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No more camel toe! Let’s make rompers for all women

Fashion trends cycle in and out of popularity faster than Lorelai and Rory talk on Gilmore Girls and the beautiful romper is no exception. Rompers made their debut in the early 1900’s, with a spike in the 1920s as well as the 1970s as both a jumpsuit and rompers. Despite the obvious difficulty of undressing to use the bathroom while wearing a romper, they are one of the chicest, comfortable articles of clothing I have ever come across. If you’re Kendall Jenner, you can find a romper in any style, fabric, color, and length. Now, if you’re like me and about 60% of the rest of the woman population, you will never find a romper that will fit you. Ever.

I am not here to skinny shame, quite the opposite actually. I think Kendall Jenner is #goddess and she is wicked talented, despite what Rebecca Romijn says. The fact of the matter is though, the fashion world is made for bodies that look like Kendall Jenner and the problem with that is her body only represents a very small percentage of women.

On a recent shopping adventure, I was determined to find a romper that was not only cute, but also looked great and made me feel fabulous. I was at a point that I was willing to spend more money than I normally would on an article of clothing. I am a recent college grad so this was a big deal. Depending on the store, my size ranges from 10-14, a range that has been deemed the “average” size (though I don’t believe any size should be considered average). I went to my usual stores, Target, H&M, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Kohl’s and needless to say I left each store bagless (minus some cute bra purchases). Here are some issues I ran into.

Camel toe

Ladies, there is nothing attractive about having a camel toe. Trust me. All of the rompers I tried on, except for one, gave me horrid camel toe. It is really uncomfortable and I wouldn’t be caught dead in public with that kind of exposure. I’m all about body confidence but this one is pretty hard to negotiate.

Super short shorts

Some rompers that I saw on the hanger looked pretty long, which lured me to try them on. However, as soon as I put them on, it was evident that they were a mere 2.5 inch inseam. For someone who has even a wee bit of fat on their thighs, this is pretty uncomfortable.

Tiny bottom, giant top

I have, what many would call, a pear shaped body. I have child birthing hips and barely visible boobs. This made finding a romper incredibly difficult. If a romper fit on the bottom, my chest would be swimming in a top that was made for a D cup. It made me look like I was wearing a shopping bag.

As you can see, I was pretty disappointed with the results of my shopping trip. Society is already pretty harsh on women’s fashion, but the vulnerability is heightened during the summer months. From magazines telling us to get “bikini ready” to mile long legs all over billboards, it really puts a damper on our moods. I love my body the way it is. It has gone through so much in my short 23 years and continues to amaze me every day. My mamma passed on her large hips and my boobs aren’t getting any bigger any time soon. I don’t want to have to change myself just to own an article of clothing. But my hope is that fashion starts to evolve with women’s changing bodies. Rompers are just one small example of the flaws in the fashion industry, but it is an article of clothing I very much want to wear. It’s time to make rompers for everyone so women everywhere can feel comfortable, fabulous, and #flawless!

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