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I’ve been something of a romper skeptic since the trendy onesie first (re-)entered the zeitgeist in 2011. At the time, I’d caught a lot of flack (from one friend’s grandmother in particular) for adorning my long legs with shorts of any kind; summer rompers threatened to strengthen shorts’ stranglehold over the seasonal trend-sphere—a thing I felt all but excluded from.
As time has gone on—and as I’ve grown older—I’ve realized a minor dose of criticism is no reason to forgo something as delightful as a summer romper. (I mean really, rompers are basically dresses rendered in an even more comfortable form—plus, they’re all-in-one outfits that require zero mental energy to style. What’s not to love?!) And even if I hadn’t had this sartorial epiphany, this summer’s romper selection would certainly be pushing me in that direction. The array of rompers on offer right now is so vast, so varied and so damn cute that no amount of grandmother shade could possibly convince me to refrain from romp-ing around all season long.
Whether you’re romper-reluctant or romper-obsessed, I’d encourage you to peruse this summer’s offerings—mostly because, well, they’re too damn good to pass up. If even I, a romper convert, can find something (or, let’s be real, a ton of things) to add to my wishlist, you surely can. And even if you’re not down to hop aboard the short-onesie train just yet, there’s nothing wrong with a little window-shopping, right?
Nothing says summer like gingham.
A romper, crafted with the fan of (vibrant! AF!) trench coats in mind.
Summer animal prints are absolutely on the sartorial menu.
Your favorite windbreaker, in romper form.
Ruching, done as delicately as possible.
The kind of thing you pray to dig out of thrift shop bins.
All the chic appeal of a matching set—all the convenience of a romper.
A boilersuit, rendered in romper form.
Sleek, sophisticated and absolutely sexy.
Fit for your summer party rotation.
Retro-inspired—but veritably contemporary-trendy.
A romper that doubles as a dress—now that’s versatility.
An entirely underrated print—in an entirely underrated summer shade.
Eyelet lace, rendered for the fan of all-black-everything.
A print fit for the ’70s, rendered in a silhouette fit for 2019.
All the fun of a mini dress. All the comfort of a romper.
A blank canvas for all your favorite layered jewelry.
A floral that acts like a tropical print. And that silhouette’s pretty damn snazzy, too.
Ruffles, cutouts and a straight-up belt—what doesn’t this romper have?
Delightfully vintage—but brand spankin’ new.
Florals that act like polka dots? Yes, please.
A romper that isn’t dangerously short.
Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles.
A romper inspired by your office rotation.
Because of course tie-dye rompers are on offer.
Summer’s puff sleeve obsession isn’t waning any time soon.
Gingham, done in a pretty unexpected way.
A romper, sure to take you from day to night in a heartbeat.
Versatile enough to wear well into fall. (And maybe even winter, too.)
Part robe, part romper—all fun.
Everything about this romper—from the tie-front top, to the ruffle sleeves, to the bold AF rose print—is delightful.
Not your average summer overalls.
Denim jumpsuits are a staple in any summer wardrobe—so why shouldn’t denim rompers be, too?
It was only a matter of time before bike shorts made their way to the romper-sphere.
All kinds of pastel jacquards have crept into the zeitgeist this summer, and I’m here for all of them.
Actual overalls, because those are always on the summer sartorial menu.
A no-fail silhouette in a no-fail color.
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A romper designed with the fan of skorts in mind.
Because plaid isn’t a strictly autumnal affair.
Does anything feel as quintessentially summer as eyelet lace?
A romper that could from brunch to the bar—and back.
A little ’90s, a little ’00s and just enough 2019 to keep things relevant.
A solid investment piece (and it’s not even that much of an investment).
An out-of-the-box take on the classic summer polka dot.
A basic worth adding to your closet—ASAP.
A romper that makes the most of 2019’s ruched detail obsession.
A neckline sure to flatter anyone who slips into it.
Summer romper, but make it athleisure.
Who knew a cardigan-dress-romper collab could look so covetable?
Because summer florals are just a touch more groundbreaking than spring ones.
Your dad’s go-to tourist shirt—rendered in romper form.
So pretty we can hardly tear our eyes away.
Cute, cozy and perfect for beachy days—really, could you ask for anything more?
Am I the only one who’s really into these bike short-inspired rompers? Just found my new summer uniform.
When aren’t off-the-shoulder necklines the move for summer?
Cute and just unexpected enough to turn heads.
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A version of this story was originally published in April 2019. Updated July 2019.