In Defense of The RompHim (Sort Of)
By Sola Onitiri
By now, your Facebook is probably ablaze in the aftermanth of the biggest debate since the great blue or gold dress incident of 2015. Male rompers or the RompHim made so much of a virtual impression that despite the state of our current politics, CNN took the time out of the busy 24 hour news cycle to take a deep dive into this issue. But let me go on record as saying that I'm actually pro-RompHim and I'm going to convince all of you anti-RompHim people (also known as haters) why you should be too.
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Here's the thing folks, men have been wearing jumpsuits AND rompers for decades now. And not just, posh British men of the 60s and cool New Yorkers of the 70 and 80s. Jumpsuits, like most fashionable articles of clothing, were worn by burly mechanics, race car drivers, and pilots for utility in the early part of the 20th century. In the 1960s, when shorts were no longer seen as an article of clothing only to be worn by children or as undergarments, the jumpsuit got a crop and became the romper.
It goes without saying that the jumpsuit and romper made a big splash in high fashion and pop culture. It was a go-to for some of the most iconic musicians like David Bowie. Hell, quarterback Cam Newton just wore one to Coachella before this whole hoopla started.
The RompHim is simply recreating a wheel that's been rolling since Sean Connery wore a baby blue terry cloth one as James Bond in Goldfinger. And the kicker is, it's always been a good look. Rompers can lengthen the torso of a man, making him look slimmer, leaner, and (honestly) sexier. Not to mention it makes the tush look good too. Maybe the slimming, booty sculpting ability of a romper is why every guy modeling in one looks like a complete and total douche bag.
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Wouldn't it just be easier if we just admitted that the romper is yet another article of gender neutral clothing? Wouldn't it just be easier if we let men wear clothing without having to market it as A romper comfortable enough for your balls and your ego? I mean come on guys - RompHim... seriously? Overlooking that there are a plethora of better Romper related puns to use, I would be even more enthusiastic about the RompHim if it's target market wasn't That Guy who would've packed a pair to Instagram "hanging out" with bathing suit-clad models at Fyre Festival. And the memes convinced that the RompHim will change romantic dynamics with straight couples. NGL they're all pretty hilarious - but they still operate on the notion that there is something inherently feminine (and therefore laughable) about, what history has shown us is and should be, a gender neutral (good) look.
Rompers on men is sexy. Feeling the need to be overtly masculine in a romper is not. Also maybe the whole crew shouldn't roll up to the club in RompHims but that goes for any article of clothing.
What do you guys think about RompHims? Leave me some comments and lets get to talking.