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Gendered clothing is so passé.

As hunter-gatherers, men and women wore the same clothing. Even into the advancement of horseback riding, all genders wore the same clothing in order to move quickly, defend themselves and ride efficiently. It wasn’t until the Greeks that Europeans began dressing differently, as women were no longer deemed necessary to hunt as a pack. When women lost their right to hunt, they lost their right to pants and other forms of autonomy.

Fast forward to the modern age in North America. Less than a century ago, women began regularly wearing pants during World War II as factory workers. Even then, it wasn’t until the Nixon-era that First Ladies and women politicians began wearing them. Now, many women and feminine-folks cannot imagine life without jeans or leggings.

What once seemed strange for some eventually became the norm. So why is everyone making a big deal about the RompHim?

It wasn’t so long ago that one-pieces were worn by all genders. The jumpsuit was borne of the military-industrial complex, an easy-to-wear garment for soldiers and the romper was for, well, children and babies. The origins have mostly been erase by pop culture. A wardrobe staple in the ’70s as a leisure suit or jumpsuit for men and a playsuit or catsuit for women, these one-piece outfits were en vogue for all. Once again, the fashion world is creating space for all genders to embrace an easy-to-wear piece of clothing — with universal difficulty of bathroom use for everyone. 

Jokes aside, these babes of all genders and sizes show just how fashionable a romper can be.

Take a look for a bit of summer fashion inspiration and check your boring gender roles at the door.

1. Plain Black and Casual

San Francisco’s Steven Quintanilla rocks a super stylish yet casual romper that fits in perfectly with his gorgeous monochromatic home. Even his dog matches the scheme!

2. Wide-legged Jumpsuit

A wide-legged, elegant play on the traditional jumpsuit-as-uniform. Beautiful! Check out all of the other amazing style inspiration in this photograph, too.

3. Denim Onesie

Stylist, producer and blogger Kat Eves shows off a versatile denim one-piece great for any body type.

4. ‘Murica

Notoriously Dapper‘s Kelvin Davis rocks a tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top patriotic look for Chubbies.

5. Van Glam

Popular instagrammer Van shows off a Black Milk Clothing romper perfectly accessorized with the most covetable hologram Jeffrey Campbell boots and a casual baseball cap.

6. Honey Bee

Check out this amazingly cute “Honey Bee” romper on beautiful model Nabila. Boldy whimsical, this look is perfect for brunch, church, and anywhere else sunny that you might want to take it.

7. Hawaiian Casual

Kaiser Nonales keeps it super casual with his hibiscus-printed romper perfect for day drinking and summer fun. He would like to remind you that he’s been killin’ this style since 2014.

8. Floral Cutie

Sarah brings a bit of California with her to Chicago in this amazingly cute romper styled perfectly with sunglasses, flats and a chunky necklace.


9. Polka Dot RompHim

Soulcycle instructor Kellen Townsend, the “Homosweatual,” boldly wears a polka dot romper and super comfy Birkenstocks because why the hell not? Be comfortable and stylish this summer.

10. Chic Florals

Another Chicago-based cutie, Alexandra Q, shows us just how great rompers look on a petite frame. Bonus points for those adorable heels!

11. Sunny Vibes

This gorgeous light striped romper is super wearable. Paired with a hat, sandals, and shades, it makes us want to reach for a cold beverage. Perfect Spring/Summer wear.

12.  Relaxed Fit

Indian plus-size blogger Ragini Rao of Curious Fancy shows off a super casual look with a denim romper.



Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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