Currently Loving: Rompers

I am loving rompers for the summer. I’ve been spotting them on celebs and just think they are adorable. How great does Blake Lively look in this piece? The look is so simple, classy but totally effortless. I love how she matched it with the necklace and the totally hot pumps.

In real life though, I’d be too conscious of wearing something that short with heels. Although I know that it would help elongate the legs, wearing flats with short shorts is just as cute.

I found a couple of cute rompers that I’m planning on putting in my shopping cart and thought that it would be fun to create outfits with them. I get a lot of requests from my readers to post more “recessionista” friendly items and I wanted to play around with it to see if I could create two similar outfits but with totally different price points. The best part of this is that all items can be mixed and match so if you wanted to splurge on the shoes, you could still get the rest of the outfit from the “recessionista” set.

I chose a cute romper that I thought would be cute to wear throughout the summer along with a cardigan (as I mentioned, I am always cold!). I added gladiator sandals because it went with the whole casual chic vibe of the romper. I’m also never one without a big cocktail ring so found some options to wear with this outfit.

Total outfit cost $94
(All links are linked to the items)
#1 – Lulu’s/#2 – Forever 21/#3 – Lulu’s/#4 – Forever 21

Richie Rich:
Total outfit cost: $608
#1: C&C Califonia (Revolve Clothing)/ #2: Michael Stars (Revolve Clothing)/ #3 Tory Burch (Nordstrom)/ #5 Ariella Collection (Nordstrom)

You might ask why I decided to mix silvers and golds together but I really love mixing them. I’m not one to just wear gold or just wear silver. The mix of the two makes it modern and fun.

If you want to know my ideal outfit it would be a mix of Recessionist Romper #1, with Richie Rich cardigan #2, Richie Rich sandals #3 and Recessionista ring #4. That total cost would be $475 but the expensive item is the shoes which I feel is always worth splurging. I imagine that the $18 sandals would be cute at first but I can’t imagine how comfortable they would be for that price. When buying flats, I like them to be as comfortable as possible. Of course just because shoes are expensive does not mean they will be comfortable but I own many pairs of Tory Burch shoes and find them to hold up really well and are super comfy. I walked through Paris and London in my Tory Burch flats and my feet were quite happy with me.

If you are looking for a mid-range gladiator, I think these Sam Edelman’s are fantastic and at $89.95 a great price for a good quality shoe.

Either way, I think both choices could do you no wrong. Since this outfit is more on the side of trendy items, I think the recessionista is a much better choice. However I do always think of the quality of items and how long it would last, which is why I went with the more expensive option of the cardigans. I know I would pair it with a lot more things and would get a lot of wear not only in the summer but in the colder months as well. In fact, I have 3 of those Michael Stars cardigans and I don’t know what I would do without them. I wear them all the time over all sorts of tops. They look great and don’t lose shape at all even after a ton of washes (which you will find with the cheaper options).

Hope you liked my picks! It was fun putting this together. If I end up liking either of the rompers, I will post up a lookbook of the outfit. But it’s gonna be awhile because the weather we are having in Seattle is not going to permit me to wear shorts any time soon!

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  • MizzJ
    March 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I agree, mixing silver and gold looks cool and edgy! Who believes in fashion rules anyways? 😉 I love the gladiators and can’t wait for warmer weather so I can bring them out again!

  • Kellie
    March 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I love the Michael Stars cardigan. I’m not a fan of gladiator shoes in general. Although I do think they could look cute w/ either of the outfits you put together. I just don’t think I’d wear them. I like at least a little lift/heel to make me a bit taller. I’m too short!! 🙂

  • kelly
    March 24, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    great comparison Tiffany! the rings are absolutely beautiful and i cant believe that Recessionista one is only 5 dollars! what a steal!

  • captivateme
    March 24, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Yes! I love these rompers and I’m pretty excited to try the style out this summer 🙂 Great picks!

  • ONADA Photography
    March 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    this is super cute. I love it. I’m going to get a similar outfit!

