56 In Misc


Carol and I were hanging out last night watching the genius that is 260x200_snellgrove

 Monster Quest inspired this post for me.  It got me to thinking—is there  any fashion trend so bad that it could be called "monstrous?."  So hideous that a sighting of one of these things could call for a team of investigators?   A trend so ridiculous that it could spawn a really bad reality TV series?

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Of course there is—Rompers!!  It's not just the hideousness of these rompers, it's all of the cutesy things that go with them.  Even the word "romper" is off putting.  Who wants to wear anything called a romper?  Anyone over the age of 10 caught wearing one of these should be locked up in a maximum security nursery.  Rompers Please Go Away!   And For Good This Time!!

Carol and I are having a Monster Quest-athon tonight–can't wait!

Thanks Carol for the romper collage!

  • quelle
    August 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    HAHAHA this post definitely contributed to making my day.

  • william
    August 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t believe in bad trends, I believe in poorly designed garments. A good designer can make anything work, it’s just a matter of fit, fabric, and color choice. But yes, I would definitely agree most rompers out there are unattractive.

  • Pearl
    August 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    That sounds like such a fun show, I dont think we get it in the UK but I will be sure to look! And yes romper, the word, is so hidious I cant bear it! Have a fun night!

  • Yous
    August 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    And going to the bathroom? Wouldn’t you have to get almost naked!?

  • Josephine
    August 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I 100% agree with you on this, with 2 exceptions.
    1: Donna Martin looks hot in a few romper things in a couple old episodes of BH 90210 (like season 1 or 2)
    2. The ever-amazing Jenny Lewis! She pulls it off like no other.

  • Style Odyssey
    August 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    lol! agreed! rompers are worse than the extra-extreme drop waist diaper-style pants (note i said “extreme”, as the drop waist, when done in a subtle way, can be flattering.)
    i remember wearing rompers as a child. i felt like a baby in them! enough said. πŸ™‚
    as for monster quest, i will have to check that out. sounds right up my alley!

  • samantha ezra
    August 12, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    i think they’re cute on some people! but unfortunately not everyone can pull them off. there have been some really cute ones popping up all over the place though. and i’m guilty of lusting over at least 1 πŸ™

  • Barchbo
    August 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Rompers look like children’s wear – not something I want to be sporting as an adult!
    Mostly, I love the way you talk about your children and Jane talks about you on her blog. You seems to have such a wonderful relationship – a rare and lovely thing!

  • shoez
    August 12, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    does jane own/wear several rompers???!!!

  • PrΓͺt Γ  Porter P
    August 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    i have beef with white plastic sunglasses, they are an instant outfit cheaperizer! (yes, that’s my made up word!!)

  • emmz
    August 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I think of all the hideous fashion statements out there, Rompers are a good one to just say no to. Period. Love the blog!

  • Lynn
    August 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    hi judy! this post is very entertaining. i havent heard of monster quest but i think im going to record it on dvr now. rompers can be too cutesy, i agree. and they are so hard to take off when you’re taking a pee! πŸ™‚

  • Margarita
    August 12, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    So hilarious! I love dressing my three year old in rompers, she looks so cute… Me on the other hand? I think I’d throw up from all the cuteness!

  • colina
    August 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Question: What makes jumpsuits acceptable but rompers horrible? They’re essentially the same thing no?

  • french cloud
    August 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    really? I’ve had several girls come into the shop accessorizing theirs with oversized cardigans, wide belts, and fabulous shoes..they look so great. I think it takes the right body/mindset to pull it off…although not for me.

  • Solo
    August 13, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Beautiful collage! ;D Love the blue one with a collar. Lovely! ;D
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  • Louise
    August 13, 2009 at 1:44 am

    So jumpsuits are ok but not rompers? Nonsense. I had some friends five years ago who thought shorts were hideous and absolutely no-go and you sound pretty much like they did.

  • Brooke
    August 13, 2009 at 2:29 am

    I totally agree on the word “romper”. hahaha. Also, I’m pretty sure I would love that show. I have a strange addiction to urban myths, unexplained phenomena, etc. Alas, I am currently in Lithuania, where the number one type of show includes people dressed in national garb muddling their way through Lithuanian pop songs. I’m not watching too much TV these days πŸ™‚
    Love your blog πŸ™‚

  • Tereza
    August 13, 2009 at 3:09 am

    wow, I guess itΒ΄s for the first time I disagree with you…I like rompers- just few of them actually, but htey can look good.

  • K
    August 13, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Maybe jumpsuits work because they have Le Smoking, chic house-painter associations while the romper is cut in unflattering places on a woman’s body, drawing attention to an awkward part of the torso.
    It is hard to imagine a woman over 30 rocking the romper without putting a dramatic coat or fabulous boots on with it. Could be done, but worn alone a’la the red carpet pics?…yikes.

  • irene
    August 13, 2009 at 4:00 am

    We tend to call them playsuits in the UK (rompers are for babies). I think it’s an age thing too. They look cute on young coltish girls/some leggy models but as one poster said over a certain age, they’re not a good look unless you go for a longer leg length – but then it becomes a jumpsuit. Oh the vagaries of fashion!

  • fashion roadkill
    August 13, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Monster Quest definitely sounds like something I would watch..I will tune in!
    And I agree with you on rompers…they’re meant for 5 year olds, not 25 year olds. (although i do have some cute ones from f21 to sleep in!)

  • Sandy
    August 13, 2009 at 5:43 am

    this post made me laugh out loud at my desk. Thanks for brightening my morning. Yes, i agree with you AND I feel there is a huge difference between a romper and a jumpsuit… primarily pants and sleeves!

  • Auden
    August 13, 2009 at 7:42 am

    haha Last night I saw an episode of MonsterQuest, it was about Killer CHIMPS!! I was scared shitless.

