Romper suit

A woman wearing a romper.
Baby's romper suit, c.1950s. Museum of Childhood (Edinburgh).

A romper suit, or just romper, is a one-piece combination of shorts and a shirt worn both by children and adult women.


Baby wearing a romper suit

Rompers appeared in the United States of America in the early 1900s.[1] They were popular as playwear for younger children because people thought they were ideal for movement.[2] Rompers were in many ways the first modern casual clothes for children. They were light and loose fitting, a major change from the much more restrictive clothing children wore during the 19th Century Victorian era.[3] Styles and conventions varied from country to country. In France they were, for many years, only for boys.[4] While primarily a play garment, we note French children wearing dressy rompers. Their popularity peaked in the 1950s when they were used by children as playwear and by women as leisure- and beachwear. Thereafter the garment has continued to be used by infants and toddlers; however, it has become less common among older girls and women, although never disappearing entirely.

Adult fashion

While rompers had been popular in among women in the 1950s, they re-emerged in the 1970s as a fashion for adult women. In the 1970s rompers were usually a casual garment made of terrycloth, and often in a tube top style. They were common in the 1980s in a wider variety of materials. Since 2006, rompers have enjoyed a minor renaissance as a fashionable garment for women. Several designers have presented collections including romper suits and they are offered by many retailers. Designers include Deborah Sweeney[5] and Juliette Hogan[6]

In the 2010s the "sleep romper" for women gained popularity, being similar in style to the teddy, but with the appearance of shorts.

See also


  1. "IN THE SHOPS. - View Article -". New York Times. 1904-05-20. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  2. Play Togs for Little Folks The Gazette Times
  3. "boy rompers barboteuse speelpakje spielanzug Spielhöschen". Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  4. "French Rompers". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  5. Archived June 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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