5 Rules for Wearing a Romper (Like a Grown-Up)

These five simple tips elevate the summer staple to adulthood.


Find Your Fit

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While you can normally get away with wearing one size off in most clothing items, rompers are an entirely different story. Sizing up or down doesn’t necessarily add more (or less) length to the garment. So if you’re on the tall or petite side, look for options that come in those extended sizes—and avoid an inescapable wedgie or unflatteringly dropped crotch.

To buy: Loft petite embroidered linen romper, $79.50; loft.com. Banana Republic limited-edition long-sleeve print romper (available in tall sizes), $158; bananarepublic.com.


Look for Luxe Fabrics and Details

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Ditch the kiddie look by sticking with dressy fabrics, like silk and satin, that are definitely more sophisticated. Features like long sleeves, lace trim, and dark colors also add a more mature air. Bonus: Mixing the laidback silhouette with these fancier design elements means you can easily take a romper from day to night.

To buy: Leith cold-shoulder romper, $64; nordstrom.com.


Go Long

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No one said itty-bitty short-shorts are the only option. Why not combine two of summer’s best trends into one, and opt for a romper with a cropped-pant leg? It’s a win-win, one-step ensemble that’s sure to become one of your favorites.

To buy: Aritzia Maximillian jumpsuit, $185; artizia.com.


Or Go Incognito

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If pulling off the one-piece look feels too advanced, try on a style that feels a little familiar. A faux-wrap front gives the illusion of a tried-and-true mini dress (with the extra—uh—security of shorts underneath).

To buy: Adelyn Rae faux wrap romper, $78; asos.com.


When In Doubt, Pair With Chic Accessories

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In doubt about whether a floral print looks too childlike, or if an off-the-shoulder style is too much? Pare back your accessories to sleek options, like strappy metallic sandals and structural jewelry, to keep your look polished.

To buy: J. Jill metallic strappy sandals, $99; jjill.com.