The romper has been touted as this summer’s perfect alternative to the lightweight skirt or dress. Festive and fun, the romper gives the wearer a degree of carefreeness, without the fear of exposure during a windy gust or when riding a bike.
The romper was created in the 1930s in New York as sportswear before being rebranded as a stylish alternative to more restrictive pieces. In the 1940s it served as beachwear, and in the 1950s it was popularised by celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe as an elegant and bold fashion statement.
By the 1960s the romper was firmly entrenched in fashion, and during this decade rompers were laid-back and retro in design. This changed in the 1970s, when the romper once again became glamorous. The romper made a huge return to the fashion industry in 2006.
Today, many brands and fashion icons have shown their love for the romper, and it remains a versatile summer piece. Complement a romper with heels or wedges, or create a casual look by accessorising with sneakers and shades for festivals and events.