May 13, 2010

romper room

Summer is upon us here in the South. There is no denying this - between the crazy thunder storms complete with tornado warnings/watches/ZOMGs (that ones for you my dear, Aura ox) and the muggy after effects its time to sweat and be miserable. Well, at least most of the time. I've always loved Summer. It will never take the place of Spring or Fall in my heart but Summer was always a great time. It meant no school (until I entered college), trips to the beach and longer days and warm nights to hang out under the stars. Yes, I know all great things, indeed. Summer also often means time to show more skin. This isn't something I've been excited about in the past few years but this post isn't about my own personal body issues, instead I wanted to talk about the latest fashion craze...

The Romper.
via google • huge puffy hearts for SMG and Blake oxox

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this trend at all. I think these are absolutely adorable and they remind me of outfits my mother used to wear when I was younger. My mom was super stylish and always on the cutting edge of fashion, hair and nails, it was her job to be that hip but I think she also had a passion for it. And I'd never knock Blake or Sarah Michelle (are you kidding, I have a girl crush to the max on SMG). But I just know in my heart of hearts this outfit is NOT for me.

I'm sure I wore these as a child, thanks to my trendy mother. And I'm sure much like the overalls that I wore, this get up drove me nuts. Overalls were the shizz when I was in middle school. I don't know who made them so popular, maybe it was Debbie Gibson, or NKOTB, maybe it was Kid n' Play (I know for a fact Kid n' Play made the one strap connected and the other loose a hip thing - and yes, I rocked it). Seriously, I'm pretty sure every time I wore overalls to school and thought "Girl you look cute!", I later used my new found freedom of cussing when away from my parents and put it to good use. Here's why...

First off there is absolutely NO classy way to go to the bathroom in a romper, jump suit or overalls. You literally have to undress, completely in the romper's case, in a bathroom stall, and hold the top part up as you hover over the can and try not to sprinkle on your gear, your body, your shoes or the seat - no thanks. Secondly, trying to get to this point of pee satisfaction would be a bitch if you really had to go, and it would be extremely annoying and hard. Imagine doing the pee pee dance (or worse the doo doo shuffle, don't stop get it, get it) while trying to get to the bathroom... then you're stuck trying to unbotton your top, or untie it or god forbid there is a zipper in the back, all before blowing your perspective load! YIKES!

Yes, I'm talking about #1 and #2 again - this is what you guys love, so don't even try to front like you don't. (One bit tid bit - I would NEVER wear these when I had my monthly 'pal', I can't even begin to IMAGINE trying to change a tampon all while doing the above listed... fuggetaboutit).

I had the same issue with all the fly gear they were passing off as hot fashion when I was in my early 20's and going out dancing every night. You remember the denim jump suits. Yeah, sure J-Lo looked tight in hers, but again - can you imagine being three sheets to the wind and trying to get out of that gear and hold it up, all the while swaying to the music or to avoid pissing on yourself? Girl, I used to out for 25 cent draft night at a country bar on Wednesdays, those were the days. Do you really think after a tray of 25 cent drafts I'd be in any shape to attempt this? No way, no thanks.

So I'm sure you're asking yourself... "Seriously Kelly? Do you gauge your clothing and fashion style on the bathroom all the time?" Quite frankly, yes. I do. Especially if it's gear I'm wearing out for a night on the town with friends.  Well that and it has to look good on me. You won't catch me trying to rock a half top because I hate my stomach, you also won't catch me trying to wear crazy high heels I can't walk in. If they don't pass the walk test I don't care HOW amazing they look, if I can't walk in them they are of no use to me. Besides, if I can't walk to the bathroom I can't RUN to the bathroom, duh!

So what do you ladies think - for practical reasons are Rompers a DO or a DON'T?  

