Rompers are cute and versatile for work, play, or travel—but they can be a struggle to style. Check out these TFG tips on how to dress up a romper, or dress it down!
How to Style a Romper
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Travel Girl Fashion help! A reader asks:
I just bought this cute romper and plan on taking it on every trip. What are some outfit options?
Rompers are a fashion trend that has hit travel circles! Though not something to wear when you’re in countries that mainly have squat toilets, these are versatile clothing pieces that look fab for road trips, cruises, resorts, European travel, or just hanging at home.
Though the terms tend to be interchangeable, a long romper aka, a jumpsuit, is especially versatile because it acts as both a top and pants at the same time. When choosing one for a trip, neutral colors such as black, olive, khaki, navy, or white are generally best. This allows you to wear the romper for more than one activity like sightseeing or dinner out.
However, it can be daunting to know what accessories or shoes to wear with a romper when traveling (or even otherwise).
So we took our reader question and her pick to show you how to style a black romper!
How to Style a Black Short Sleeve Romper
Lane Bryant Knit Kit Crossover Jumpsuit | Sizes 10-28
Lane Bryant Black Romper Pants and Shirt Combo
This stylish Lane Bryant crossover jumpsuit was shared in the TFG Facebook group, an amazing resource for female travelers looking for what to pack or what to wear. As you can see, it’s oh-so-versatile due to the neutral black color and classic styling details.
The pockets allow for some easy storage of a lip gloss, and the crossover neckline drapes across the torso in a flattering manner. The cropped pants are a terrific length to showcase shoes well. The nicest touch has to be the dolman sleeves which have a shirred drawstring which can go up or down, defendant on the look you’re after—either way, it creates a pretty ruched effect!
It also comes in petite sizing as well! Now, how to style this for travel and pair it with lovely, yet practical pieces? We’re happy to show you just how to wear a black romper!
When it comes to how to rock a romper, they’re so versatile which allows you to play with shoe options. From sandals in the summer to slip-ons, or even ankle boots in the fall/winter, you can truly take this piece through all seasons!
Animal Print Sandals
Naot sandals constantly make our readers top lists for summer shoes, and these have a cork and latex footbed that’s shock-absorbing, with arch support, and are generally dang cute!
These come in many colors, but we love the cheetah print for our black romper above—perfect for some sightseeing and dinner out at a top-rated Tripadvisor restaurant. Believe it or not, animal print shoes are actually neutral and can go well with a number of other shades.
Readers say these are top-notch walking shoes that have cushion yet look great for day to evening looks. These are also a HUGE fave of TFG’s editor-in-chief Alex. (Check out her full review on these sandals!)
The Kirra from Vionic is sleek and chic with a triangular thong-style design and backstrap for stability and adjustability. The microfiber-wrapped, EVA footbed is so soft; you’ll feel like you’re walking on air.
Metallic is another neutral that can add zip to a black romper, pair with some subtle gold jewelry, and voila!
One reader reiterates that “I wear them with black all the time and they look great!” This sandal also comes in other colors as well.
Also, check out this review on the Vionic Kirra Sandals to learn more!
Here are the most cute and comfortable walking sandals for travel!
Neutral Wedge Sandals
Wedges look great with rompers because they instantly dress them up! Your tootsies won’t suffer in wedges either as they would in typical heels because they’re more stable and your feet touch more surface. Excellent for travel!
Naot is one of the most popular brands that combines comfort and style well. The Prophecy’s adjustable ankle straps, a cushioned anatomic footbed, and padded heel cup add effortless comfort all day long.
Classic Ballet Flats
Let this Tory Burch flat make your romper shine with its logo medallion and sleek construction. The leather upper, lined rubber sole, and cushioned footbed means your feet will be comfortable as you walk.
TFG readers rave about these shoes for their look and durability. And if you’re styling a neutral-colored romper, you could easily pluck some of the fun colors offered in these flats to add vim and vigor!
However, be forewarned that flats work best for short bouts of walking, rather than longer periods, which may be just enough time to show off your romper!
