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Also known as the playsuit or onesie, this all-in-one look is your gold standard for easy summer outfits. Combining the polish of a dress with the function of shorts, the piece eliminates the risk of any wind-related, Marilyn Monroe–type wardrobe incidents and allows you sit down any way you'd like (not just legs crossed demurely).
Originating in the 1930s, the silver-screen favorite has variously been cast as sportswear, beachwear, and everything in between in the decades since. These days the options for shorts-and-top-in-one are pretty much endless — so which style to choose?
We've broken down five of our favorite silhouettes, complete with styling inspiration courtesy of romper-loving celebs like Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigen, Kiernan Shipka, and more. Whichever look you go with, enjoy the comfort of your new romper — just be careful when you're headed to the public restroom!
The Tailored Playsuit
The vintage-leaning, sleeveless playsuit can teeter on the edge of looking childish, but not when you use Keirnan Shipka as your guide: Seek out clean lines in crisp fabrics that keep their shape, plus a slightly accentuated waistline to keep things grown up.
The Utility Romper
For weekends off, take a page from Vanessa Hudgens' book and go for the utility romper. In denim or khaki, this men's workwear-inspired look is the easiest of the bunch to rock — just add sneakers or sandals, and you're good to go.
The Polished, Button-Up Onesie
The shorts version of the classic shirtdress is just the thing to keep you looking polished for brunch with friends or even a day at the office. Take a cue from Taylor and slip into a pair of heeled sandals or pumps to dress up your look for the perfect work-to-drinks outfit.
The Nipped-in Waist Romper
If you fear a shapeless silhouette, go for a romper with a belt or tie at the waist. In a woven cotton or jersey, this style is a great dressed-down option; for something a little more festive, look for a silk version and add heels.
The Long-Sleeved, "Going out" Romper
Kendall Jenner is the master of this look, which balances a lot of leg with long sleeves and a high-cut neckline. Opt for fun details like ruffles, silky fabrics, or eyelet trim, and pair with simple heels or sandals (Jenner's technicolor stole is definitely optional).
Jonathan Simkhai crossbar silk romper, $387; Zimmermann Master Flute romper, $595; Wilfred Gringnard romper, $145