We love a cute dress as much as the next girl. But in the thick of warm-weather months, when riding bikes and playing in parks feels practically mandatory, a dress just doesn’t always make as much sense. Enter rompers. These one-piece wonders (also known as jumpsuits, playsuits, and jumpers) are easy-breezy for summertime and, when done right, super chic to boot. So how to sport this look without being mistaken for a toddler? Read on for our tips to ensure you look stylish, not silly, then click through the gallery for 12 of our favorite versions.
A looser silhouette is key: Avoid the skintight styles at all
costs—you want a shape that has some movement but still maintains a bit
of structure. That can mean a blousy top or billowy long sleeves with a
slimmer bottom, or a crossover neckline paired with a defined
Wear a belt: A waist-cincher (either built in
or as an add-on) will define and flatter your figure, which keeps the
look from being too childish.
Pick a shoe that can hold its own: That
means no flip-flips. These styles can veer casual, so making the effort
with accessories is crucial. Pick footwear that offers a dash of
substance, whether it’s a strappy metallic gladiator sandal, a tasteful,
classic ballet flat, or towering heels. (The latter is our pick, but
you do you!)
When in doubt, play it safe with black:
Unsurprisingly, the most sophisticated of hues classes up this style
while delivering a sexy edge. A little black romper is our idea of
summer-night perfection when teamed with ankle-strap sandals, gold
jewelry, and a bronzy eye.
Own it: Enough said.