A romper, also known as a onesie, is a one-piece garment worn by
children. However, the romper style is not only for infants and
Somewhat similar to a coverall, it is loose fitting and usually
has shorter legs that may be gathered at the end. Puffed pants are
particularly associated with rompers.
Rompers usually are meant as a combination of shorts and a shirt,
though the term can include jumpers, one-piece bathing suits, overalls,
and clubwear fashions to name a few.
Since 2006 rompers have enjoyed a minor renaissance as a fashionable
garment for women. Several designers have presented collections
including romper suits and they are offered by many retailers.
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Historical reference to rompers:
Rompers appeared in the United States of America in the early 1900s.
They were very popular as playwear for younger children because people
thought they were ideal for movement. Rompers were in many ways
the first modern casual clothes for children. They were light and loose
fitting, a major change from the much more restrictive clothing children
wore during the 19th Century Victorian era. Styles and conventions
varied from country to country. In France they were, for many years,
only for boys. While primarily a play garment, we note French
children wearing dressy rompers. Their popularity peaked in the 1950s
when they were used by children as playwear and by women as leisure- and
beachwear. Thereafter the garment has continued to be used by infants
and toddlers; however, it has become less common among older girls and
women, although never disappearing entirely.