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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Romper Report


I was out at the beach in Montauk last weekend and noticed one night at a bar that a few girls were sporting rompers. These aren't yet ubiquitous around Washington, but they seem to be taking New York by storm and as the summer goes on I'm sure I'll be seeing quite a bit more of them around these parts. They seem like a fun alternative to shorts, although I must say, feedback from the gents seems decidedly unfavorable when it comes to rompers. I think perhaps they just don't understand the whole concept of a one piece shorts outfit? Admittedly it's a little confusing, and of course, not all rompers are created equal. Most are not flattering, and the wrong fabric/cut can really shorten the body. Here's a quick rundown on the rompers/jumpers/playsuits that are popping up on the market these days.

Printed
By far my favorite type of romper- it keeps the look casual, sort of like a beach cover up. Which, I think, is really what a romper should be. 

I love the colorful print and the loose but flattering fit of this. Beyonce in Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent
Same idea here with Rhianna.Not trying to make this more than what it is- a casual kick around item.
An adorable, and wallet friendly, alternative. Bold Rose Romper, Forever 21, $14.50

More from Forever 21. May have to check these out! Ikat Knit Romper, Forever 21, $19.90

Dressy
It gets a little dangerous when you start trying to make a romper into evening wear. Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails miserably. Often, a drapey silk type of romper will do NOTHING to flatter even the most enviable figure.

Best to keep it tailored, like Nicole Richey

Another safe option. Halston Heritage, $147
Halston Heritage Button Front Romper
I just don't think this works for Fergie.

Breezy
I love the cool cotton fabric of these rompers; they look nice to wear on a hot day. 

The Sartorialist

Needs a belt, but has potential. Rag & Bone, $195
Rag & Bone/JEAN The Jumper

romper1.jpg image by yaelatner

Tragically Hip
I've accepted the fact I could never pull off a look this hip, but I appreciate it nonetheless. People who can do this should just go for it.  



The Satorialist


Zimmerman, $190
Zimmermann Moody Palm Jumpsuit Cover Up

DKNY, $147
DKNY Medium Peony Print Jumpsuit

Just....No

Ok, Katie Perry gets a pass here because her clothes often border on the theatrical, but you can see where I'm going here...


I think Zac's been hanging out at the circus a bit too much. Z Spoke by Zac Posen


It's a sad fact of life, but I think you should avoid pleated rompers unless you are extremely thin. I like the color of this romper and the look this woman is going for, but the bottom half just does nothing to flatter her.
The Satorialist


Did she just stumble out of an old west saloon wearing someone's long johns? T By Alexander Wang, $85
T by Alexander Wang Striped Baggy Oversized Romper

What do you think of rompers? Would you wear one or are you leaving it to the young hip things?

9 comments:

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Oh my gosh...I had a few rompers in my childhood and early teens. Looking at them just brings back an awkward feeling. I don't care if they become the hottest item to have this summer, I can't even consider wearing one.

Looking back at the pictures is actually making me laugh a little bit. I'm remembering what a process it was to use the restroom while wearing one. Hee hee!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

Cute little rompers

Andrea said...

I have to agree with you. While rompers are uber cute, they are hard to pull off. I am slender as it is, but everytime I try one on, they just dont flatter my figure. As much as I want one, I think I will pass.

406 Olivia said...

I unapologetically heart rompers.
I recently bought a vintage one with hopes of refashioning it. And re: Katy Perry, when I shop with my 10-year-old daughter and look at rompers, she always mentions KP, as in, "Eww, Mom, no. It looks like something Katy Perry would wear."

Kinzie Sue said...

I was just telling my hubs about rompers, after we saw everyone wearing them at a golf tournament. Some people can pull them off, but the majority can't. I stick to putting rompers on my 10 month old...

Meredith said...

I think they can be cute when executed well. We saw a few girls out in Charleston wearing them last weekend, though, and my husband did NOT approve :)

Kristin said...

I'm 31 and a romper convert. Love that one Nicole's rockin'!

Alicia said...

Either the circus or the local paint store...that was my first thought on the ZAc look.
My Goddaughter said the Wiggles....

Mish said...

http://www.modcloth.com/Modcloth/Womens/Bottoms/Rompers/-The-Onesie-for-You-Romper

They're so cute! I must say a romper is a must-have for girls who would sacrifice form-fittedness for a cute, stylish look

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