We’re still reeling over the news of Donna Karan’s retirement. After all, Karan helped define the concept of American style as we know it today. Case in point: her iconic black bodysuits, which became an essential for every chic woman in the 1980s, have recently been embraced by a host of social media-savvy It girls—and they’ve given the staple a whole new spin. Follow their lead (and Karan’s too) and opt for a neutral color instead of the floral, velvet, and lingerie-inspired renderings made famous by other brands in the ’80s and ’90s. Pair with classic denim or a simple mini skirt and understated accessories for a cool-girl look. (Feeling a little too basic for you? We’re down with striped bodysuits too.)
Bodysuits For The Win
With Denim Cut-Offs
Pair a black strappy bodysuit with a pair of worn-in denim cut-offs and accessorize with the daintiest of pendants for an easy 2.5-step outfit that looks just as effortlessly cool for city cocktails as it would lounging on the beach.
With A Textured Skirt
For a less basic look, opt for a bodysuit with a subtle pattern and pick a bottom with texture — think: suede or dark-wash denim — for a sophisticated, streamlined silhouette.
With White Jeans
Or try pairing a black tank bodysuit with a pair of white jeans for contrast. A pair of neutral heels finishes off the look with a sophisticated vibe, without being distracting.