Onesie, playsuit, coveralls, bloomers are all words historically used for what we typically today call the “romper.” The idea for the romper came about as a clever way to play comfortably without ruining your “nice clothes.” Toddlers and kids could run freely without their mothers shouting, “you’ll get ice cream slop on your white dress!” or “I told you not to jump in the puddles!”
Teens and women then caught on to the benefits of rompers. Women especially used them for adventuring outdoors (def check out: Vintage PlaySuits & Rompers– 1940s History & Photos). It’s a nice combination of a flexible one piece swimsuit and the more conservative top and bottom. It’s as feminine as a dress, but much more practical.
I’m a major fan of rompers. Before the trend popped back up into fashion in the 2000s, at a small vintage store in downtown Jacksonville, I bought a 1970s bright green terrycloth, tube top romper which I still use (probably too much) today. (Off topic, to note, this old romper of mine is literally still neon, without any signs of distress even though its fifty years old, demonstrating how low the quality of clothes has fallen. If only the rompers I buy at stores today would keep their forms for longer than eight months…!)
I’ve never actually stopped and considered why I like rompers so much. Laziness first comes to mind. Well…among some other reasons. Yep, rompers create an entire cute outfit without having to coordinate any pieces together. And, I’ll admit it, bras generally are not required to pull off a romper. A major convenience the romper provides me with has to do with environment and lifestyle. I’m innately a beach bum who lives in Miami, where throughout 99% of the year, you sweat after walking a block. Rompers are fresh and breezy; they tend to display fun prints and delicate details. However, when a romper is made of one solid color like black or navy, it can be a stunning option for a more dressy occasion. The romper essentially is the pinnacle of summer/tropical wear (a perfect look for another Flamingo Friday!)
PS: Rompers aren’t just for girls! (but that’s a whole other post)
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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