If a guy wants to prove to you that he “knows about fashion,” he’ll likely bring up one of two garments: the muumuu or the romper. One, of course, comes from traditional Hawaiian dress and has achieved legendary Man Repeller status due to it’s delightful ability to completely hide any sense of feminine shape, and the other has humble origins as early 20th century kids’ wear. Co-opted by midcentury women who wanted the freedom to move around (shocking!) and get a sweet suntan, the romper entered the annals of women’s prêt-à-porter in the 1930s and has been weaving its way in and out of popularity since.
I, for one, am immensely glad that the romper is enjoying a renaissance of late because like the ladies of yesteryear, I enjoy the mixing of the feminine and practical, allowing me to dash around town in a flurry of errand running without having to worry about flashing the guy behind me in the grocery aisle. Real talk. Extra points if the romper in question boasts a colorful print (check), waist-slimming princess seams (check) and pairs perfectly with my very favorite Panama hat. Now if someone could just design a romper that allows me to refrain from getting completely naked every time I need to use a public bathroom, I will be one very happy lady.