Living in the lower mainland, we tend to get about 2/3 months of consistent hot weather every year. One of my biggest pet peeves has been going out to purchase summer clothes for my toddler daughter and only being able to put those clothes on her for a couple of months at most.  By the time next summer rolls around, she is another year older and those purchases made from the previous summer no longer fit her, and off I go shopping for some new summer clothes once again.

What Is A Romper?

One of the cutest type of summer clothing, especially on little girls, is the Romper.  For the fashionably challenged, a Romper is a one-piece combination of shorts and a shirt. Some are half sleeve, some long sleeve and some sleeveless. And the prints and styles are endless. Rompers have been around since the early 1900’s, however, since about 2006, they have enjoyed a minor renaissance as a fashionable garment for women and young girls. The last couple of years, the romper has been a staple in modern and trendy wardrobes.


Comfort Can Lead To Style

One day as I was getting my daughter ready for a birthday party, I started to ponder over how  the romper I had picked out for this occasion may not work as she will be uncomfortable with bare thighs and legs while going down the slides at the indoor playground. As a mama, my kids comfort is as important as the style statement their clothes make. As usual, I was changing the kids right before we were heading out the door (a lesson I learned after countless mistakes over the years when I dressed the kids in advance only to have them ruin their clothes with food and drink stains before even leaving the house), so I did not have a backup outfit planned for her. Under time constraints I quickly decided to put on leggings underneath that matched some of the color in her romper and off we went to enjoy ourselves at yet another kids birthday party.

Some of the other moms at the party mentioned how cute my daughter’s outfit was and I started to think….why don’t I do this more often and especially in the spring/fall/winter seasons? I could finally get more use out of these oherwise seasonal clothes.



So that’s what I do now.  Always. In the spring and fall I pair her rompers with leggings. If the romper is sphagetti strap style then I also layer it on top of either a t-shirt (short sleeve or full sleeve) or I may put a cardigan over it depending on how breezy the weather is. In the picture below, you will see the same romper worn 3 differnet ways – spring, summer, and fall.


In the winter, you can add boots to the cardigan and leggings and you now have used that summer romper all year long! A great way to be fashionable, stylish, and practical all at the same time!

If any mama’s out there have more suggestions on how to make the romper even more versatile and fabulous, please feel free to leave me a comment 🙂

~ Desi Chic Mama


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