The onesie has caught on in the gay community, but will it last?
In the words of the immortal Miranda Priestly to her fashion backward assistant Andy, “This... stuff'? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you.”
Get ready boys, there is a new fashion statement that is sweeping the country and it may be the conversation piece of the summer. That is if the trend lasts that long.
It’s called the RompHim. Yes, you read that correctly, Romphim, a style of clothing that’s been recently adopted by (gay) men and takes a garment traditionally aimed at women and markets it toward men.
But, It’s only a matter of feeling comfortable and confident in wearing it since the design is pretty much the same as it ever was. The makers have just changed the “pronoun,” in a bit of Kickstarter ingenuity.
This trend has recently taken over social media. Men sporting the colorful onsies have posted countless pictures of themselves either in group photos, or selfies on the fringe of looking slightly ridiculous.
But as your fashion-choice cognitive dissonance pulls you in either direction, it’s comforting to know that you can sacrifice taste, but still have fun and get stares throughout the summer.
Just exactly where or when did this trend start?
From what we are able to find out, a Kickstarter campaign was launched earlier this month by a company known as RompHim.
“We spent countless hours designing the RompHim to be your favorite summer outfit," they say on the stie. "Concerts? Beach days? Rooftops? Pool parties? Leisurely strolls? Bar patios? This super garment is designed to take them all on in style, keeping you cool as the days and nights heat up.”
To give you a gauge on how popular these things will be this summer, keep in mind the crowd funding pitch only asked for $10,000 to begin manufacturing. The campaign has now raised over $329,000.
Even "Real Housewives" impresario Andy Cohen has adopted the trend posting a selfie clad in a conservative navy blue number.
A few questions that have come up about the garment outside taste is, well, bathroom use. Number one, quick visits to the urinal may be no problem; Number two, how far are you willing to disrobe if the trip includes a seated position?
Going even further, the confidence to wear the romper out anywhere other than a theme party is lost on me. I can’t imagine the attention I’d get going to Target in one of these things or standing in line to watch the latest sequel to “Alien.”
But then, I'm still loving my cami cargo shorts and V-neck tees from American Eagle's 2014 catalog.
As far as summer goes, the RompHims do seem practical especially if you’re upper-torso shy and don’t mind a farmer’s tan on that particular day.
Whether you decide to provide your CVV number and shell out the $90 for a new summer outfit, just remember Miranda's famous clapback after Andy protests her remarks on having no personal style: "No, no, that wasn't a question."
If you decide to join the RompHim club, be at Uptown Tavern on Friday, May 26 to show off your new summer look.