I try to write about most fashion trends and where to shop for those trends (usually for less), but I’ve got to tell you that the romper is one trend I was unable to get behind the past couple of years, for many reasons. The main reason is that most rompers that were on the market were oddly cut and resulted in a design that was high waisted and placed an odd emphasis on one’s crotch area. Add to that the difficulty of using a public restroom while in a romper and these things just weren’t for me.
That said, rompers don’t seem to be going out of style but the ones that I’m seeing this year are, dare I say, CUTE? (You’re probably rolling your eyes if you already thought rompers were cute. I don’t blame you.)
Many of the romper styles I’m seeing have retooled the proportions a bit so quite a few rompers look more like dresses (or culottes with an attached top). If they don’t look like dresses, then the length of the short piece has been lengthened a bit, which is taking some of the emphasis off the crotch area. Some rompers are even fancy enough that they can be worn to formal gatherings! (Though I’m still not sure how I feel about the wedding romper that J.Crew is selling.)
Should I decide to purchase a romper this summer, these are the styles that would be tops on my list:
Rompers that Look Like Dresses
Black and White Rompers
ABS by Allen Schwartz Eyelet Top Romper (plus size) – $228 at Nordstrom // Black and White Wrap Lace Playsuit – $44 at Dorothy Perkins // Whit Palm Romper – $448 at Madewell // Romeo & Juliet Couture Colorblock Jumpsuit – $74.99 at Saks Off 5th
Holiday Poppy Silk Playsuit – $178 at French Connection // Skort Playsuit in Animal Print – $47.64 at ASOS // Celeste Silk Jersey Wrap Romper – $385 at Diane von Furstenberg // Retro Polka Dot Romper – $22.80 at Forever21 // Polka Dot Portofino Romper – $55.93 at Express
Kardashian Kollection Lace Black Romper – $52.99 at Sears // Gabriella Rocha Tyran Romper – $50.99 at Zappos.com // Mina Jumpsuit – $89.40 at BCBGMAXAZRIA // Love Lace Playsuit with Plunge Neck– $72.41 at ASOS // Worlds Away Lace Romper – $62 at Threadsence
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