Romper Defined for the Fashion Industry & Consumers
Fashion Terms

Rompers are not just for babies.

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 toddlers.

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Historical reference to rompers: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.

Examples: Christening Rompers & Baptism Romper and Valentine's Day Onesies for Adults.

women's rompers

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