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May 17, 2017

Three Ways to Style a Romper

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A year or so ago, I totally hopped onto the romper/jumpsuit train and I am OBSESSED. You guys, they are truly a mom’s best friend because there is no decision-making involved! They are one piece so you don’t have to decide what top or bottom to wear or wonder if you should tuck your shirt in or realize you have to change pants again because the waistband on this pair weirdly keeps shrinking even though you hang all your pants after washing.😳

No, rompers are one piece and almost always with an elastic waistband (#score). Basically, they are socially acceptable pajamas. Plus, you can dress them up or down, wear them to the beach or out for a date, or both in one day if your life is really interesting.

To bring you on board, I’m going to show you a simple black romper (H&M, baby), done up three different ways so you can too can change your life. Because sneakily wearing pajamas as clothing is a serious life-changer. 😎IMG_9666

Look 1: Saucy Octogenarian at the Beach
Everyone in my close family hates this hat, and, you guys, I don’t care. I love that it has velcro in the back so it works over any hairstyle. I love that it if I had longer hair I could wear a ponytail out of the top of it. I love that when I’m 104 I’ll wear it to Bingo and feel totally at home. It is a hat that keeps on giving. Plus, it takes my romper from cute gal going to the beach to movie star-ish from the 1940s.

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See, what I mean?!?

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As for the scarf, are you guys into scarves? Because I feel like you should be. They elevate any outfit from everyday to WOWZA! without any effort at all, which is every mom’s dream.

romper (similar) // scarf (not the same, but so cute) // hat (similar) // gold sandals (way cuter) // sunglasses 

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So, now you’ve spent all day at the beach and it’s getting chilly and you’re headed to dinner with the gals in that restaurant where they always crank up the air con (or, even better, it’s Fall and you still want to wear your romper! So many good scenarios…). Since, you’re a mom and don’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe, how about we change up that adorable romper with a few accessories and get you ready for the cooler temps?

Look 2: Meeting the Gals
Here’s what I love about a plain romper – you can throw on a cardigan or structured jacket and you’re ready for cooler weather. In this case, I went Summer/Fall and paired it with my fave sandals that I don’t get to wear enough, but I could have gone more Fall/less Summer and gone with short booties and I think it would have worked as well.

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In other news, I wish they’d bring this Ban.do purse back because it works with everything and I loved giving it as a gift.

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In other, other news, one time I wore the middle, spiky bracelet to a wedding and my little boy (who was a baby) kept screaming throughout the ceremony and I just thought he hated love. Turns out I was poking him in the back with it every time I went to hug him so he was just hating my love. #motheroftheyear

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romper // cardigan (similar) // low heeled sandals (similar) // gold purse (out of stock😭😭😭) // bracelets (collected over the years)

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Okay, now we’re just going to throw caution to the wind and we’re going to PARTY IT UP in our romper.

Look 3: On the Town Because Moms Need Fun Too
I remember when I was in my 20s and I would be so popular/busy that I would have to plan my outfits so I could go to work and then go out in it. I’d plan a different necklace and shoes and purse to take it from day to evening. Did you guys do that too? Well, we’re doing it now because this romper can do ANYTHING.

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Now, I have big plans for all of us and our romper so you probably want to bring along your fanny pack. That way you can dance the night away and don’t have to worry about setting down your cell phone and losing all the photos you’ve taken of your kids since they were babies (not that I would know anything about that particular feeling of panic).

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You can really pair it with any heel – I like a bit chunkier because I feel like it keeps me looking proportional (otherwise, I look top heavy). Plus, it lets the world know we’re headed out for fun instead of dive bombing into our couch.

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Now I totally get that not everyone needs to constantly channel their inner eighth grader and maybe you’re not that into fanny packs. No problem. All you need is a cute clutch and you’re ready to go.

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Because I’m super into the matchy-matchy thing fashion has going on lately, I kept everything in the gold family, but this is where you can get crazy. Use that clutch you haven’t pulled out in years! Pull out your heels that haven’t seen the light of day since pre-kids! Your romper can handle it!

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romper // gold bandana necklace (similar) // gold heels (from many years ago) // fanny pack // clutch (not the same, but this one would take you through life)

What do you gals think? Did I convince you to buy a romper? If not, I can seriously come up with more of where that came from. 😂

Photos by my gal Milou and Olin.
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