Summertime is the season for sun, sand, and ice cream. When the temperature climbs to near 90-degree levels with the humidity at record high suffocating, big city dwellers like me often face the conundrum of wanting to take advantage of the nicer weather but absolutely detest walking the streets in the heat. Your best bet to at least tolerate the hot air when you’re out having fun in the concrete jungle is to wear looser and cooler clothing. Among the popular ongoing style trends of the summer is the romper.
The best way to describe the romper is it’s a hybrid outfit of a dress and shorts put together to create this unique look. The romper comes in many different styles, colors, and patterns. It’s also a look that can be worn as casual day wear or glammed up for a night of cocktails on a rooftop bar. Rompers are quite the versatile outfit when you have the right shoes and accessories to pair them with.
I’ve seen plenty of women in the city wear a romper and look really cute in them. I personally find the patterned and printed rompers to be the most striking kind of outfit a lady can wear. It gives off a fun and playful vibe whenever I see a woman wear one in the crowd. As cute and pretty rompers are, it’s a style trend I’ve passed on since they started hitting the clothing racks about a year ago.
Most of my go-to summer outfits have always consisted of dresses, skirts, tank tops, sleeveless, light short-sleeve tops, and jeans. You may think I’m crazy to wear jeans when the heat can be unbearable and sticky, but this is why I switch to dresses and skirts for those days I know I’ll be outside more than indoors. I’ve never been much of a shorts wearing kind of gal, unless I go to the beach or an amusement park, and rompers certainly don’t appeal to me as a must-have in my personal wardrobe. Another slight issue I have with rompers is how it makes me feel more like a little girl wearing them than the grown woman I am now.
Back in junior high, I had this outfit that would be considered a romper of sorts but a little longer than the ones I’ve seen on women today. It was pink and had butterfly patterns all over it. I remember it being one of my favorite things to wear. Seeing old photos of me wearing the one and only romper I had at the time (oh ’90s style, how strange of a fashion time you sometimes can be), I reacted like any grown adult my age would react now––I winced.
I associated rompers as being too childish and maybe not so flattering on me. I guess I’m a little mortified by my fashion choices back then and tend to steer clear of outfits that make me question why I thought they looked good on me at the time. I also look young for my age despite being older than I seem. The last thing I need is to play up the young, kid persona even more in the way I dress. I prefer to be taken seriously in my day-to-day interactions with people than dismissed as an immature girl with no experience of the world yet, which unfortunately has happened to me before in the past. This is exactly why a romper isn’t a trend I’ll ever embrace for as long as the style sticks around.
Is the romper a style you love or is it a trend you’d rather see die out?
Special thanks goes to Marina of Anime B&B for sending me a tweet on Twitter about a month or two ago that inspired a long overdue Fashionista Musings post for my blog. Much appreciated!