If you’re a fan of the bodysuit, which makes layering and tucking the most seamless process, you’re in good company. The bodysuit is no new fashion statement; it’s been a wardrobe staple for decades. “In 1985, Donna Karen launched an interchangeable collection called ‘Seven Easy Pieces,’ which catapulted her career, and the bodysuit was the base layer,” explains NYC-based stylist and personal shopper Lana Blanc.
The very obvious perk of wearing a bodysuit is just that: ease. You can wear one under just about anything, and unlike traditional tops, bodysuits don't add inches and bulk to your waistline, making for fuss-free and flattering styling. Another benefit, according to Blanc, is that a bodysuit makes a great base when layered under cardigans, blazers, sheer tops, and even dresses.
Before choosing a bodysuit, Blanc recommends asking yourself where and how you're going to wear it. “For example, most people opt for a long sleeved bodysuit in the winter, but if you're layering it under a thick blazer or wool cardigan, chances are you're going to be sweating long before you get wherever it is you're going,” she says. “However, if you're wearing the bodysuit alone or under something light, then long sleeves are the way to go.”
Ready to shop the best bodysuits for layering? Below are some great options for every outfit in your closet.
Looking for the perfect bodysuit for a night out in cooler temps? Blanc is a huge fan of this one. “It has long sleeves to keep you warm and a deep v-neck to instantly elevate your look from casual to sexy,” she says. “It also looks great with just about all bottoms, from midi skirts and high rise leather pants to joggers and mom jeans.” Toss a blazer or moto jacket over it, and you're good to go.
This bodysuit features a sophisticated racer neckline that was designed to be worn underneath tailored trousers, making it the perfect piece for your work wardrobe. The fitted, fine gauge knit hugs your body without bunching, and the halterneck style is eye-catching whether you adorn it with a oversized cardigan or chic blazer.
Not only does this thong-bottom, long-sleeve bodysuit provide a smooth tucked in look, it also features a hidden tummy panel for added shaping and support around your waistline. But that's not all: The brand's Outlast Temperature Control regulates your body heat—a feature you'll surely appreciate when layering.
This bodysuit features Free People’s signature seamless fabric with 8 percent Spandex for a formfitting fit. It's super lightweight and has a wide boat neckline that looks great when worn alone or as a layering piece. Just note that reviewers recommend sizing up for the most comfortable fit.
Blanc loves the fact that this option combines the look of a classic white button-down with the clean fit of a bodysuit, thanks to its micro-jersey thong bottom. “It’s designed to 'always stay perfectly tucked in,’ which makes this bodysuit a must-have for any office wardrobe,” she says.
“What the Howard bodysuit does for button downs, the Essex does for t-shirts,” says Blanc. “The relaxed fit of a tee and the comfort of a bodysuit create a perfectly tucked-in look to layer under all of your favorite winter knits.” Come spring, you can pair it with jeans or shorts for an insta-outfit.
This bodysuit provides the versatility of a v-neck top and sleek fit of a bodysuit. Made from 23 percent elastane, it hugs your curves and provides all over smoothing. The classic style layers well with everything and never comes untucked.
Blanc loves the “girl next door” vibe of this bodysuit. “The Henley crew neck styling and slim fitting throughout makes the Nisa an effortless way to pull off the jeans and t-shirt style," she says. Made from a super-soft organic cotton and spandex blend, it wears comfortably without bunching or tugging.
This brand has completely capitalized on the market of selling flattering clothing you can layer upon. “The fabric is incredibly soft and breathable, the sizing is one size fits most (and it really does!), and the fit will hug you where you want to be hugged,” says Blanc. We love this mockneck style for layering under blazers and winter jackets.
This classic tank style is the perfect base for any outfit. Made with 4 perfect Elastane, it has the perfect amount of stretch, and the ribbed fabric hugs your body in all the right places. Another noteworthy feature: Extra wide shoulder straps make this bodysuit bra-friendly for larger busts.
This fitted, short-sleeve bodysuit features a deep scoop neckline and a unique ribbed design for a stylish touch. Dress it up with a skirt or pair of slacks, or rock it under a pair of cozy sweatpants.
If you’re looking for something a little sexier to layer under night-out looks, this is a great option. It has lace adorned V-neckline and backless design.
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