Rompers: this season's divisive trend
Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Focus
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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.