Rompers: Just Say No

By Corie Whalen, US Daily Review Senior Editor

The trouble with a bad outfit is that no matter how awful, if it’s featured by high fashion brands, the style will trickle down into stores like Old Navy, and women of all means will start procuring it. The latest object of my scorn in this regard is the romper. Who in the world decided it would be a good idea to bring this style back into the mainstream? I’m sorry, ladies, but in my humble opinion, the whole “onesies” thing stops working when elementary school ends.

The thing that frustrates me the most about rompers is that they’re so often sold, both online and in stores, in the dress section – and dresses are my favorite item of clothing. If you want to buy a dress, buy a dress. If you’re desirous of shorts and a tank top, even dressier ones, buy them as separate pieces. (Self-evident hint: Your purchase will go further with items you can mix and match anyway).

Any time I see a grown woman in a romper, I want to ask her, “Why? Seriously … why?” My guess would be because BCBG, Guess, Juicy Couture, and other fashion purveyors sell them. It doesn’t matter. You look ridiculous. And so do these models. If even they look absurd, you certainly don’t look any better.

GUESS romper. This pattern would actually be cute if it were a dress. Instead, they ruin it. 

From BCBG. It looks even more ridiculous from behind.

Juicy Couture. Excuse me, miss but are you wearing platform heels with pajamas?

From Aqua. Again, if you weren’t already offended by the front view, this should do it.

Diane Von Furstenberg. Not only is it bright orange – it’s also a romper.

French Connection. Could this awful item of clothing possibly be less flattering to her back side? 

Repeat after me, ladies: Just because they sell it doesn’t mean you should buy it. Maybe you’re trying to look younger? Certainly, that’s an understandable goal – but how young are we talking? Under 10 and twenty-something are different ball games, and the romper belongs in the former category.

If you’re reading this, and you think rompers are an appropriate style for adult women, please provide your most convincing argument. I just can’t get over the fact that …

This looks cute ….

…. But this looks ridiculous.

I call the above romper “The Heinous Hipster”. Unsurprisingly, it’s from Urban Outfitters.

So … with the onset of rompers currently plaguing the fashion world, I have to wonder, what’s going to come back next? The jean skort?

…. Hoping I didn’t just jinx myself with that one.


Corie Whalen, a US Daily Review senior editor, is 24 years old and writes from Houston, Texas. She graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a double major in political science and history. Heavily involved in libertarian and conservative politics since college, Corie has organized several tea parties and other events protesting government overspending. Presently, she’s the Political Director for the Alliance for Self-Governance, South Central Regional Director for Young Americans for Liberty, serves as Secretary for the Republican Liberty Caucus, and consults for various candidates. Follow Corie on Twitter: @CorieWhalen.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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