Male romper. RompHim. Bro romper (bromper?). Public onesie. Jumpsuit, variety: short. Or, perhaps, just a romper that happens to be worn by a man.
Whatever you call it, the one-piece clothing item preferred by babies and women at outdoor concerts has officially hit the male fashion mainstream.
Blame it on RompHim
The sartorial whisper became a scream this week when a project called “RompHim” launched on Kickstarter. RompHim is, quite obviously, a man-sized romper offered in several pastel colors and prints.
The campaign presents the RompHim as a mildly obnoxious, devil-may-care garment for young men with an abundance of money and/or self confidence, who never skip leg day and spend the summer weekends at their bro’s house on the Cape. Which is not to judge! That is definitely an aesthetic.
In fact, it is an aesthetic that men – and the people that love to look at them – are clearly longing for. In two days, the Kickstarter has raised more than $136,000, which is 13 times the $10,000 goal they were shooting for.
On social media, you may have noticed an explosion of romper-related jokes and assumed the stream of alarming political news had driven people into some sort of dissociative fugue state. Maybe! But it was also people discovering that a) male rompers existed, and b) they are cool now.
This opened the door to some serious conversations: Would you date a guy who wore a romper? How does it serve as a commentary on modern masculinity? Shouldn’t men, and all people, feel free to wear whatever they want? Why do we gender clothing? Is it hard to pee in?
Before rompers, they were just jumpsuits
The male romper has enjoyed a rich history, sometimes paralleled by the emergence of other trends like pajama onesies. RompHim themselves posted a picture of Sean Connery as James Bond in 1964’s “Goldfinger,” rocking a thigh-lightful blue terry one piece.