Best Jumpsuit for Women of 2020
We were first drawn to Toad and Co. brand by their commitment to environmental and social responsibility in manufacturing their clothing. Then we felt its soft, stretchy Tencel and organic cotton material, with well-sewed seams and all-metal buttons and strap adjustments. When we take into account the seams and blue fabric detailing on the cuffs and pockets, as well as the adjustable waistband to fit many different body types, the Toad and Co. model simply stands out as the best. It's stylish, functional, and has wide-ranging appeal.
It is hard to find drawbacks to this option, but our one note is on the cut of the overalls. These overalls are adjustable to many body types with adjustable shoulder straps and a waistband. However, they have a wide cut around the hips and chest. If you are someone who trends on the narrow build in these areas, this option will likely be a little loose but may still look great. Additionally, Toad and Co. trends a little more expensive than some of our other brands, but we think if you can foot it, this eco-friendly brand should last you a long time. Overall, these overalls are a sustainable, soft, and stylish option to fulfill your needs.
Again, we love the commitment to environmental and social ethics from Synergy. This jumpsuit is made with 95% organic cotton woven into a jacquard knit that feels sturdy and high quality. This item is certified sustainable by a third party: GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard. The fabric is soft, a little bit stretchy, and makes us feel like we're wearing a robe (in a great way). Additionally, the deep v-neck wrap, long sleeves, long pants, and wrap-able waistband are extremely flattering.
On the negative side, this jumpsuit runs a little large. No big deal, but if it is your first time ordering from Synergy, consider taking a look at their size chart or sizing down. Also, the care instructions call for hand washing and line drying, which is time-consuming and inconvenient, although not uncommon for formalwear. This eco-friendly option is sure to wow in the office or dressed up with fancy shoes and jewelry for a special occasion.
Do you frequently find yourself searching for the right thing to wear while just lounging around the house? If so, then we may have found the solution. The Zesica Casual Off Shoulder was what our testers reached for repeatedly while working from home or watching movies. We love the soft, stretchy fabric that composes this entire setup, even wrapping the sturdy elastic bands at the top and waistband. Throw on your favorite boots or tennis shoes, and you can take this comfy piece out and about for casual wear, too.
The biggest drawbacks to this option are in line with its fast-fashion nature. It is made up of entirely synthetic fabric, mostly rayon and polyester. Not only are both of these materials resource-intensive to manufacture, but they require carcinogenic chemicals in the production process. Additionally, the single stitching around the waistband and some pulling stitches on the hems make us think that this piece might not hold its shape for very long. If you are looking for a quick fix to your comfort and lounging needs at a reasonable value, the Zesica Casual Off Shoulder is a good solution.
A well-known name in the workwear industry, Carhartt did not disappoint our testers with its Brewster Double Front Railroad Bib. The soft woven cotton fabric and evenly loose fit scored points for comfort. Additionally, these overalls are easy to care for, calling for machine wash warm and tumble dry low, a process that continues to soften the fabric. Finally, the metal buttons are punched through the fabric, not sewn on. The metal shoulder strap adjustment and YKK zipper suggest high construction quality, too. Plus, there are eleven pockets.
The style of these overalls are polarizing. Some women might jump for the utilitarian, functional look of this model, while others might fault it for this same reason. Our testers tended to like its looks and had no problem wearing it out in public. Also, while we reached for this option time and time again, it is made from non-organic cotton material. While natural fibers tend to score better than synthetic, cotton (98% of this fabric) involves a water and resource-intensive production process. This being said, the other line of thought in sustainable clothing is to buy items designed to last you a very long time, and we think these stylish and functional overalls will do just that.
The Free People Go West Utility is a style upgrade to the overall style seen across many brands. We love the fit of this piece; form-fitting in the waist and hips, with a loose utility cut in the legs. This elevated, flattering fit brings this model a step above other overalls we tested in style. The open back is a surprisingly nice touch. We also like the washed green print we selected and the belt detail that cinches the style.
We do, however, have a few doubts about the durability of this style. The button closures are all plastic and sewn on. Combined with the fabric's rigidity, we think they could potentially pop off with a big stretch or dance move. The hook closure on the side zipper actually pulled off as we tried to zip it closed ourselves. We recommend being more careful than usual with this garment. Finally, this option did not score super well on environmental and social ethics. Still, this is a super cute option that is sure to obtain many compliments on a summer day.
Another option in the workwear brands that overlaps into current trends is the Dickies Long Sleeve Cotton Twill Coverall. We were skeptical of the mechanic uniform look but quickly fell in love with the aviator feeling of this piece. This sturdy coverall has YKK zippers, metal buttons, and strong seams. Plus, the snap buttons and zippers combined with an elastic waistband make for easy in and out.
As the Dickies Longs Sleeve Cotton Twill Coverall is intended for work, it does leave a little to be desired in its fit. There is a little bit of bunching at the back of the waistband, and the fabric itself feels a little stiff and crinkly when first worn. An additional drawback is the non-organic cotton make up of this material. This impact can be mitigated by the fact that these coveralls seem like they will last you a long time, and the fit will only get better and more stylish as you wear and wash them. If you are looking for a utility-style that is not only functional but durable, wear these coveralls until they are worn out.
