His & Hers: The RompHim

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The RompHim is the self-proclaimed initiator of change in men’s fashion. It has caused enough controversy to fill in a walk-in closet. ACED Design recently introduced a romper, specifically designed for men, that comes in three colorways (Red, Blue and Spatter Paint) and sports adjustable waist tabs to ensure the most comfortable yet flattering fit. What seems to baffle a majority of those who feel compelled to comment on The RompHim is its gender-defying approach. However, the concept of fashion crossing gender boundaries is one as old as time. With women exchanging their skirts for trousers in the mid-sixties and adopting power suits into their wardrobes in the early eighties, it seems trivial to debate on whether The RompHim is an innovation of today or a mere loan from the opposite sex in the early aughts of the 20th century.

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ACED Design has not stumbled upon something new to men’s fashion. Designers have been churning out rompers in their menswear collections for countless seasons. Powerhouse brands like Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Thom Browne and Rick Owens are just a few of the many who’ve shown the versatility that a single silhouette can hold.  With that, one must question, are menswear designers no longer the authority of what men will wear? ACED Design claims that they’re revolutionizing men’s fashion with The RompHim, and people seem to believe it. The product’s Kickstarter page has already surpassed its goal of $10,000 with 25 days still left for project funding. The success of The RompHim could be attributed to its genuine marketing, as its accompanying Kickstarter video seems to targets the preppy frat-bros who are far more concerned with having enough pastel colored wardrobe options to last them their four years in college rather than making a fashion statement.

Yes, men’s fashion desperately needs an update. The fact that the most significant innovation to menswear was the introduction of the two-piece suits in the early nineties is more than just concerning. The expansion of men’s fashion is not determined only by what designers produce season after season, but rather it’s about the men who need to step outside of their comfort zone to see what fashion could be.