How To Romp(er) When You’re Over 40

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You may think rompers are off limits for you if you are over the age of 40 (even the name sounds juvenile), but they don’t have to be. First you have to have an honest conversation with yourself. It goes like this: “Self, are my legs looking better than most 30 year-olds? Or do I have veins, thighs that are touching and legs I’d rather hide?” If the answer is the latter, you may want to skip this trend or stick with jumpsuits. If your legs are banging, you can wear a romper, but there are some tricks to the trend.

Remember the model wearing the romper in the picture is much taller than most human women, so keep in mind the length might actually work on you, but study the picture hard and be sure the shorts are long enough. Obviously you are going to want to try (it on) before you buy.

Tips for Buying a Romper and How to Wear a Romper

1. Buy it a size larger. I do this anyway because I have a long torso, but a size larger will make it longer and more comfortable.

2. Look for inseams of at least 3″.  The longer the shorts, the better.

3. If it has cuffs, you can unroll them adding inches to the shorts.

4. Don’t be too cutesy, a negligee style will look ridiculous.

5. Consider a culotte style if you feel your legs are not show-worthy.

6. Wear a flat shoe (like a sandal) because heels will shrink the length of the shorts.

7. Check yourself from all angles, including behind. A full-length mirror is your friend here.

If you have any doubts or don’t feel 100% confident wearing a romper, skip this trend. I have an Old Navy romper I bought a few seasons ago and have been wearing it to death, but I made sure to buy it in a size large instead of my usual medium so it’s long enough.

Shop Rompers for Women Over 40

Here are some rompers for consideration:

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You may also like to read How To Style The Bermuda Jean Shorts Trend When You’re Over 40 and How To Style The Boho Chic Trend When You’re Over 40.

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Comments (9)

  • Barbara 10 months ago Reply

    God bless the romper and the women who wear them! Great fashion tips.

    Lauren Dimet Waters 10 months ago Reply

    Thanks! Glad you liked them!

  • Judy Freedman 10 months ago Reply

    I’m over 60 and just bought my first jumpsuit. It’s a knit fabric and looked cute on. Taking on my vacation so hope it looks okay.

    Lauren Dimet Waters 10 months ago Reply

    I bet it will look fantastic! And you will come back from your vacation wanting more. Trust me. It’s a slippery slope…of love.

    Lauren Dimet Waters 10 months ago Reply

    You will love it! Bet it looks fab!

  • Margaret 10 months ago Reply

    This was a fun post. I purchased a romper last year to wear on a cruise and I loved it! It was so comfortable!

    Lauren Dimet Waters 10 months ago Reply

    Right? It’s a movement! I’m on board with it!

  • Girlunky 8 months ago Reply

    I just received the olive color JCrew romper you pictured. It runs large, so no need to size up. It is a fun and modest look, even better than I hoped. The top is very roomy and fairly long waisted as well. I wear a 4 or 6 in a dress, and this fit loosely in a 4.

    Lauren Dimet Waters 8 months ago Reply

    Yeah! Glad you like it! Thanks for the fit information.

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