When the sweltering heat of summer sets in, just trying to figure out an ensemble can be a sweat-inducing task—the old stand by of jeans and a tee is out the window (because who wants to pull on a pair of pants when it’s 90 degrees?), and depending on what your day holds (riding a bike, for example), that easy, breezy sun dress may not be an option either. Enter the romper.
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The unsung hero of summer wardrobes really has a lot going for it. Just like throwing on your favorite dress, it’s a one-step outfit that only requires the bare minimum of accessories to lend that polished, finish look. Unlike your favorite dress, rompers are perfect for nearly any activity, since there’s no fear of the wind causing a wardrobe malfunction. And, as rompers and jumpsuits have grown in popularity over the past few years, they’ve become available in an expansive array of styles. There’s a perfect one out there for everyone, whether you’re looking for a casual beach cover-up or something to wear to a fancy occasion.
1. Two By Vince Camuto Off-The-Shoulder Drawstring-Waist Romper
This weekend-ready version works from the beach to the boardwalk, and has a loose-fitting style with an airy feel and a drawstring waist so you can customize the fit. Long sleeves lend a little coverage for those who don’t like to bare their arms, but the off-the-shoulder style still lets you take advantage of an occasional summer breeze.
To buy: $129; vincecamuto.com.
2. Topshop Broderie Anglaise Jumpsuit
Hate wearing short shorts? This wide-leg, cropped style is for you. The sunshine shade of yellow is eye-catching (and amazingly flattering on any skin tone). Scalloped edges and embroidered detailing make it feel like a special piece. Pair with nude-toned sandals and a sun hat for an instant outfit.
To buy: $75; topshop.com.
3. Ted Baker Daycee Giupure Lace Romper
The word “romper” may conjure up images of beach cover-ups and other casual styles, but this version is a testament to the trend’s versatility—give your go-to little black dress the evening off and swap in this intricate, lacy style instead (paired with metallic accessories and statement earrings) for your next cocktail night.
To buy: $339; tedbaker.com.
4. Gap Linen Stripe Tie-Belt Romper
Consider it the ultimate summer combo—chic blue and white striped linen done up in a loosely fitted romper with a matching belt (to create a flatteringly cinched waist). We love the elongating effect the subtle vertical stripes have, and that the shorts aren’t too, well, short.
To buy: $45; gap.com.
5. Draper James Cutout Floral Print Cotton Pique Playsuit
It's hard not to love Reese Witherspoon's style, which perfectly combines classic femininity with a little Southern charm. Channel her look in a piece she designed for her clothing line Draper James. The floral print and clean lines feel dressy enough for brunch or a baby shower, but the comfortable cotton-pique construction will help you keep your cool, even on the hottest of days.
To buy: $270; net-a-porter.com.
6. Zara Floral Print Jumpsuit
Not sure how you feel about rompers? Take this jumpsuit out for a test drive. The culotte-cut bottoms suggest the familiar silhouette of a dress, while the dark floral print is easy to pull off. Slip it on with white sneakers for running weekend errands, or switch to sandals and a clutch for drinks with the girls.
To buy: $50; zara.com.