I know I've already professed my undying love for Trashy Diva but their summer collection has pushed me into full blown adoration bordering on blasphemy.
Getting dressed in the summer is a completely different beast for me. I'm free from nylons, cardigans, and boots, but it's always 80 degrees in my closet so I have little patience for anything that requires too much steaming or coordination. The only things I want to wear are cotton and rayon.
A nice saturated color always wins me over as well.
Enter Cactus Rouge, particularly the Hepburn Romper. That's right, I said romper. It's a polarizing item of clothing that illicits a lot of strong feelings--you either love them or you hate them, and if you hate them, it's probably because you fell victim to the dreaded romper wedgie.
This summertime wonder is a triumph when it comes to both cut and comfort. I love the way the bodice is fitted with a cross over bust, gathered sleeves, and a classic top stitched waist. It's pretty but still modest.
Then, from the waist down, it's comfy as hell with no threat of romper wedgie. The shorts are free and flowy, and with the most important design feature known to the modern woman: pockets! The Hepburn Romper is a hybrid in the sense that it unites femininity with functionality. Yes, I want to look pretty, but I also want to get shit done. Rosie the Riveter would've been all over this.
That's probably why I unconsciously chose to pair this ensemble with an easy updo and turquoise scarf, channeling my inner Rosie. There's no chance I'm blow drying my hair in this heat. So, the whole barrel roll, sponge bun, hair scarf is my go to when I just cant be bothered but still want a vintage look.
Another one of my favorite outfit options these days is my B.a.i.t. Idas. I have these in a few different colors now and they're the greatest. Cute, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive when you catch a Modcloth sale.
And having a white purse with a long strap has made getting ready a million times easier. I hate having to switch bags so I always try to find a nice white one to go with my summer frocks, but long straps are hard to come by on vintage bags, which is silly. In the 50s and 60s, women apparently didn't need both hands free to text and sip iced coffee. Welcome to vintage girl problems. Woe is me. Thankfully, I found this unicorn at Material Objects when I was vacationing in Maine.
So, there you have it. The oft-misunderstood, frequently ill-fitting, enigmatic romper can live up to its potential if it's well constructed (Thanks, Candice!) and paired with accessories that complement its beauty.
One such accessory is the ever-fashionable and wonderful Victor Prizzio.
He was kind enough to do some documenting of this gem last week while romping around Boston (see what I did there?)
Because what's the point of wearing a garment that takes its name from the verb meaning "to play energetically" if you don't intend to just that?
Cactus Rouge Hepburn Romper - Trashy Diva
White Wicker Purse - Material Objects
Red Ida Shoes - B.a.i.t.
Scarf, Sunglasses, and Earrings - Vintage