In Defense of the Male Romper

RompHim

RompHim: Your New Favorite Summer Outfit

Rompers for dudes are a thing, and I’m digging it. This shouldn’t be surprising, considering how obsessed I am with Southern prep, gender-non-conforming style, and dressing to express yourself.

If you haven’t heard of them yet, RompHim is a brand of rompers for guys that are set to hit the market sometime this summer. ACED Design, the company selling RompHims, haven’t set an official release date at the time of this post, but seeing as their Kickstarter has already raised over eleven times their set goal and that they’ve guaranteed deliveries of their special edition Fourth of July RompHims by Independence Day, it’s pretty likely that you’ll be seeing the RompHim out and about soon. According to their Kickstarter FAQ page, ACED Design is “committed to getting the 4th of July RompHims to backers in time for the holiday, the Early Bird Specials in July, and the rest of the orders in August.” Get excited.

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The Well-Dressed Tomboy

Trixie Tang Purple Hi-Low Charlotte Russe Dress

Charlotte Russe dress | Jennifer Lopez heels

I recently re-watched my favorite Fairly OddParents episode, “The Boy Who Would be Queen”, where Timmy Turner gets magically turned into a girl in order to better understand what his crush Trixie wants for her birthday.

In a surprising turn of events, he finds out that she’s actually into comic books, which are traditionally marketed to boys, not girls. She begs him to stay quiet: “If word gets out I like boy stuff, all my friends will think I’m weird. Please, please keep it our secret, girl-to-girl?”

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Under the Palm Fronds

Everly Spring Stripes Dress Southern Prep

Everly dress | Qupid shoes

Aesthetic: The social butterfly you see at all the events on campus. Effervescent and aggressively friendly. Is impossible to have an awkward interaction with.

Good with names and faces. Knows absolutely everybody and has no qualms about initiating conversations with strangers. Somehow remembers everything you say. Does not care about social status and will blatantly be friends with everyone.

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I Just Wanna Live, Man

Sarasota Florida Burns Court Forever 21 Black Eyelet Dress

Forever 21 dress | Franco Sarto shoes

Someone recently asked me what I wanted to do with my life.

Answers immediately popped into my head, all of which sounded vaguely spiel-y. There was I want to build something great, of course, or I want to leave a legacy, or I want to get ahead in my career, or I want to live in a big, bright house by the water where the weather is always warm while working a job that is intellectually challenging, well-paying, and culturally fitting. But my voice seemed to have a mind of its own.

“I just wanna live, man,” I blurted out instead before I could stop myself.

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May Flowers

Express dress | Charlotte Russe shoes

Aesthetic: That girl in your math class who owned glitter gel pens in an astonishingly wide array of colors, wrote in big bubble letters, and meticulously organized all of her notes.

Her favorite color was purple, obviously, and she had the type of notebook paper with the reinforced edges. She got annoyed at you because you asked to borrow a sheet from her every single day.

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I Tried the Unicorn Frappuccino So You Don’t Have To

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

Express dress | Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

This is the first time I’ve stepped into a Starbucks inside a Macy’s inside a mall.

I’m thinking of how the setup is like a configuration of Russian dolls, stores in stores in a giant conglomeration of stores, when the guy behind the counter flashes me a jolly smile. “Good afternoon! What’ll it be today?”

“I’ll have a tall Unicorn Frappuccino,” I reply, cringing a little on the inside. Even I’m judging myself. Last night a good friend of mine who worked at Starbucks had gone on a rant about how much she hated the drink, from its super-sugary contents to the fact that blenders had to be washed out after each use to the grown women who threw tantrums upon finding out that ingredients had run out. I decided to try it out for myself the next day. Why not? I’d received a Starbucks gift card this past Christmas and needed an excuse to use it.

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