I'm going with a huge DON'T for me. Like I said - they are SO cute, and how easy is that - one thing and you're dressed. No pants to match with a shirt or vice versa, but still it's one piece. I just don't see them being an option for me unless I can go somewhere and not have to pee for many hours, or I'm having a house party and I could care less about the issue because my potty is clean. 

Maybe I'm just traumatized, have you ever had your overall buckle/loop fall into a toilet full of pee? And had to wear said overalls for the rest of the day? No? Well then you can't understand my pain. 

Thank God piss is sterile.  

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35 comments:

SurferWife said...

Totally OT but did you know I was actually on a few episodes of Romper Room as a kid?

Remember that show? Anyone, Anyone? Yeah, we have it taped on beta.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

ZOMG YES! I almost commented about that - my friend's brother got to be on the show once. That lady always freaked me out, when she got out her magic mirror I'd hide behind the couch and PRAY she didn't see me. When ever she said my name I freaked out.

Tara said...

i think some people can totally pull the romper look off. i personally dont know if i can. i also agree with you that the trouble it would give me when i have to go to the bathroom may be enough to overrule the cuteness of any romper.

bananas. said...

DO!!!

i love rompers and while the bathroom ordeal is wack no matter what, the way you look and feel makes up for it.

DO DO DO!!!

Meghan said...

I totally wore these growing up too - granted, my thighs were much thinner when I was 5 years old...

I am torn on this one. I do love the look, but I HATE having to take off everything to go to the bathroom. Kinda felt that way with the overalls trend, too!

McGriddle Pants said...

I'm going for a DONT. At least for me.

They'd look like shit on me, and totally unflattering.

And I drink waaay to much to not dump some part of this ensemble into the toilet.

Cheers! :)

woman:confused said...

I'm going to go with DON'T... unless, of course, there is a snap crotch which would make the whole potty thing awesome.

I also judge clothing by how easy it is for me to strip for sex. I mean, I don't think it would be overly sexy if I'm doing the awkward-can't-get-out-of-my-onesie wiggle ya know?

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Mayra - you said do do ;) hehe

woman: confused - I didn't even think about sexy time - SUPER true!

smile steady said...

LOL. I loved this post. My friends and I were just discussing the romper issue a few days ago. My vote is a big fat DON'T. They, however, said do. I think womna:confused might be on to something with the snap crotch idea, though. That would solve both the bathroom and sexy time issues!

Jules said...

I had one as a kid. It was made of terrycloth. I loved it. Yeah, do it. Then I can make fun of you.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I've noticed all the cute beach cover up rompers that sound like what you had as a kid - For the beach/pool totally works, mostly because you take it off to lay out/swim.

I love that you're always looking after my *cough* your best interests Jules! ;)

Scientific Housewife said...

I have legs like Blake Lively (long, not ridiculously amazing looking) but I don't think I could pull it off. I'm not completely comfortable in shorts and this would only make it worse.

Vic said...

You are so right about the unavoidable bathroom malfunctions that happen in rompers and the like. It never made any sense to me that YOUNG kids are most likely to be in them... they're the ones who can hold it the least!

Breanne at Bella Vita said...

I think they're adorable on SOME PEOPLE but I've never tried one on myself so I don't know yet if I'd be one of those people . . .eek!

Just found your blog today. Adorable!

Cathy said...

I'm going with a big Don't for me too. I hate shorts to begin with, my thighs are way too muscular(yeah, lets go with muscular) to look good in shorts or a romper. Plus the whole bathroom thing just sounds horrible.

M.J. said...

You think it's hard to pee in a romper, try peeing in a silver spandex full body suit through the inseam zipper. By the end of the night I was actually quite skilled at peeing standing up.

I think rompers are cute, and I've been seriously considering one...I'll have to try one on, but I think I could work it. :)

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

M.J. - You are my hero to pull off that bathroom skill!

Jennifer said...

omg, kelly. You are hilarious! I really never thought about the whole bathroom issue, only because every time I see someone wearing one they always look so cute and comfortable...and lately all I've been about is the comfort! So I personally say they are an adorable DO.

hotpants™ said...

