How to Wear a Romper and Still Feel Like a Grown-Up

When it comes to utilitarian summer staples, nothing compares to the romper. The perfect marriage of fashion and function, nothing’s easier than pulling on a one-piece, adding a few accessories, and slipping on a favorite pair of shoes before jetting out the door. But, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that sometimes this easy breezy piece completely confounds us. Is it closer to shorts? A dress? Can I wear it to work? So we’re tackling this clothing conundrum and showing you how to wear a rompter for the office and the weekend.

+ Naturally, we asked one of our ModEmployees, Jordyn, a Merchandising Assistant in our Pittsburgh office, to model. Check out the looks below, and let us know in the comments which closet staple continues to confuse you.

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Wear to work: If you work in a more casual setting, a skirt-like romper can easily be dressed up for your 9-to-5. A polka-dot cardigan plays off the black and white print of this breezy piece and keeps you covered, just in case the AC gets out of hand. Bold red accessories, like a laptop-ready handbag, act as a focal point and help to break up this pattern-heavy look.

In this outfit: Welcome to Wander Romper, Charter School Cardigan in Dots, Sun Up and Running Bag, No Place Like London Bracelet, Proud and Clear Loafer.

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Wear for weekend: Rompers bring “weekend casual” to a whole ‘nother level. For a day spent browsing the farmer’s market or hunting for antiques, this floral one-piece couldn’t be more perfect. We added sturdy boots (because you never know what the weekend will bring), and a contrasting headband to keep fly-aways at bay. An eye-catching necklace is lightweight and adds enough “oomph” to the look, nixing the need for piled-on accessories.

In this outfit: Back by Poppy Demand Romper, Barley Wine and Dine Bootie, Rays Your Spirits Necklace, Through the Wire Headband in Daisies.

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About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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