Rompers Totally F-In’ Rock.

I get it: rompers are silly, infantilizing, hip-expanding, etc, and not particularly well-loved over here at The Gloss, it seems…but you know what else they are? Amazing.

Yeah, that’s right…I said it. I’m sorry, but how crazy adorable does Audrina look over there on your left? I’ll answer for you: so very. And you will look adorable, too, once you go ahead and accept that the romper is here to stay, whether you like it or not.

Once we’ve moved past its inevitability both this season and in years – decades, I contend! – to come, it’s time to figure out how to find the right romper for you. First, let’s talk pattern. My very first post-infancy romper, purchased at a vintage store two years ago, was bright pink plaid. It is also, to my credit, presently sitting at the back of my closet. This summer, look for teensy florals, nautical details, and maybe even a little animal print for the more ferocious among you.

Now: fit. It seems to me that the major fear with rompers is the baring of the underbutt. I say there’s not a whole lot wrong with that – it’s summer! – but if that’s your worry, just go a little longer; there are plenty of mid-thigh styles around (just please wear heels if you take this route). Also, I think that pocketless is the way to go, because for some reason designers haven’t figured out that the addition of pockets to garments of this shape is a poor idea, but you can always just cut ‘em out if need be.

Finally, let’s just go ahead and address the peeing-whilst-romper-wearing issue. Look: if you’re wearing something so snug that it can’t be maneuvered off to the side for a moment, you need to step it up a size. Rompers should be a touch nipped at the waist, but relaxed everywhere else: the point is comfort.

And adorableness.

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    • Jamie Peck

      I agree with everything but the “pee through your romper” part. That, my friend, is a recipe for disaster.

      • Jordan Reid

        It’s a talent, I’ll admit.

    • mukumushi

      Rompers are super cute. Um, but while my romper may be lose, but my undies are not! NOT HAPPENING. I rather just pull it all the way down. I have a one piece bathingsuit. It’s nothing new.

    • Morgan

      I love rompers! They look so cute on me because I have such a little waist and really long legs. :)

    • Crumb

      I don’t find rompers or pigtails infantilizing at all – they would have to be worn in a very little girl way to be so. Anyone who claims that just strikes me as narrow-minded. (Not the author – I mean the type of people who are so critical that you are addressing this to). I just don’t get these rigid rules people adhere to, like only little girls are allowed to gather their hair in two elastics, and adult women MUST stick to one elastic. Screw that – if it looks good, wear it. I feel sorry for people who are so adamantly against any playful looks for grown women – there’s just no reason it should offend someone so much, seems a bit of a sad thing to get so riled up about. I also think a lot of people mustn’t watch older movies and TV much to know rompers etc were an adult female style that has made a return, like so many other things in recent years – maxidresses, big sunglasses. Just because your only reference point for rompers was babies doesn’t mean this looks is babyish. It’s so far from it, the colours and fit of the one Audrina is wearing is very tasteful and feminine.
      The only styles I think are overtly little-girlish are things in sugary colours and very precious, cute styles (like big pink bows)… things that are designed to complement the sweet, innocent look of a little girl. So pigtails worn high with big bows are little girlish, but low, glam pigtails really aren’t. Rompers in a soft floral fabric are womanly, but a bright pink polka dot one would be little girly.

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