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The Story of the Romper

The Story of the Romper

I am fascinated with rompers and it is by far one of my favorite trends.  Comfortable, easy to wear, classy, and really stinking cute.  What I love most is how surprisingly well they fit despite how they look on the hanger.  I can't tell you how many women hesitate to try rompers on and once they do, HOOKED!  They are great dressed up or down and feel like you are wearing pajamas!  No, we are not talking about anything like pajama pants, way cuter andI mean it!  Friends, do you need another reason?  The moment you've all been waiting for, the story of the romper!  

A romper, is a one-piece combination of pants  (or shirts) and a shirt worn both by children and women.  

This is what a romper looks like...

The romper was founded in the early 1900s and began as playwear for young children because of it's freedom of movement.  Rompers varied in materials and styles but held true as the first modern casual clothing for children (mostly babies).  They were light in fabric and loose fitting in style, which was a welcome change of restrictive clothing children wore during the 19th Century.  Styles and conventions varied from each country.  For example, in France, they were only meant for for boys and were more on the dressy side.  

 A glimpse of rompers in the 1900's

A glimpse of rompers in the 1900's

 

The romper's popularity peaked in the 1950s when they were designed not only for children, but became popular with women for leisure and beachwear. 

 A child's play clothes or romper

A child's play clothes or romper

 

In the 1970s, rompers transitioned into fashion for women, and were a made of terrycloth in a tube top design. They were also common in the 1980s in various materials, but would later fade into fashion history.

 Terry cloth with tube top rompers!

Terry cloth with tube top rompers!

 

 In 2006, rompers came back to fashion life as a highly coveted garment for women.  Several designers have presented collections including romper suits and they are offered by many retailers.  They are available in many colors, fabrics, and patterns.  

I love my C&C California romper for casual around the house, or out to run errands.  I particularly like C&C because the bottoms are pre-cuffed so you don't have to worry about hemming.

 C&C California

C&C California

 Okay, I am guilty of having this one too!  C&C California

Okay, I am guilty of having this one too!  C&C California

 

 My FAVORITE dressy romper is by Rebecca Taylor that is armed with a cold shoulder and enough edge to make you fall off of your chair.  My only suggestion is not to wear rompers during the cold winter months because the fabrics are generally lighter.  In extremely cold temps, you can feel the cold air through the material and it does not make for warm layers.

 www.rebeccataylor.com

www.rebeccataylor.com

Rompers have continued their trend in todays fashion and have held strong as staples.  Worn by fashionable women and playful children.  With its one-piece design, the romper is a stylish alternative to a blouse and full skirt.  An easy alternative for dressing up and making fashion look so easy!

 Short rompers!

Short rompers!

 Thought I'd include another Rebecca Taylor

Thought I'd include another Rebecca Taylor

It is so true that trends run full circles when it comes to style history.  When we think of the 70s, we imagine wide legged rompers and visions of the iconic 70s fashion.  Fast forward to today, we see rompers again in modern style and amazing nonetheless.  

 Farewell summer!  

Farewell summer!  

 

Let's not waste any more time starring at the hanger, go for it and you will be back for more!

The Story of "Hot Pants"

The Story of "Hot Pants"