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What do you know about Rompers?

Updated on April 30, 2015

First of all... What is a romper?

Rompers are one-piece garments that wear like jumpsuits, but have shorts instead of pants on the bottom. Although popular now as casual wear for women, they were originally designed for little boys.

Rompers became common in the United States around the turn of the 20th century. Up until that time, at least in urban areas, children’s clothes had been on the proper side—close fitting and somewhat restrictive looks that echoed the clothes worn by adults. The emergence of rompers as kids wear allowed children to move and play easily. In some countries, rompers were worn exclusively by boys, but soon girls were wearing them, too.

When did rompers first come into fashion?

In the 1950’s, rompers made the transition from children’s clothes to women’s fashion, both as casual wear and as beachwear. After achieving wide spread popularity in that decade, rompers fell out of fashion favor, although they never completely disappeared. Rompers have enjoyed a resurgence since 2006, with several designers, including Marc Jacobs, Max Azria, and Mara Hoffman, including rompers in their collections. Popular brands such as Juicy Couture and Guess also now offer rompers.

Today’s rompers are not just casual daywear, but can also be worn as upscale attire. Available in a variety of styles and fabrics, they fit the bill for easy-to-wear yet designer clothing.

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