Women invest in hundred dollar creams and extensive cosmetic surgery to revive their younger selves from the depths. Sometimes all we need to do is to submerse ourselves in a closet full of clothes inspired by our younger days. As a kid, any pattern went together, the brighter the better, and everything had to be playtime friendly. This criterion is easily met by throwing on a romper. Although it sometimes feels like you need to be a trained Navy Seal to get it off to go to the bathroom, this silhouette can be translated across many seasons and occasions. The simple qualities of a romper have developed in a more artistic and gutsy manner.
This playful and geometric print was something that I had never seen in a romper before. Going with a bold print like this makes it one of those amazing items in a woman’s wardrobe that does not require an extensive debate over what accessories to pile on. Just a well loved, vintage purse and nude flats. The raised waistline also gives the outfit a more retro feel that is further amplified by the Miami Vice sunglasses. This Fashionista’s ensemble is a collection of the kinds of treasures you find in your local thrift store. The romper is that kind of piece that you would pick up to perhaps joke about, but then fall madly in love with.
What struck me more was that this Fashionista perfectly reflected the layers of graffiti that seemed to whiz around her. That made this romper a perfect reflection of the artsy city of Richmond. This thrifted romper is the perfect balance of old and new, just like the city itself. Let your ensembles be inspired by your city because it becomes a great means of expressing that relationship. Go for a casual walk and take mental notes of the numerous characteristics that are the building blocks of your favorite places. That brick library as well as the house with overflowing garden soon becomes a sheer floral shirt with dark red cigarette pants. That run down, colonial house becomes a destroyed, cropped sweater over an airy maxi dress.
If you take this little piece of advice in stride, you will find that your eye becomes more trained to see those quirky aspects of society that are often ignored in that rush to work. The beauty of adapting this more youthful and appreciative eye is that you recognize the possibilities of such simple characteristics. So, give in to your more childlike ways and give in to the spirit of your city.