I want to try one on first and then decide. They look so cute on everyone else, but I doubt I could do it.

meredith said...

seriously, here in houston it is already so freaking hot. my car showed it was 100 degrees the other day!

okay, about the romper. i have to admit, when i first started seeing them coming out i didn't like them. in fact i hated them. i'm short, and i thought they would make me look even shorter. and squatty like an oompa loompa.

then the other day i was out shopping and i found this really cute denim romper that had a tie stringed that cinched in the waist. i tried it on and LOVED it. it's super cute with wedges and actually lengthens me out more than i thought it would.

going to the bathroom - ehh, not too big of an issue, but the whole thing has to come down! haha

foxy said...

Well, I really think they're cute, so much so that I've considered getting one... but I'm not sure I could pull the look off. And the bathroom thing is definitely on the 'con' side of the equation too. They are so cute though! It might be worth it.

And yes, I've had a stray piece fall into a peed-in toilet and that shit SUCKS. Nothing like smelling pee on yourself for the rest of the day. UGH.

jules said...

I totally would not wear these based solely on the fact that it would be a pain to go to the bathroom in them. They look great however. My friend wore one for Halloween this year. (She was dressed as Janet from Three's Company.) We had to make some alterations and I literally had to sew her into it. She def did the pull the crotch to the side move to pee at the bar bathroom later that night! It was a success though!

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

I wore these when I was little. I think there cute for certain events. Not sure if I would be going to dinner in one.

Robyn said...

I love rompers. I sell rompers. However, I rarely to never wear rompers. I am crazy long waisted, and I am prone to romper wedgie. It is a sad affliction for which there is no medication. Oh well.

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

ahhhh, bathroom talk! my favorite :)
Yeah, I'm with you: this is a don't. For all the above mentioned reasons and because I carry a 1 year old and he has a habit of trying to strip me in the middle of the mall...is already hard for me to go peeing, no need for the extra stress.

iZombie said...

whaaaaaaaaaattttttttttt?

Aunt Juicebox said...

I have to say they are a definite don't. I mean, why bother with all the trouble, when there are so many cute 2 piece outfits in the world? But I guess there's some truth in the idea that there are only so many styles in the world and eventually they have to make a come back, just like bell bottoms. lol

MrsDixon said...

Not being able to go potty is enough reason for me to not wear the romper. I tried once...and almost peed myself trying to get the dang thing off in time!

miss lucille said...

you know they are pretty adorable. i don't know if i could pull it off though! try it once. you never know until you try!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I feel totally guilty for writing this post now - this weekend my boyfriend's, brother's girlfriend came over and she had on the cutest romper on earth! Seriously she rocked it. I'm sure if I was going out for lunch or shopping I might be able to pull this off but it would totally be off limits for a night out on the town.

Bottom line she is tiny, adorable and on top of fashion and rocked that romper like no ones business! I was a big jealous - thank God she's a sweetheart! :)

Anna Patricia said...

I love my romper, it's bright yellow and it makes my day :)

Holli said...

Kelly, Oh my god. You are freakin' hilarious! I used to rock some overalls back in the day...I mean totally rock some GAP overalls. Awesome. I cannot wait to catch up on your blog. This is great...from one Southern girl (NC) to another :)

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Welcome Holli - I fell in love with your blog and all the fashion photos. I'm a Transplanted Southern Girl but I guess after 5 years of living here I can still claim Yankee if I want to ;)

Meredith if anyone can rock a romper it's you!! With your long lean legs! ox

At least I'm skinny said...

My personal motto towards rompers is "rompers=ew"

I just can't get into them. And they would totally not work for my body shape either..

Anastasia said...

I have totally had my one strap fall into the water. sigh.

A couple of years ago at my job, not one but two managers rocked the one strap hook and one hanging. I was like, really? really!?

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