Monday, May 16, 2011

Romp Around the Clock

The 1970s one-pieced suits made for work and play experienced a welcome resuscitation last year in designers’ Spring/Summer 2010 lineups, and this year is no different.

Short and breezy rompers are hitting Sun-soaked beaches and sidewalks, serving as the new go-to grabs for comfortable, casual, yet stylish cover-ups.

Depending on the ensemble’s material, the modernized ‘onesie’ can transform into a chic and sophisticated choice for an evening out. The epitome of relaxed glamor, the look has become a new favorite of designer Alber Elbaz of major fashion house Lanvin.

The casual cool version of the look remains the most relevant locally. Popular takes on the retro style have been found at stores Forever 21, Urban Outfitters (at left) and the Rusty Crickett.

Easily transformed from tomboy to ultra feminine (and vice-versa) with an added ruffle or distressed cotton material, the day-time romper is definitely the most versatile.

“I seriously love rompers,” said an MHS senior. “They’re so comfortable. I feel like I can wear them anywhere. I’m looking for one that has a bow on top right now because I love the girly ones.”

Several students pointed out, however, that the onesie look only complements the body types of a select few, which is a fault that many catwalk-to-sidewalk trends seem to have in common. Overtly slender and athletic builds remain top-runners in this category of exclusivity.

“I think rompers only work on one body type. It’s hard to pull them off and too many people try,” said a second MHS senior.

Either way, rompers definitely offer an alternative trendy look for the upcoming season.

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