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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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Rain in Style

Ok, so I want to discuss rompers today. Now, I know what you're probably thinking... that I'm going to talk about those cute one piece things that we put on babies. But nope, that's not it. Let's talk about adult rompers, shall we? And when I say adult..I mean women. Because I've seen the men's version and it's not cute. Google men's rompers, but don't say I didn't warn you. I have a few very funny friends (you know who you are) that have very strong feelings about men's rompers and I agree.  Men's rompers aren't for the faint of heart, so let's talk only about the women's version.  Women's rompers look like this..

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Now, set aside any preconceived notions that you might have about rompers. I'm here to tell you that I'm pro romper. A proud supporter. Love them. As warm weather approaches, I think I will be wearing mine a lot more. My outfit of the day group recently had a style challenge involving “summer staples” and my contribution was, yep you guessed it, a romper!

 

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There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a romper. Bathroom breaks. Yes, you need to consider the logistics of getting the romper off and on when using the bathroom. Since they are one piece, with shorts as the bottom (unlike a dress) you can't simply pull a romper up to use the bathroom. When trying them on, I always ask myself “can I get this off and on in a hurry?” Usually what I look for is a romper with a snap in the front at the chest. Anything that requires me to snap something in the back or button behind my neck, is immediately rejected. If it's difficult to get my arms out of its complicated straps, rejected. Adjustable straps are a plus! This one has a snap closure, and adjustable straps; it's very easy to get off and on.

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Rompers require you to sometimes be an escape artist in regards to using the bathroom and even have patience. If you think about it, it's funny because you know when our kids were little and they had those cute rompers, they at least had snaps at the bottom so you can easily do diaper changes. At some point, though, those easy access snaps go away, and now I won't buy rompers for my daughter, because in my head I'm like “she's not going to be able to use the bathroom in this”. She's four, and I think the notion that she has to pull off the whole kit and kaboodle would be lost on her. Why can't they bring back the snaps at the bottom?!?!? LOL. Adults like easy bathroom trips too. I mean, I wear my rompers a lot, so I am kind of used to it; when they are this cute to wear, it's worth a bit of a bathroom struggle.  

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Anyway, I digress. Rompers also require you to throw caution to the wind and briefly be in your birthday suit when using the bathroom. It makes using a public restroom with young kids very interesting. So, be prepared for no coverage.  Also, we need to discuss fit. Since a romper is a one piece outfit,  top and shorts attached, you must pay attention to how the bottom half fits. Ladies you know what I mean... no wedgies, front or back. Rompers tend to ride up a bit when you walk (at least on me they do) so walk a bit in them, make sure your booty is covered and make sure it isn't riding up in the front.

Styling rompers is fun and super easy, since you are only dealing with one item of clothing. Try a solid one with a kimono, or cardigan. I wear mine with a denim jacket a lot.  Sometimes I struggle with shoe options with rompers. Some people say that you shouldn't wear heels with them, or don't ever wear booties with them, but I disagree.  I don't think you should feel the need to limit yourself to only flats when wearing rompers. Go with what you like and what looks good with the romper you are wearing.  Is it a more casual looking romper? Then go with a sandal, wedge or a flat. Dressier? Go with a heel.  I don't like flats shoes on me - we all know this.  So I almost always choose a wedge, heel or yes, even a bootie. 

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What i'm most excited to try, is wearing them in the fall by adding tights.  I have this black one that I debated a long time about.  It might be a tad short.  But I loved the cut of it, so I kept it.  I'm so glad that I did, becuse when I paired it with tights and booties, I fell in love.  I might not even wait for fall to wear this.  It would be cute for a date with my husband. 

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I also just got this one from one of my favorite store in the mall, Francescas... black again, but this one has a bit more length and I feel a bit more comfortable wearing it without the tights. 

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So what do you think? Ready to give rompers a go?  My next item that I am hunting for is an awesome jumpsuit (the long pants version of a romper).  I have yet to find one that fits me, but once I do I will report back.  

 

As always, romp your way over to www.raininstyle.com to read more about my love affair with rompers.  

 

-xo

 

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