Women’s rompers and jumpsuits have made a real comeback in the recent years. They’re common enough that there are now some amazing, stylish options available at reasonable prices and yet uncommon enough that they still stand out. For many women, however, rocking a jumpsuit can be intimidating. So when is it a good time to show off a brand new jumpsuit or romper?
For starters, it’s important to be clear on what we’re talking about. While women’s rompers and jumpsuits are two very different items, many women use the terms interchangeably. Both rompers and jumpsuits are, essentially, a dress/pants combo. Each is a one-piece outfit that has a top like a dress but then seamlessly becomes a pair of pants or shorts below the waist. The difference is jumpsuits are full length pants and rompers are shorts.
Okay, with that out of the way, either version can be truly eye catching. Here’s how and when we recommend using each item:
The key to pulling off a jumpsuit is to remember one key fact: you’re going to get a lot of attention. Jumpsuits stand out visually because they break up the normal silhouette of a dress, startling the eye. You may find people doing double takes when you walk past them. Women who aren’t ready for this can often feel shy or embarrassed, but all those looks are not a bad thing. If you keep your head held high and own your look, you’ll quickly find that those extra glances are often followed by compliments.
Jumpsuits can be a good choice year round, with turtleneck jumpsuits working great in winter. They make strong statement but it is also a somewhat leisurely one, which ranges from a “day at the beach” looks with soft colors and floral prints to a “night at the club” look for bolder fabrics. Jumpsuits are much harder to use in a formal environment, though pieces in classic colors like black and white can work, especially if the legs are a little less flouncy. In general, save the jumpsuits for Fridays or non-work events.
Rompers are far more versatile than jumpsuits, roughly as versatile as shorts themselves are. Anywhere you can wear shorts you can wear a romper without looking out of place. Rompers project a very different image, however. Whereas jumpsuits are often “power” clothing, with the masculine outline of pants rather than a dress, rompers tend to have a playful and girlish look to them. Wear rompers for a bike ride at the park, at a friend’s cookout, at the beach or whenever you want to strand out in a fun, casual environment.
Do you wear rompers and jumpsuits? What is your favorite piece?