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

If you think romper is the key to get an effortless summer look yet it feels to preppy, maybe it’s time to restyle your staple to make it work for you. Keep on reading for these 4 simple rules that will elevate your summer staple to adulthood.

  1. Opt for a perfect 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. Remember that sizing up or down doesn’t necessarily add more or less length to the garment. Going for stretchy fabric sometimes help, but make sure it fits your shoulders, waist, and hips. So if you’re on the tall or petite side, look for options that come in those extended sizes and avoid an unflatteringly dropped crotch. Banded rompers look more preppy in denim styles, so look for edgier or chicer counterparts like a military romper or chiffon romper that looks more grown-up. Or, add a belt to define your waist like fashion blogger Jessica Ricks did.

  1. Resort to touch-enticing fabrics and details.

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Pastel colors in cotton fabric look a bit preppy, so stick to dressy fabrics, like silk, chiffon, lace, and satin, which feel more sophisticated. Also, features like long sleeves, lace trim, and dark colors also add a more mature air. In colder seasons, resort to heavier fabrics like neoprene, leather, velvet and such that look sophisticated and modern over denim that looks preppy.

  1. Embrace sexy necklines.

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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. If you have the guts, take the plunge on your necklines that look more mature over tube styles and off-shoulder styles. A sweetheart neckline, wrap neckline, scooped neckline, and plunging V-neckline look sexier that will make your street style more grown-up.

  1. Complete your outfit with sophisticated and non-girly accessories.

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If you’re a fan of floral prints but you find it too childlike, pare back your accessories to sleek options, like strappy metallic sandals and structural jewelry. Off-shoulder styles of romper generally look preppy so add some edge to them by wearing a bandana scarf as a belt and make it a bit feminine with an embellished clutch. If your white romper looks a bit preppy, make your style sophisticated with gold jewelry and elegant black clutch. Bright colored rompers especially neon ones easily look childish, so balance your looks with a tribal necklace, and perhaps a pair of riding boots.

By heeding these styling tricks, you can make your street style grown-up and feminine while keeping it effortless with a chic romper.

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