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Dirty Little Secret

2010 June 7
by Jill

I have a confession: after spending a broiling (but amazingly fun) weekend in Brooklyn, I am more and more intrigued by the idea of rompers. Yes, they are essentially one-piece shorts jumpsuits that were very hot in the 80s, and yes, the terms “romper” and “playsuit” are probably best left on the playground, but hear me out! They are a fun alternative to dresses, and much easier to wear when you’re say, sitting in the park or playing with your dog or riding your bike or doing many other outdoorsy summer activities. I have yet to try one on, so until I know how ridiculous I will actually look in one, I can’ t promise I would really buy one. Here are a few cute ones:


From l-r:

ModCloth Station of the Metro romper ($90)

Arden B. linen button-front romper ($59)

Roxy Day Trip romper ($40)

Arden B. cuffed racerback romper ($59)

Topshop parrot-print playsuit ($100)

Topshop zip graphic-print playsuit ($100)

What are your feelings on rompers? Do you have one?  Would you be caught dead wearing one? I want to know!

6 Responses Post a comment
  1. Kerry permalink
    June 7, 2010

    Babies wear rompers. And it should stay that way.

  2. June 8, 2010

    my concern is camel toe.

  3. Kirstin permalink
    June 8, 2010

    obsessed! i am obsessed with rompers. (perhaps you are less than surprised…)
    i bought my first last summer (free people) and have been trying to buy more since, but have yet to find another i love.

  4. Lauren Stephenson permalink
    June 8, 2010

    I made sure to write my full name for this comment so that I can forever go on record on the Internet for saying that rompers are a Bad Idea.

    Some people can pull these off. As previously suggested, those people tend to be infants. When I see grown women adopting the sartorial trends of individuals not yet old enough to speak, I feel slightly disturbed; something seems out of place. Maybe it’s the fact that rompers are akin to those half shorts/half skirt deals (skorts?) that were popular in middle school. Wouldn’t you be disturbed to see an adult woman wearing a skort? Sure, they’re kind of cute and practical as hell, but something’s just not right when an adult wears one. And rompers tend not to fit most women well– they are inherently shapeless garments good for only displaying the legs. If you want to do that, we all know where to find an Abercrombie & Fitch and some 1-inch inseam cutoffs.

    So, if you must wear a romper and look like a 6 year old, fine– but for the love of God, don’t make it a tube-top romper. That is a whoretastic combination the heavens would surely frown upon. (Or, your mom.)

  5. Amanda permalink
    June 15, 2010

    I might never forgive you for this post. sorry the comment is delayed. I’ve been behind on my reading.

  6. Dawn permalink
    June 19, 2010

    Gross. No. Nononononononono…NO.

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