According to Kelly Gage, assistant professor in the apparel textiles department at St. Catherine University, the jumpsuit (turned romper) was invented in the early 20th century. She explained, "It was used in the military for pilots and sky divers." At the same time, women started wearing utilitarian jumpsuits in the factories, purely out of necessity." A lot of fashions throughout history started as military attire and slowly transitioned into everyday wear.
They made their return to us in the 60's when space-inspired clothing was considered out of this world. It wasn't until Star Wars stole nerdy hearts that this design became a common form of dress among Americans. (Never thought I would thank Star Wars for anything, but I am silly happy in my one piece outfit.) Per usual, the jumpsuit was shortened and it's sister, the romper, graced fashion-enthusiasts every where.
Yesterday, I found this super adorable cream, lace romper at Target. I bought one in every color (which, thankfully, was only cream and navy). As a relatively tall girl, I like how much longer it is than most rompers. I'm planning my trip to Guatemala in a couple months, and you can bet I'm taking my two rompers south! This Spring day in Florida was so happily sweet in my new romper!
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photos snapped by Rachel Mongillo
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