These five simple tips elevate the summer staple to adulthood.

By Rebecca Daly
July 18, 2016
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Loft embroidered linen romper
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.
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Loft embroidered linen romper
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Find Your Fit

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.

Leith cold shoulder romper
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Look for Luxe Fabrics and Details

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.

Aritzia Maximillian jumpsuit
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Go Long

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.

Adelyn Rae Wrap Cut Out Back Romper
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Or Go Incognito

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.

J.Jill Rose Gold Strappy Sandals
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When In Doubt, Pair With Chic Accessories

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.