In the March issue of Giant magazine, a feature on rompers & jumpers by Madison Mobley titled Romper Room (which is likely a reference above the heads — and years — of the average Giant reader). But if you do remember Romper Room, you may also remember the one-piece dressing fad of retro rompers.
From Romper Room: One is the loveliest number:
Fashionistas have adopted jumpers and rompers as this season’s go-to getup. To pinpoint the modern-day onesie’s origin, look no further than the birth of overalls in the 18th century. The rest, as they say, is history. In the ’70s glamour icons such as Bianca Jagger demonstrated in white Grecian splendor that a woman’s figure won’t drown in parachute pants and poet sleeves if you just cinch the waist with a subtle, matching sash. This year, however, brings a bit more spice to the romper’s unassuming beginnings. From the runway to the red carpet, designers such as Proenza Schouler, Giorgio Armani, Roksanda Ilincic and Bruno Pieters have given style mavens attainable examples of the jumper’s versatility. Hollywood has taken note. Attending a black-tie affair and don’t want to wear a gown? Mimic actress Malin Akerman’s glittered, form-fitting suit with a plunging neckline and flared bottoms. If you dare, follow UK singer Estelle’s lead and match a vibrant print with simple accessories. Regardless of what inspires you, shake your rompers, ladies, and bring the heat this spring.
Along with Bianca Jagger, the article shows Pam Grier and Farrah Fawcett in retro one-piece rompers.
As a general rule, rompers are for the more flapper-esque among us — not just for the more active fashion style (pants vs. skirts), but jumpsuits often work best on the slim, straight and narrow.
Those of us with booming bods like Pam Grier, can’t help but end up looking like we are in an exploitation film. Not that that’s always a bad thing. *wink*
Love this authentic 1970’s black jumpsuit and jacket set with feather trim!