I like to believe that I have an open-minded approach to style and fashion. It takes all kinds – an adage that seems fitting both for people and the clothes they wear. But as much as I’d like to tout the virtues of my sartorial acceptance, every once in awhile a style trend comes along the provokes my irrational prejudice. I become peevish and cranky, prone to vitriolic rants about pointy-toed shoes or the needless resurrection of Hammer-pants.
I was so angry when rompers came back in fashion a few years ago. “What are we? FIVE?” I’d snark everytime I saw magazine pics of grown women in one-piece suits. Sure I used to wear rompers all the time…but that was back in the seventies when I was super-wee kid!
But the truth is, my resistance was borne of fear. I loved rompers when I was super wee kid. They were easy, comfortable and cute. Those are qualities I still look for in the clothing I purchase today. And I began to consider, that maybe I didn’t hate rompers, so much as I was intimidated by the challenge of wearing one without looking like an overgrown kindergartener.
Sometimes the only way to conquer a fear, is to face it head on. Last summer, I was shopping for some summer duds, when a super-cute romper caught my eye and I thought, what the heck? Might as well give it a whirl. I was shocked to discover that I loved the look of that simple one-piece shorts suit.It was comfy, cute and when I paired it with some funky accessories, it felt anything but juvenile.
Romper – Jessica Simpson
Sandals – Nine West – similar
And just like that I became a zealous romper convert. They’ve been a lifesaver these past couple of weeks when the temperature in Ottawa has risen sharply from just below the freezing mark to a sweltering 29 degrees Celcius. (That’s 85 for those of you that think in Farenheit).
Romper – Old Navy
Jacket – Old Navy – similar
Hat – gift
Sandals – Rieker
Romper – Gap – similar
Scarf – Thrifted
Shoes – Chinese Laundry – similar
What about you? Is there a style trend that you initially rejected and then embraced? I’m currently nursing a grudge against peplums. If any of you are betting people, put money on me wearing a Judy Jetson style frock by Fall 2014.
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Already Pretty contributor Nadine Thornhill is a sex educator and blogger at Adorkable Undies. She is also a burlesque performer, poet and playwright, living in Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s national capital. Her writing tends toward subjects such as clitorises, feminism, vibrators, body image, gender politics and non-monogamy. She is a passionately committed Scrabble player and lifelong klutz, having sustained 16 concussions to date