That Black Jumpsuit

 JUMPSUIT:  LOVE FIRE  / MESH TOP WITH BELL SLEEVES:  [SIMILAR]  / NUDE PATENT HEELS: KENNETH COLE  [SIMILAR]  / POM POM BASKET BAG: GIFT FROM MEXICO  [SIMILAR]  / DIAMOND ETERNITY NECKLACE:  [SIMILAR]  / HOOP EARRINGS:  & OTHER STORIES  / LIP COLOR:  BOBBI BROWN ITALIAN ROSE

JUMPSUIT: LOVE FIRE / MESH TOP WITH BELL SLEEVES: [SIMILAR] / NUDE PATENT HEELS: KENNETH COLE [SIMILAR] / POM POM BASKET BAG: GIFT FROM MEXICO [SIMILAR] / DIAMOND ETERNITY NECKLACE: [SIMILAR] / HOOP EARRINGS: & OTHER STORIES / LIP COLOR: BOBBI BROWN ITALIAN ROSE

As soon as I found out about my pregnancy, I knew it was time to re-assess my summer wardrobe. I went over to my local TJ Maxx and found a few things that I knew would transition with my growing belly this summer, and be nursing friendly and comfortable next summer. I passed a rack of black, and immediately this shiny crinkle culotte jumpsuit had to be mine. I grabbed size large in hopes that it would be loose, and the minute I pulled it on I knew it was coming home with me. It has the perfect Studio 54 vibe that I've been hunting for in a jazzy jumpsuit.

The top is a wrap style (perfect for nursing a baby) with adjustable spaghetti straps that allowed me to tighten it as needed. The middle has a stretchy seam which I can pull over my belly and allow the draping to fall gently over it. I could have worn this jumpsuit alone, but it needed a tank underneath and it looked a bit casual. In order to dress it up, I found a black mesh crop top with bell sleeves that added a feminine veil over the shoulders, without adding any bulk. The crop top was a great purchase too because it can be layered over a bunch of other dresses I already own.

Culottes are a tricky style to wear. If they are too short, it can widen a fuller middle and accentuate it, but when they graze the lower part of the shin, it mimics a midi skirt that elegantly displays the ankles. I opted for a simple nude stiletto heel to create a barely-there silhouette that wouldn't compete with the volume of the jumpsuit. 

After a friend returned from Mexico with a gorgeous straw pom pom bag for me, I have been dying to use it. The bright colors are an instant mood-boost, and I love the lightweight straw that is practically screaming for a trip to San Tropez. With any all-black summer ensemble, a pop of color is a must to keep it light and bright.

I looked for a few other options online, in case you're looking for some of these items. Would you wear this? I think it's my new go-to for the season.

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.