts and shorts, but we're aware that no one can get away with wearing a Lisa Marie Fernandez one-piece as a top come October, so a more full-bodied bodysuit will be the perfect substitute.

Ready to reinvest? Find out how to wear a body now—and shop some of our favourites in the gallery below.

A bodysuit is a neat base for tailoring.

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Style Notes: The word bodysuit might make you think of revealing leotards with mesh panels and string detailing that are more Coachella than Monday morning meetings. However, they can form a key part of your working wardrobe, as demonstrated by Kendall Jenner who paired her modest sleeved bodysuit with suit trousers for a sleek, contemporary office look.

Make a statement in the back.

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@pandorasykes

Style Notes: If you want to make a statement with your leotard, make like Pandora Sykes and opt for a balletic bodysuit with an open back and tie detailing. With such a dramatic back, it pays to keep the rest classic and pair with high-waisted blue-wash jeans.

Wear a bodysuit (instead of a tee) with high-waisted pieces.

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@RobertaBenetler

Style Notes: While Avenue 32's Roberta Benteler's bodysuit is technically a swimsuit, the same look can be achieved with a leotard. When wearing a high-waisted skirt, a sleek bodysuit will look SO much better than a T-shirt and will further accentuate your waist. 

Fashion your own LBD.

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Style notes: For a super-sleek and sexy look, fashion your own LBD with a body tucked into a figure-hugging tight pencil skirt like Emily Ratajkowski. 

When in doubt, keep it simple.

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Style Notes: A bodysuit works best when the look is kept simple. A black leotard (whatever the style) always seems effortless when tucked into a denim skirt or jeans, making it a fuss-free weekend uniform.

Tapping into the ballet vibes…

The perfect summer-to-autumn transition piece.