The return of the bodysuit

1 year ago Shikha Shah | TNN 0

No longer just a supporting inner garment, this chic suit is now a statement piece. Here’s how to style ‘em…

Over the past couple of seasons, the bodysuit has become a wardrobe staple courtesy the 80s glam athleisure obsession. From high-end fashion houses to high street, this unique, one-piece garment has found support from Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez to Bollywood actresses like Sonam kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez. “Bodysuits or leotards came into fashion predominantly in the 80s when the active sports and fitness wave took over lifestyles across the globe. These fitted onesies are used in sports like ice skating, gymnastics,” explains designer Aniket Satam.

The bodysuit is a fun and flattering piece. “It contours the body, and provides support to the natural frame, sometimes giving the appearance of a slimmer form,” says designer Shivani Awasty.


Bodysuits are everywhere, in every style imaginable. The only difference between a bodysuit and a swimsuit is that the former can be created using any material – from a stretch fabric to lace, cotton and tulle. So, choose carefully. “Strictly avoid very tight fitting ones. If you’re top heavy, avoid layered ones with ruffles, cowls etc. Always try and pick one with clasps, hooks or an opening at the crotch. Also, most bodysuits aren’t padded. So, if you’re not a petitioner for ‘free the nipple’, check for non-scooping necklines that allow you to wear a bra,” suggests designer Rhea Pillai Rastogi.

Designer Arpita Mehta says one must keep in mind the length of the bodysuit so that it isn’t too tight or loose on the crotch. “When it comes to picking a versatile body suit that can be easily dressed up or down, going with a black is the best choice,” says Awasty.


It’s important to know the kind of bottoms you can pair with the bodysuit as one should cut it at the right part of one’s body. The trick is to show off the most flattering part and cover up the flabby part. “Think hot pants, short skirts, long midi skirts, palazzo pants, bell-bottom pants, high-waist skinny jeans. It’s fun to throw in a layer with a bodysuit, be it a cape, or a leather jacket, depending on the need of the hour. I personally love wearing bodysuits on a night out,” says Mehta.

For the evening, there are whole lot of embellished and embroidered bodysuits out there. “The embellishment can be sequin, beading or crystals. Team it with palazzo pants or a formal skirt. Make the evening look classy by complementing an embellished bodysuit with a capelet or a jacket. For a casual look, opt for a bodysuit in jersey, cotton, silk and lycra. Printed and solid colour bodysuits can be worn casually with linen pants, shorts, skirts,” suggests designer Pria Kataaria Puri. When looking to contour the body silhouette with the bodysuit, opt for a corseted designer piece to keep the torso firm. Work with the darker colours and try to keep away from wearing belts. Stick to simpler cuts, lesser detailing and monotone looks to achieve the best tuck-in.

A bodysuit is a lighter version of a corset. Most other tops crinkle and crease when tucked in – this isn’t the case with a bodysuit

— Pria Kataaria Puri, designer

Easy breezy

For a day look, pair a pop suit with a skirt or track pants

Shirt up

A shirt style suit goes well for work and as a pairing with a skirt

Print run

Experiment with funky prints for a look-at-me style

Power up

Pair with a blazer and trousers, or a pencil skirt for a work look

Red rage

This sumer, Japanese prints and styles are a big trend

Be sporty

Go the full athlesiure route with a sporty bodysuit

Beach babe

Work your suit in a classic beach style with a flowy robe and accessories

Party suit

Be party ready with this cape meets bodysuit

Desi girl

Indianise your suit by picking an embellished piece to pair with sari or ghaghra

Sheer strike

Wear solid-coloured suits under sheer dresses and gowns

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