Shop Jibs Slim Black Sneaker: Jibs
Casual-Chic Slip-On Shoes
Jibs slip on sneakers are TFG editor-in-chief Alex’s favorite flying shoe for numerous reasons: the perforated upper is 100% real biodegradable-leather, so they’re environmentally friendly, the Therma rubber sole is strong and flexible, and the natural cork insole wicks away moisture and doesn’t retain odors.
Besides wearing them for flying, they’ll work as a light sightseeing shoe too. Their chic, yet casual feel would instantly create a laid-back look for our aforementioned black romper without looking clunky! And these slip-ons can rotate with other travel outfits easily!
Find out the best slip on shoes for travel!
Stylish Chelsea Boots
When it comes to what shoes to wear with a romper in the spring or fall, this TFG editor-in-chief pick does the trick! These classy, low-heeled (approximately 2”) Chelsea boots by Blondo can help keep your feet dry during wet weather due to its waterproof capabilities.
These 100% leather boots also have a flexible rubber sole so you’ll never lose grip on slippery pavement. But mostly, these can add class and chic to a romper (just pair it with a cardigan!) from fall to winter.
The wrong jacket can definitely ruin the look of your romper, but when you’re traveling, there also has to be a balance between practical and cute! Your best bet is to pair a long romper with something neutral, versatile, and timeless!
Shop Kenya Safari Jacket: Anatomie
All-Around Versatile Jacket
The Anatomie Kenya jacket has a classic design that will far surpass the livelihood of most trends. Though it has a military-style to it, the metal popper buttons and gunmetal zipper give it a chic, edgy look.
The slight cinch at the waist gives it a more blazer feel as well, which makes it super versatile with a black romper, for casual or more formal occasions. You could pair it with flat sandals, slip-ons, or an ankle boot.
This jacket is also a TFG editor-in-chief FAVE because it can pack really small, it dries fast, it’s wrinkle-resistant and easy to clean. An obvious contender for best travel jacket—read our review on the Kenya Safari jacket!
Lightweight Denim Jacket
This Levi’s denim jacket is a classic style choice that is cute and comfortable. It’s a medium-wash that has front and side pockets and can be buttoned all the way up to the top.
This piece is perfect to add some style and slight warmth to your romper in spring or summer, and it’s a classic that can be worn again and again., You can also get other shades in the jacket if you wish!
Sleek Faux Leather Jacket
A good fall option for your romper is this BLANKNYC faux leather jacket that is effortlessly cool and if you layer with a scarf, your look would be complete!
Pair with ankle boots or even loafers and you’d rock both autumn and winter outfits. Also comes in two other fantastic colors!
Fashionable Rain Jacket
With the look of a stylish peacoat and the functionality of a sturdy raincoat, it’s hard to go wrong with the prAna Martina jacket!
Perfect for rainy fall or spring weather you may encounter, you’ll stay dry without looking bulky in your romper. This lightweight women’s raincoat is made of a combination of polyester and spandex. It’s durable and water-resistant with a full-zip closure that has metallic peacoat style buttons.
Combine with waterproof ankle boots and an umbrella, and you’ll be set! It comes in four different shades but be warned—it’ll definitely be hard to pick just one!
Here’s a full list of the best lightweight rain jackets!
So in our guide here on how to wear a long romper, handbags can also help add a flourish to casual or even more elegant looks. It’ll be evident how versatile a black romper can be!
Timeless Shoulder Tote Bag
Classic in style, the Le Pliage tote is terrific for your onboard personal carry-on item and your day bag for sightseeing. And it’s pretty detailing would look chic with your romper without overpowering it.
Made from water-resistant nylon with embossed leather trim, this best-seller is versatile enough for not just traveling, but everything else! It comes in a range of shades and folds flat for storage (bonus!).
To learn more about Longchamp as a travel brand, check out our review on them!
Beautiful and Practical Backpack
The Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack is chic, versatile, and perfect for carrying all your essentials due to the number of compartments inside (even for your smartphone!). Though not necessarily designed for travel, it’s a clear winner for taking on any trip.