The Buenos Ninos V-Neck Maxi Jumpsuit comes in a large variety of colors, but we love the tie-dye print. This option is by far the lightest and most breathable of those we tested. It has extra-wide legs and feels like it weighs next to nothing. We love how good this option is for summer days. The straps are easy to adjust with metal sliders. We love that we can quickly toss this model on for fast and fun style.
The quality of the V-Neck Maxi Jumpsuit is also where we have concerns. We consider it to be a fast fashion item, and it shows in some places. The thin stitching is running in a few places, and the thin fabric appears to be pulling away from the stitching in some areas. The fabric is also 100% rayon, meaning it is not the most sustainable option. If you are looking for a quick fix to meet your beachy summertime tie-dye needs, the Buenos Ninos V-Neck Maxi might be for you.
The Gihuo Baggy Cotton Overalls are a lightweight alternative to some of the others we tested in this review. The oversized fit in a soft, airy linen fabric makes for a fast outfit solution. The adjustable shoulder straps and five different pockets make them versatile and functional.
Conversely, we think these cute, cheap overalls might not last you too long. Its seams are pulling, and the plastic buttons are attached with a thin sewing job. They also miss the mark style-wise, with awkward tails to the shoulder straps when set to their shortest setting. Finally, like many other options in this review, it's hard to find information on the sustainability of the non-organic cotton and dyes used to make this linen textile. If you're looking to not break the bank and jump in on this overall trend, the Gihuo is a good model to consider.
Initially, our testers were skeptical of this formalwear, as we usually reach for something a little more casual. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we like the Canikat Batwing Short-Sleeve. We find the fit and seaming around the hips with a loose batwing upper to be super comfortable and flattering. The thicker and slightly stretchy synthetic fabric manages to look high end in this cut combined with a nice sash.
While the Canikat Batwing Short-Sleeve appeared fancy and high-end, it fell short in ways unsurprising for its price point. The zipper and buttons both feel cheap, with the zipper being the classic thin kind that inevitably catches on the surrounding fabric. The hemming at the arms and ankles was already coming unraveled after one handwash cycle. Overall, if you want a look to just wear once for a wedding or special occasion, this Batwing Short-Sleeve could be for you.
The Prettygarden Casual Short Sleeve One Shoulder is a casual jumpsuit that failed to impress our testers. The main appeal of this style is the soft, stretchy fabric, but otherwise, we find it pretty underwhelming.
Not only is the fabric entirely synthetic, we think it misses the mark stylistically. The waistband sits just below the natural waist, which our testers found less than flattering. Additionally, the waistband is not a true drawstring, with the strings thinly attached to look like one. The cuffs on the pants are too tight, and the off-shoulder cut is a little odd. While it's fine for lounging around at home, we can't say this is our favorite option.
The Verdusa Elegant Off Shoulder Ruffle was not our favorite model after thorough testing. The biggest draws of this item are its lower price point and more formal style.
We think its cut just leaves something to be desired. The legs and body are disproportionately tight compared to the upper body. The upper off-shoulder ruffle stays put well, but it lies on the section of the upper arm and shoulder that requires the most mobility. This means we have trouble dancing, waving hello, or just moving around in this dressy number. The materials and construction were also found to be lacking, as the synthetic fabric appeared cheap, and the hems had multiple pulling threads within a few uses. Finally, this fabric is another fully synthetic option, and little can be found about the manufacturer's workplace ethics. There are not many characteristics of this option that make it a worthwhile purchase for us.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our lead tester, Jackie Kearney, spends many hours of her day as a professional landscaper and vegetable farmer during the summer and a ski patroller during the winter. This means she does not have too much time to piece together an outfit. Already familiar with the practical overalls she frequently wears during the summer, she often reaches for a jumpsuit when she's not working. Limited free time has made her an expert in simple, stylish, and functional fashion, and she knows that there are few better options to amp up your style with minimal effort than a new jumpsuit.
After many hours of research and shopping around the myriad options on the internet, we selected the most appealing and popular ones and sent them to our lead tester. We ordered a selection of overalls, coveralls, casual, and formalwear and wore them everywhere. We wore them socially, helping us assess their unique style, such as having dinner with friends and when bopping around town. We also wore them for function-forward activities, like while feeding the chickens and horses and farming vegetables. We passed out these models to friends, too, to get a mix of assessments for each piece. Each model was washed according to its specifications multiple times and carefully inspected for any signs of wear and tear. After living in these for several weeks, we are confident we can guide you to the right style for your budget.
Analysis and Test Results
Online shopping can be overwhelming. To help you find your ideal match, we scored each jumpsuit on fit and comfort, quality of construction and materials, ease of care and upkeep, environmental and social ethics, and style and function.
Fit and Comfort
To us, the best part of this garment style is that you can throw on one piece and be ready to go for the day or night. For an item that you may want to wear for many hours, we wanted to evaluate its fit and comfort thoroughly. We took the measurements of our lead tester and compared them to the size charts to inform what size to purchase. This included waist, hip, and chest measurements with a fabric measuring tape. From here, we could reliably say whether each piece of clothing fit true to size or ran a little large or small. We then measured the inseams for each item and checked to make sure they were as advertised. We also had women of two varying shapes try on each product to see how they fit different sizes. Finally, we evaluated each option's softness, stretch, and seam smoothness and noted whether it bunched or bagged in any places.
