Male Rompers Are No Joke — the Real History of a Fashion Trend (and the Bathroom Dilemma): Inside the RompHim PhenomenonBY Ashley Coley // 05.30.17
Many years ago, when people thought of the future and what the year 2017 would hold, I’m sure they envisioned a surfeit of exciting advancements. Flying cars, a cure for cancer and maybe world peace. And while world peace is still nowhere in sight, we can all be rest assured that in 2017 something incomprehensible was created — RompHim, a romper designed for men.
RompHim — the summertime tantamount of an ugly Christmas sweater, was thought up by Aced Designs — which is comprised of Northwestern University MBA students Daniel Webster-Clark, Chip Longenecker, Elaine Chen and Alex Neumann.
“Turn heads and break hearts when you take your RompHim for a spin. Is it a romper specially designed for men? Sure, but it’s also so much more,” the Kickstarter campaign, which launched on May 15, has more than $364,895 pledges thus far.
Of course, the trend’s gone far beyond just one company now. You can’t hope to contain the male romper phenomenon. NBA star Dwyane Wade has already worn a male romper — and set the Internet on fire. NBA MVP favorite Russell Westbrook, who fancies himself as the most fashionable man in the Association, has already come out as very anti-male rompers. Star NFL quarterback Cam Newton infamously wore a male romper to Coachella, while reality TV ringmaster Andy Cohen insists he actually started the current male romper movement more than two years ago.
Now, even sports mascots are getting into male rompers.
These new-age male rompers come armed with a front shirt pocket, adjustable waist tabs, a zippered back pocket to keep your phone safe and a zipper fly — a practical counterpoint to ladies’ rompers, which require women to get completely undressed to use the restroom. Buyers have the choice of red or blue chambray, a 1980s splatter print or a special edition Fourth of July romper headlining red seersucker and a star print on the front pocket, collar and placket.
Although the RompHim has faced a lot of criticism, especially on social media, there’s no denying that sales have gone through the roof — so it’s possible this “new” trend could be here to stay.