If you want to be hands-free and not have to sacrifice style, the textured leather, dangling tassels, and sleek hardware will look fab with your romper and not bulky. On top of it, this bag is uber practical, too!
TFG editor-in-chief Alex has had hers since 2015 (and bought other colors since then) and it works for all her needs; she uses it for everything. (Don’t forget to read our full review on the Rebecca Minkoff backpack!)
There may be occasions where you want to match your romper with a bag that’s smaller and more elegant. Well, a clutch is the answer!
This humble chic wristlet has slots for cards, a zippered compartment for cash, and pockets to store a lipstick or small compact. It also coverts into a crossbody bag that you can drape across your jumpsuit. Would look chic with ballet flats or strappy sandals.
And bonus: you could even use it as an in-flight organizer and store in a larger tote or backpack!
Finally, don’t forget other accessories such as jewelry, slim belts, or wide belts which can also change the look or mood of your romper. To get more inspiration, check out some of editor-in-chief Alex’s favorite artisan jewelry pieces here.
Want more handbags? Check out the best cross body purses for travel!
Now that you have some styling ideas, check out more of our favorite rompers that you can style yourself!
Vacay Essential 2-Piece Jumpsuit
Seriously, the best romper EVER because it’s so adaptable, comfortable, and easy to wear (and re-wear). This Vacay Essential jumpsuit is two-pieces (top and pant), so release your inner fashionista by creating several cute looks for day or night.
The poly-crepe fabric has a soft drape and great wash durability, drying rapidly on a line when you’re traveling and need to hand-wash clothes.
The best thing? You can mix and match tops or bottoms and flourish with accessories like dangly earrings or a strappy wedge sandal.
Learn more about Vacay and why they’re amazing for female travelers in this post!
Encircled Comy Jumpsuit
Want to know how to wear a casual jumpsuit? Take a cue from this cozy-looking one from an Encircled. It has easy access pockets, a wrap-around style that’s roomy enough for different body types, a flexible elastic waistband that still has a flattering shape, and a slim leg with ruching at the ankles. The fabric is a soft modal blend, which means it’s comfortable in every way.
Our very own editor-in-chief, Alex, spotted this first on Instagram and instantly wanted the Alpine Green color. Talk about cute comfort for home and travel!!
Shop Sizes L-3XL: Amazon
JUST FOR PLUS Long Jumpsuit
This classy Just for Plus romper is the epitome of versatile, wearable for fancy events, or daily life. The round neck, tie waist, and side pockets give it a chic, yet laid-back feel.
Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Amazon
Amazon Essentials Short-Sleeve Cropped Jumpsuit
A top-notch vacation piece, this Amazon Essentials jumpsuit is a rayon-elastane blend, a figure-flattering material that has an elastic waistband and side pockets.
The wide-leg cropped pants would style well with sneakers or sandals. And if you’re planning a beachy vacation, crack out those flip-flops too. With multiple colors and sizes to choose from (XS-XXL), you can use this pretty romper as a canvas!
Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Amazon
Daily Ritual Elbow-Sleeve Overlap Jumpsuit
Talk about cozy looking! This Daily Ritual romper has sleeves that brush the elbow with a crossover front and a tie waist that makes it easy peasy to style.
Wit & Wisdom Stretch Utility Jumpsuit
So cute! This Wit & Wisdom jumpsuit has a slight utilitarian touch with the spread color and patch pockets. However, the elbow length sleeves and pretty sash soften it to create a feminine silhouette.
Back to those pockets, there are front, back and side pockets to store a lot of little essentials, and the cotton-spandex blend is lightweight. The olive color is uber versatile too, looking amazing with sneakers, flats, or ankle boots. A great all-around romper!
Shop Sizes M-L and 1X-6X: Torrid
Torrid Culotte Jumpsuit
This ribbed Torrid jumpsuit is flirty and fun, with a twisted waist, peekaboo keyhole back, and a pretty tie sash. Along with the flattering ruched front, there’s a whole lot to love here!
The culotte style pants mean you can wear pretty strappy shoes and stand out, whether on vacation or out and about locally.
Shop more cute summer rompers for women!
Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Lane Bryant Knit Kit Crossover Jumpsuit||It’s oh-so-versatile due to the neutral black color and classic styling details.||Check Price|
|Vacay Essential 2-Piece Jumpsuit||The poly-crepe fabric has a soft drape and great wash durability, drying rapidly on a line when you’re traveling and need to hand-wash clothes.||Check Price|
|JUST FOR PLUS Long Jumpsuit||The round neck, tie waist, and side pockets give it a chic, yet laid-back feel.||Check Price|
|Amazon Essentials Short-Sleeve Cropped Jumpsuit||The wide-leg cropped pants would style well with sneakers or sandals. And if you’re planning a beachy vacation, crack out those flip-flops too.||Check Price|
|Daily Ritual Elbow-Sleeve Overlap Jumpsuit||Made of viscose and elastane, you can wear it on vacay around town. Take this for a spin in slip-ons, espadrilles, or sandals!||Check Price|
|Band of Gypsies Nine Mile Jumpsuit||This rayon-nylon blend will be lightweight and the olive color is uber versatile. Would look amazing with sneakers, flats, or ankle boots.||Check Price|
|Torrid Culotte Jumpsuit||The culotte style pants mean you can wear pretty strappy shoes and stand out, whether on vacation or out and about locally.||Check Price|
|Naot Women's Sabrina Flat Sandal||Readers say these are top-notch walking shoes that have cushion yet look great for day to evening looks. These are also a HUGE fave of TFG’s editor-in-chief Alex.||` Check Price|
|Vionic Women's, Kirra Thong Sandal||“I wear them with black all the time and they look great!” This sandal also comes in other colors as well.||Check Price|
|Naot Prophecy Sandal||Naot is one of the most popular brands that combines comfort and style well.||Check Price|
|Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flat||TFG editor-in-chief says these are her fave flying shoes (see her review on these), but confesses she wears them ALL the time. Her fave color of the Tory Burch is Perfect Black.||Check Price|
|Jibs Slim||The Therma rubber sole is strong and flexible, and the natural cork insole wicks away moisture and doesn’t retain odors.||Check Price|
|Blondo Women's Elvina Waterproof Ankle Bootie||These 100% leather boots also have a flexible rubber sole so you’ll never lose grip on slippery pavement. But mostly, these can add class and chic to a romper (just pair it with a cardigan!) from fall to winter.||Check Price|
|Kenya Safari Jacket||This jacket is also a TFG editor-in-chief FAVE because it can pack really small, it dries fast, it’s wrinkle-resistant and easy to clean.||Check Price|
|Levi's Women's Original Trucker Jacket||This piece is perfect to add some style and slight warmth to your romper in spring or summer, and it’s a classic that can be worn again and again.||Check Price|
|BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket||A good fall option for your romper is this BLANKNYC faux leather jacket that is effortlessly cool and if you layer with a scarf, your look would be complete!||Check Price|
|prAna Women's Martina Jacket||Perfect for rainy fall or spring weather you may encounter, you’ll stay dry without looking bulky in your romper.||Check Price|
|Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote||Made from water-resistant nylon with an embossed leather trim, this best-seller is versatile enough for not just traveling, but everything else!||Check Price|
|Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack||If you want to be hands-free and not have to sacrifice style, the textured leather, dangling tassels, and sleek hardware will look fab with your romper and not bulky. On top of it, this bag is uber practical, too!||Check Price|
|Humble Chic Vegan Leather Wristlet Clutch||This humble chic wristlet has slots for cards, a zippered compartment for cash, and pockets to store a lipstick or small compact.||Check Price|
How to Pack Your Rompers
If you’re ready to travel with your cute jumpsuit, start with packing cubes; they will seriously change the way you pack! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See more in the video below.
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped many women travel carry-on only!
How do you style a romper? Share your tips in the comments below!
For more vacation clothes, please read:
- These 2 Piece Dress Styles are a Game Changer
- Why Two Piece Sets are the Best for Travel
- Cute Summer Rompers for Women
- This New Style is the Ultimate in Vacation Wear
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