We probably haven't thought about dELiAs since about the 5th grade when we were still wearing butterfly clips in our hair and henna chokers around our necks. But a few weeks ago, when we stopped a cute looking streetwalker, the brand was brought back to our attention - to our surprise, her outfit was from dELiAs. This got us thinking, maybe we could find something equally cute from this surprising source? And to our incredulity, it wasn't even that hard! Case in point: this Safari style romper. We're big fans of the romper for summer, and this one in particular is really doing something for us. Can you imagine anything more comfortable for summer than a short, loose, one-piece made entirely from linen? We can't. Besides from looking extra comfy, we have already thought of about a hundred ways to accessorize this baby. We could totally picture it at the beach with a headscarf and flip-flops, or around the city in gladiators with a skinny brown belt cinching the waist. Plus at $34.50, we know this one's all fun. --HAYLEY PHELAN
Musings on the Man Romper
If not one of my favorite looks of the New York Spring 2011 Men’s collections, Yigal Azrouël’s one-piece, short-sleeved “jumpsuits,” with their lower halves cut well above the knees, remained a standout, if for no other reason than it reminded me of a romper. Which, in fact, it is. The idea of a romper for men should not be so outlandish. They were, after all, created with boys in mind. The style, if we can call it that, goes back to Victorian times, when the garment was designed as playwear (ideal because of the mobility it allowed within the dressing/undressing ease of a one piece) for boys, and boys only—though eventually the practicality was extended to little ladies as well. In the '50s, the romper became stylish for not-so-little-ladies, and during the last half-decade has experienced a resurgence, found on runways from Vena Cava to BCBG, thanks in no small part to American Apparel, who more than anyone have made the sexy, playful romper ubiquitous. While the romper for men (I’m officially dubbing it a “stomper”) may not offer the same pin-up appeal, it looks rather appealing. If not exactly dashing, it’s a fun subversion of the workwear theme, which will be hard to escape next spring—and on the right guy it could look almost cool.