  • Laura
    August 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I was rather suprised when i saw monster quest I watched bits and pieces of many different episodes yesterday though I have to wnder if some of the creatures they see are real…And i love your blog and Janes too. =)
    p.s. I want to start a blog someday soon I hope.

  • Adriana
    August 13, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Thank you!
    I have a serious dislike for rompers.I just can’t stand them. Or the word “romper”.
    This brightened up my day.

  • Isabel
    August 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I kind of like rompers! But of course, they’re not for everyone. I have a floral romper and it pretty much looks like a dress, you can barely even tell that it’s actually shorts.

  • Larae
    August 13, 2009 at 10:54 am

    What? Maybe it’s the word romper but I think it’s the same as a jumpsuit in my vocabulary. So are jumpsuits okay? I mean I own several and I have purchased in the last few months from Barneys, Neimans, Nordstrom. I think Jane has a few too if I recall correctly. I have received nothing but compliments. πŸ™‚ xoxo!

  • judy Aldridge
    August 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Don’t take me too seriously on the rompers. It’s true they are not for me (I am 46), but Carol has one and looks very cute in it. Most of the Monster Quest episodes are hilarious, but the one about Big Foot in the Canadian woods was kind of scary. I love that show!

  • Ms. Butterfly
    August 13, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Nothing wrong with rompers-as a matter of fact I’m wearing one right now. lol

  • Ms. Butterfly
    August 13, 2009 at 11:11 am

    btw Judy I love your blog, you are timeless and very inspiring.

  • Dina
    August 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Haha yeah romper might be an off-putting word…that’s why in the UK we call it a jumpsuit πŸ™‚
    Harem pants are just the worst in my opinion. Who can possibly be a fan of having their crotch dangle in between their knees? I only dread to find out.

  • Meow
    August 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Rompers give me the worst camel toe.

  • erin
    August 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    hmmm I don’t think I agree with you on this on. A romper is kind of like a short jumpsuit, and if I’m not mistaken I think I’ve seen both you and Jane in a Jumper. If you have good legs, and the right shape, I think they looks great. I mean there are bad styles of everything right?

  • StyleAntagonist
    August 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Interesting. In my opinion, Fashion & Styling is something very subjective, likewise rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming & etc. You can’t really judge whether a design is considered hideous, ridiculous or beautiful. Some great designs might not necessarily captures the eyes of the public and vice versa. Sometimes, it takes that specific group of people with certain likings to appreciate a designers collection. To name a few, Hussein Chalayan, Christian, John Galliano & so forth. It really depends on how far/much the design attracts/captures the interests of the masses. The more the better and eventually that branding will become famous from there due to the awareness. Anyway, among the few ones, i knew Christopher Kane’s & Junya Watanabe’s collection are kind of monsterous πŸ˜€

  • Jules
    August 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Lovely! I am staring at the purple dress on that collage. =D
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  • Tati
    August 13, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    hiiii! i really love your blog and Jane’s.Your style is so different of what I used to, but i really like it. I’m a make up artist and i’m planning a blog too. You are inspiring!
    A hello from Brazil!

  • Stella
    August 13, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    haha i think its one of those things that, if you’re not careful, would really start to grow on you. I hated them for a long time, and then one day woke up with the need to own one… or four. but its definitely not the most functional piece of clothing hahaha πŸ˜‰

  • pearlmaj
    August 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I can’t believe that this is the post that gets me to comment, but I have to add one thing. While I have seen one or two people look okay (FROM THE FRONT ONLY) in one of these, I agree that the word “romper” is hideous, but even worse is when they are referred to as “playsuits.” Bleccchhh.

  • Katie
    August 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    We have a difference of opinion but that’s okay. The world would be robotic if we didn’t have different views. =) I love rompers very much. Every since I was little Ive had a fascination with overalls. The romper/jumpsuit is the new and improved overall. Every time I wear one out i get compliments. I’m 19 and even though “rompers” are associated with baby clothes I’m proud that i can pull one off and feel sophisticated. You and Jane’s blogs are my favorite among every blog out there!!

  • candice chu
    August 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    wow. funny…cocoperez.com just said that rompers are in!! : ) ha! if i had the body for a romper, i would totally wear one!!

  • m
    August 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I wear rompers all the time, I think you have to be able to pull them off. If you can’t, then just don’t wear them.

  • elena
    August 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    wow that sounds cool.

  • lina
    August 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Rompers ,hahahaa i’d have to agree with you (:
    This made my day!

  • momo
    August 16, 2009 at 3:46 am

    I think something I used to like about this blog was that supposedly there are no such thing as “fashion don’ts”.
    Some petite girls look great in rompers without looking like toddlers. I own 3 rompers, including the Urban Outfitters peach one above, and I doubt that I look “hideous”.

  • Jessica
    August 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Rompers are ok if you have a perfect body and I agree they are a little wierd over the age of 10.
    Love your blog!

  • P
    August 18, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I love rompers and jumpsuits. Not much difference in my mind, one has shorts and one has pant legs.
    Rather harsh I think.

  • D
    August 22, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Wow. I could not disagree more with your opinion. I’m sure we all agree that style is subjective and that every woman, no matter what her age, should be allowed to wear what makes her happy without judgment from others. As someone who embraces many forms of fashion which stray from the mainstream and often adorns herself in unconventional attire, I am surprised by your pretentious tone. Rompers may not be your cup of tea, but your post makes you sound narrow-minded and hypocritical. That’s unfortunate.

  • Pretty Girl
    August 24, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I love your blog but you should really say “In my opinion” or “I feel…” when your talking about something. I’m sure there were a few people wearing rompers when they read this post, and you sounded very rude.