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          Rompers: this season's divisive trend

          CWRU Runway

          Emily Mikhail

          Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Focus
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          Rompers, due to their small sizes and thin material, must be worn carefully, but with proper additional articles of clothing, many women can pull them off as part of a fashionable spring style.
          Rompers, due to their small sizes and thin material, must be worn carefully, but with proper additional articles of clothing, many women can pull them off as part of a fashionable spring style.
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          At some point in time, rompers became popular. I am going to assume it was around the time harem pants and leggings as suitable bottoms became accepted trends. Needless to say, I am not a huge fan of this look, but I am still open to the idea. The main reason I am not convinced is because this style really only looks good on girls as tiny as Kate Moss; however, I have still managed to see this look work when done right. Stick with these rules and I'll make sure you don't end up looking like a hot mess.

          First, and most importantly, get a romper that fits. Please, for the love of fashion, do not buy a romper that doubles as lingerie and wear it to class. Ladies, I think you know what I am talking about; stick with a flowy look that covers all your assets. I like American Apparel's Mélange Jersey romper because you can roll the shorts up as high as you want. It's a very simple and clean look for a day at the beach or an afternoon at the park. Dress it up by adding a cool braided belt or a pair of colorful tights and a floral cardigan.

          If you want something a little more girly and dressy, try out a really flowy design that almost resembles a dress. Target's Pure Energy lilac sleeveless romper is flowy and patterned so it gives the illusion that it is skirted. The material is light - perfect for the warm weather and versatile enough to wear anywhere. Pair this look with some strappy sandals and a feathered headband for a really fun, summery ensemble.

          Not all rompers are alike, and each one is cut differently. The most flattering looks cinch at the waist, not the hip. Since most styles are loose-fitting, a band placed too low can make you look top-heavy and larger than you really are. Forever 21's Wave Vision romper is really flattering because it's fitted at the top and flowy at the bottom, with a bow accent at the waist that really pops. The wavy horizontal stripes trick the eye, creating a slimming effect. Add some gold bangles or a draped necklace to add some flare for the perfect date look.
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