The Toad and Co. Touchstone Overalls, Carhartt Brewster Double Front Bib, and Zesica Casual off Shoulder all scored extremely well in this category for their soft materials and non-restrictive fits on everyone who tried them on. The soft jacquard knit of the Synergy Organic Pebble Alder and its robe-like construction also did quite well here. On the other hand, options like the Verdusa Elegant Off Shoulder did not do so well, as its fit is restrictive and generally too tight.
Quality of Construction and Materials
For this metric, we give our educated estimate of how each model should hold up over time. We extensively investigated each piece's seam construction, looking for how many times the sewing doubled back and whether there were any loose threads. For those with zippers and buttons, we made sure to use those features. We examined the materials used and the security of their attachment to the clothing. We also wore each item a minimum of three full days and washed each one according to its care instructions three times. The care instructions varied vastly, some calling for hand wash only and line dry, while others called for a machine wash and tumble dry. For those intended to be worked in, we did chores, fed the horses, and handled chickens, noting how each was holding up to extended wear and tear.
Unsurprisingly, the workwear options tended to score well in this category, as did some higher-end environmentally friendly options. The Carhartt Brewster Double Front Bib and Dickies Cotton Twill Coverall scored well for their metal buttons and zippers. The Carhart impressed us especially for its robust sewing and double fabric patches on high use areas like the thighs and knees. The Synergy Organic and Toad and Co. products also scored highly for their wonderful, durable textiles. Many of the fast-fashion picks like the Verdusa and Zesica showed signs of deterioration after just one wash, thus scoring much lower here.
Ease of Care and Upkeep
We wanted to factor in how much effort it would take to keep you wearing your new favorite piece all of the time. To measure this we washed and dried each item according to its care instructions and measured how many minutes it took to do so. Luckily none of these pieces are dry clean only, but their care intensity did vary widely.
Many of these pieces call for machine wash cold and tumble dry low, such as the Free People Go West Utility and Zesica Casual Of Shoulder. Pretty easy. With instructions to machine wash warm and tumble dry low, the Carhartt and Dickies jumpsuits earned high marks for their ability to handle warm water wash cycles. Thicker materials with handwash instructions like the Synergy Organic Pebble Alder scored the lowest in this category as they take the longest time to clean and require more effort.
Environmental and Social Ethics
In the fashion industry, it can be hard to determine what the labels of "sustainable" and "ethical" actually mean without extensive ethical codes and third-party certifications. For each piece of clothing in this review, we extensively researched the brand's code of ethics (hint: if they have one, it's typically a good sign) and the materials used to make each item. There is a lot of information available on the resources and processes used to make every textile used in these items. As you might guess, some are better than others. Additionally, we looked for third-party certifications that attest to the brand's ethical and social responsibility. To score products here, we considered two things—the product's material composition and how long they were likely to last. A great way to reduce your footprint when buying new clothes is to stick to organic natural fibers and items that you can wear time and time again, so you don't have to continue creating waste and consuming more products.
The items that scored highest here were the Toad and Co. and Synergy Organic products. These companies both have dedicated ethical codes in their manufacturing plants and use natural and sustainably sourced textiles when possible. Toad and Co. even has the option to ship with a reusable package and includes a cheat sheet on sustainable textile options. In the other line of reasoning, Carhartt and Dickies scored relatively well because we expect they'll last you a long time. Many of the fast-fashion brands like Zesica and Verdusa scored poorly due to their ambiguous manufacturing ethics and synthetic materials.
Style and Function
Style is subjective but important. Functionality is an added benefit of having a stylish piece. To evaluate this metric, we took into consideration the patterns and prints of the textiles used, as well as whether the pattern of the whole design was interesting or unique. Vain beings we are, we unabashedly also took into account compliments received. We then counted the pockets and took note of how well they held our personal belongings and more. Finally, we wore these doing just about everything—running around, dancing, walking around town, cooking, choring, and gardening. Doing these things, plus a uniform circuit of 10 push-ups and 20 squats to test relative mobility, allowed us to determine just how well these stayed put.
The workwear brands Carhartt and Dickies score highly in this category. We completed all kinds of household and homestead chores easily in these models and appreciated their alternative style presentation. The overalls from Toad and Co., Gihuo, and Free People also do well in this metric. They are a bit more fashion-forward yet still offer suitable utility.
On the other hand, the Prettygarden Casual Short Sleeve One Shoulder did not do as well, as it did not stay on so well, and functions such as a drawstring were missing. Finally, the Verdusa also scored poorly for its restrictive nature and too tight fit.
After rigorous hands-on testing of each option and combining that with our personal and professional experience, we feel very familiar with each style in this review. To come to this place, we developed a detailed test plan and applied it to each model. After living in these models for weeks, we are confident that you may now use this review to guide you to the right style for your budget.
— Jacqueline Kearney