  • E and S
    March 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I love the comparison! Both choices look great though I haven’t decided if I’m brave enough to try a romper yet. I love those Michael Stars cardigans! I have one that I wear with almost anything and it has held up so well. Just a question about Tory Burch flats: I’ve been eyeing a pair lately, and I’m wondering which ones you’d recommend. I love the look of the Reva flats but am afraid the scrunch at the back would rub- has it bothered you at all?

  • Hanako66
    March 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    really cute…great choices! I would totally go with the Michael Stars cardi too….I have one and wear it to death. I have a few pairs of TB shoes and think that they are excellent quality…these are a fab choice:) I actually think I like the Lulu’s romper better and both of the rings are great!

    E and S…I have a pair of revas and they are very comfortable…the scrunch does not bug at all!

  • issa
    March 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    i’ve been wanting a romper for sometime now.. love your picks

  • Christen
    March 24, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Love this post! Just wanted you to know that I featured your blog as one of my top favorite fashion blogs. You can see it here:
    I hope you don’t mind. Thanks for all the great writing!

  • E and S
    March 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks Hanako!

  • JGeb
    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Love both outfits you put together. You pick out things from Lulus’s often and I was wondering what your experience with them is. The stuff is cute, but I’m afraid to try it.

  • Chessa!
    March 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I love mixing silver and gold too! but, sadly, I don’t think I will be rocking a romper any time soon…yes, the weather is cold but I haven’t worn shorts that short since the 6th grade except for the beach. plus I have this thing about my bare skin touching anything on the subway or a cab in NYC. I’m not a germaphobe or anything (it’s almost impossible to live in NYC if you are) but it still grosses me out. so…most summer items that I wear in the city are at least knee length or just above the knee. but, damn these are CUTE!

  • tiffany2stylish
    March 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    E and S – Yes, the Reva’s are comfortable, the back doesn’t rub at all. In fact I like it that it gives my heel something to grip on to. I have 3 pairs of Reva’s but the only ones I like are the leather ones. The patent leather is a bit too stiff for me. Oh and don’t get the quilted ones. I forget what the name of that style is but those ones don’t have a scrunchy back and they hurt the worst!

    Christen – you are a doll! Thank you, will check it out when I get home tonight.

    JGeb – I would say that it’s pretty much like Forever 21. I’m not much of an in-store F21 shopper so I order most things online and it’s always a surprise when I get it as to how the quality is. I haven’t had a problem with Lulu’s but I’ve only ordered there once.

    Chessa – actually I completely understand. I hate bare skin on public places too. It kinda grosses me out. Especially in NY where it is so much more populated.

  • Hot Bot
    March 25, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Love love love rompers. They’re just a pain to use the bathroom in.

  • Mar's Bar
    March 25, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for doing a comparison post! I would definitely spend more money on the shoes as I could see getting a lot more millage out of them then the romper. I think for pieces like that, that probably wouldn’t be worn for too long its just worth it to get the recessionista version!

  • Kaitlyn
    March 25, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I really like the looks at two different price points!

  • Maegan
    March 25, 2009 at 4:23 am

    your first sentence is my entire problem with wearing shorts at all …I feel like I need the heels to elongate my muscular man legs and add femininity …but then I look like a damn stripper in heels and shorts …it’s so sad. However, the romper, I may be able to get away with. ..may be if it’s cutesy enough. …b/c I love them.

  • Fei+Bella
    March 25, 2009 at 5:31 am

    hey! i’ve been following your site and your blog is just so cute.
    i love all your fashion tips and i agree.. rompers are the best spring/summer outfit.
    come visit our site sometime!

  • smartbykrae
    March 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I love the combination of a romper with a slouchy cardigan.

  • ♥ fashion chalet
    March 26, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Romper-iffic! Ayyyy can’t wait for Spring!!! :]


  • Fashion Therapist
    March 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Agreed I so desperately want a romper for the summer!!!

  • j-etiquette
    June 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Love your blog so much- Follow mine that I have just started!!!
    Good work!