I usually don’t chime in on fashion trends and such, but I’ve decided to speak up on an emerging trend soon to grace every brunch, club, and summer cookout. The Romphim! By now, I’m sure most you have scrolled through your Twitter feeds and Instagram timelines and have seen talk about the male version of a romper. If you aren’t quite familiar with what I’m talking about, it is just what it sounds like.
Now initially, I wasn’t that big of a fan of the idea. I like many, saw the impending trend as an awful faux pas. As a set up that would have people walking around this summer in terrible fashion statements like Hammer/parachute pants, double popped polo shirts, or velour tracksuits. (No offense to anyone.) So again, I wasn’t really feeling this 2017 look. Initially.
Having come across some more images of what is considered a Romphim or men’s romper, I’m starting to warm up to the idea. There are some versions of the concept that I’ve seen that actually look like something I could work with. Some that don’t look like I would have found them in my mother’s closet or located them in a costume store.
However, I still have a few questions. For starters, how do you make sure you purchase a Romphim that fits your body type? I mean some folks are heavy up top and light on the bottom and vice versa. Does that mean rompers have to be altered specifically for those folks? Another question I have, is how are men supposed to use the public bathroom in rompers? Do you have to go into a stall and practically undress just to pee? Lastly, aren’t rompers too hot for the summer? That’s a lot of material.
Finally on a side note, I’d like to point out one thing. Romper’s for men isn’t as new as most people think. As a matter of fact, Sean Connery wore one in the famed James Bond movie Goldfinger. That film came out in 1964. I thought I’d mention that for the folks that are quick to condemn this trend as “girly”. If speaking about masculinity, James Bond is a pretty masculine figure.
So should you be rushing to get a Romphim? I can’t answer that. But I can say it’s not too foolish of a trend.