That’s A Romp

Mary Straton was kind enough to guest for me today about a topic that I admit I am a little intimidated by! But after this post… I juuuust might give it a go! 😉

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Thank you Laurel for letting me contribute again today! I love being a little worker bee in The Hive!

So I have this feeling that a romper or jumpsuit intimidates people.

Unless you hate shopping (who ARE you people who hate shopping anyway) and haven’t hit up a boutique or department store lately, you’ve seen rompers and jumpsuits galore. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea, and I get that, but I think it’s easy to hide behind “I just can’t pull that off.” How will you ever know if you can if you don’t try it on? I’m typically a pretty bad influence on people who try to talk themselves out of buying something, but it’s all for a good cause! Who doesn’t like to feel stylish? My line of thinking is, act like you know what you’re doing and people will think you do. That goes for both jumpsuits and red lipstick. (PS – don’t let your husband talk you out of it because he doesn’t like it. When his name is Alexander McQueen or Karl Lagerfeld, then we can talk.)

Let’s get one thing straight: I am no fashion maven, but I love clothes. I typically spend my shopping time teetering on the line of am-i-trying-too-hard-to-look-cool and hey-now-i-still-have-a-job-and-need-to-look-remotely-professional. You’ll have to ask my friends where on that spectrum I fall. Oh, and I’m in my mid-thirties and still have baby weight to get rid of (31 months later, but who’s counting?).

One great thing about the new romper trend is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to try one! In fact, if you’re more comfortable trying a trend in a less-expensive item, go right ahead! Just make sure it’s well-fitting or it will look cheap. My mom always used to say about a bargain item, “sometimes things look better once you get it out of the store.” She was right!

So fear not, ladies. Here’s a romper round-up for you! You can do this!

That's a Romp: Roundup of rompers that won't break the bank // by Mary Straton Smith // www.thehiveblog.com
Because I live in The South where college football dictates three months of the year, I start thinking about football game outfits. This one would be perfect with booties later in the fall or even gladiator sandals if you’re feeling adventurous. #mightyaphrodite

That's a Romp: Roundup of rompers that won't break the bank // by Mary Straton Smith // www.thehiveblog.com
This jumpsuit made me audibly gasp. Gasp, I tell you! That color is just spectacular, and you could tie the sash in the front if you’re self-conscious about your tummy. I think you could totally wear it year-round, too.

That's a Romp: Roundup of rompers that won't break the bank // by Mary Straton Smith // www.thehiveblog.com
I love the kimono look of the top of this beauty. The structured sleeves would balance out a curvy bottom if you’ve got one (hand raised). Fat bottomed girls make the rockin’ world go ‘round after all!

That's a Romp: Roundup of rompers that won't break the bank // by Mary Straton Smith // www.thehiveblog.com
A chambray romper is the denim overall’s more sophisticated older sister. Who doesn’t want to be the more sophisticated one? But this one is still caszh enough to wear to dinner at the beach. Bonus: it comes in tall and petite and would be a great fall transition piece!

That's a Romp: Roundup of rompers that won't break the bank // by Mary Straton Smith // www.thehiveblog.com
She’s a beaut, Clark! Something I have found is with patterns, you get what you pay for. A cheap patterned item can look cheap in a New York minute, so find something you really love and don’t mind the investment. Exhibit A: this gorgeous number. It’s a great brand, and the colors are just right for a fall transition…if it ever comes.

There you go! A few rompers/jumpsuits you can totally do. Just give one a try; you might actually love it (even if your fella doesn’t)!

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