Rompers are turning heads in the fashion world of men
Rompers are the next latest fashion trend, exploding the internet, like a wildfire and the catch being that it’s designed for men. Also known as the RompHim, it has been created and designed by four Chicago-based business school friends who have successfully raised enough money to fund their Kickstarter project. The look was introduced in May 15 as a Kickstarter project by the startup Aced Designs, with a goal of achieving $10,000 in 30 days. Surprisingly, the company has raised almost $150,000 in less than two days and has crossed upto $218,787 now.
“We were sitting around over drinks one evening and got to talking about the men’s clothing options out there,” reads the origin story on the company’s Kickstarter page. “Everything was either too corporate … too fratty … too “runway” … or too basic. Something was missing.” Thus, the RompHim was born; the product will officially begin shipping in July, priced at $119 a pop. “I personally love a romper for women, and we were looking for something different that didn’t already exist for guys. Daniel here was a little tired of wearing the same button down and pants so we got to talking about why we couldn’t build a better product and make a romper available for men that’s cool and fun and different and is a conversation starter at the end of the day,” one of the founders Elaine told GQ.
For men worried about what male rompers include, and what it does not, it has: a front shirt pocket, adjustable waist tabs, zippered back pocket, zipper fly, and deep front pockets. A RompHim is unique, fashionable, cool and comfortable. This would probably just be the start of a fashion revolution. The one-piece clothing item preferred by babies and women will now be seen as the male fashion mainstream. It can be worn at Pool parties, concerts, fashion events or when on a leisurely stroll. Romper’s are a super-garment surely designed to take them all on in style, keeping you cool as the days and nights get hotter. The (male) rompers are so cool and unique that it brings its own social pressures, a gender condescending clothing apparel which carries public scrutiny; especially in the eyes of those conforming to the traditional or generally accepted rules of society and religion.
Hilarious commentary on Twitter and unfortunately ahistorical headlines have been cropping up all over the internet, from “Someone Invented A Male Romper Because Of Course They Did” to “The Male Romper Is The Next Big Fashion Trend.” The design, according to the campaign, is guaranteed to “turn heads and break hearts” all while keeping fragile masculinity intact. Before the word RompHim, they were called jumpsuits. The jumpsuit for men has become indivisible from the flying suit, as worn by Tom Cruise and co. in Top Gun, which gives the romper at least a taste of masculinity. Some critics have noted that Sean Connery wore one in a ’60s Bond film, and Cam Newton wore one to Coachella.
To truly pull off wearing the male rompers, one needs to do two opposing things: encourage men to really enjoy and indulge the performance of fashion and get rid of the social inhibitions fearing judgement. The Romper may look like a casual outfit designed for summer craziness. It is also a fashionable challenge of being self confident and changing perceptions of masculinity.