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Ask BB: Plus-Size Rompers on a Budget

Since "rompers" are a new item this season, I'd like some help finding one that's right for me. I am 5'4" and very much a curvy girl. I've been shopping around for a romper that I can dress up for night life and can't seem to fit into any of the size large or even extra-large. Help! I love the look and think I can make it work by finding the right one. — Kim, NYC

Rompers, jumpsuits—whatever you want to call them—are definitely hot this season, especially in your hometown (I spotted at least 5 on my last trip). Here are some options that will help you make the look your own:

This romper reads more like sleek dress shorts and a delicate blouse, but the one-piece styling gives it a high fashion edge. [Black Ruffle-Front Knit Sleeveless Romper, $48 at]

This dark denim romper can be dressed up or down. Think vintage ankle boots for day, strappy heels for night. [Torrid Smocked-Back Dark-Wash Romper, $58 at]

In step with spring's urban safari trend, this romper features adorable puff sleeves and crisp collar that lends a polished look. [Mechanic Style Romper, Now $19.99 at]

Paired with heels, this romper's hot enough for the clubs. Wear it with flat sandals for a day of shopping. [Short City Romper, Now $24.99 at]

Update 6/13: Here are two more options from reader Sher:
i have noticed some curvy girls wearing rompers and I must say I have not been impressed with the result. being curvy myself I feel some styles are just not meant to be worn by everyone...
For example, the last romper looks awkward enough on the model...I can only image how weird it will look on a curvy girl!
#1 carla on 2009-04-30 08:16 (Reply)
I have to say that I agree with you! I'm not a fan of rompers in general but I don't think they are flattering to the curvier/larger figure. In the first picture the romper takes away the model's shape whereas in the second picture the romper highlights every lump and bump on the model's body.
#1.1 Mee on 2009-04-30 12:21 (Reply)
Great choices BB, especially choices one and two. While the romper isnt for everyone some of us plus sized girls like showing our big beautiful legs and our round behinds! i love option # 1 and have considered getting it for myself!
#2 Miss B on 2009-04-30 08:49 (Reply)
I live option one a lot. I've considered getting a romper, but that's about as far as I have gotten. If I did get a romper it would be all black that option one :-) Good choice. Isn't Tracy Feith including a romper in his collection for Target? We will have to check that out.
#3 Talk Pretty To Me (Homepage) on 2009-04-30 09:29 (Reply)
I consider myself a big curvy girl too even though I'm a size 4 lol...I just don't have the confidence to wear a romper! I think any plus-size girl can rock them as long as she owns it, sadly I just know these will be terribly unflattering on me (also why wear a romper when you can wear a dress?)

More power to those who do though! Personally I find option one to be the most flattering and the best (the denim one looks a bit Wet Seal circa 1997 to me).
#4 Wanderlusting (Homepage) on 2009-04-30 11:44 (Reply)
I think it comes down to whether you are tall enough (because it can make some people look stumpy), what shoes you wear (sky high heels seem like the only reasonable option), and how confident you are in it flaunt what you got!
#5 Liz on 2009-04-30 20:41 (Reply)
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