Why My Son Looks Weird In A Romper

A year and a half.

After seeing my son wear this romper, I finally understand the meaning of the 1991 hit song, “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred.

Just like I personally know how it is being too sexy for my hat, my shirt, and my cat, so my son is too masculine for this plaid romper.

It just doesn’t work for him. Sorry Son, but this is one outfit you can’t pull off. And I think it’s safe to say that’s a compliment.

This past Saturday my wife skeptically dressed Jack in his new romper as we met some friends at The Pfunky Griddle for breakfast.

As he played in the foyer, I couldn’t help but notice: He doesn’t look right in this thing.

What would it take for him to be able to pull it off? A chili bowl haircut, for starters.

But I don’t think Jack is the chili bowl haircut kind of boy. His military cut seems to suit him well; as does his deep and raspy Croatian voice.

Jack hits his head hard every day as he plays and never flinches or cries about it; most of the time he doesn’t even realize that, technically, he’s injured.

He might as well have a barbed wire tattoo around his bicep.

Jack can pull off “cute,” but not this kind of cute.

I’m not knocking little boys’ rompers, because obviously as many other boy toddlers I see wearing them, and as many are being sold in stores, they must be good for somebody.

As I’ve fished for input on The Dadabase Facebook wall, I’m hearing a consensus that rompers like this are best designed A) for babies, not toddlers and B) for girls. Is that accurate?

Though I personally prefer to dress nice and classy every chance I get, my wife says that she prefers me as a “t-shirt and jeans guy.”

Similarly, I think my son is a t-shirt and jeans toddler.

And he can rock a retro yellow suit from 1981.

Or a wool cap in 85 degree weather.

But to see him grunt his way around in between bar stools and benches wearing this, he just seems like a walking contradiction.

Am I a macho chauvinist dad or am I right to assume that these kinds of rompers just aren’t appropriate for 18 month-old little boys?

Only Right Said Fred can judge me.

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  1. by Ferne Emery

    On May 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    You know how I feel….one or two might have slipped into Will’s wardrobe on a laundry day, but that’s all good. He also might have worn one on Easter once, but that was to appease the Grands.

  2. by Nick Shell

    On May 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    All things in moderation, as they say.

  3. by Jody

    On June 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    The rompers make it super easy and fast to change diapers. Girls in dresses and boys in rompers. I don’t think they were necessarily created for fashion, but for ease of changing and dressing.

  4. by Mrs. Arquette

    On February 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    My son is almost 2. He is built just like his daddy & is all boy. Never notices when he bumps his head most of the time (which is quite often). He has never looked right in the romper things. Footie PJs? Yep. Body suits when he was less than a year old? Yep. These one piece short or pants things? Never! He looks ridiculous & like a sissy. Which as much of a Mama’s boy as he is, he is certainly no sissy. I suppose some boys can pull this off. But our son has never been dressed cutesy. Always been dressed like a mini but age appropriate daddy. I have always dressed him based on a combo of comfy but stylish. He’s never even worn mis matched PJs lol But never, ever has he worn anything remotely fru fru or sissy la la. He’s a rough & tumble jeans, T shirt, sneakers (or flip flops if its hot) kinda boy. For church this last Sunday, he wore cargo pants with stud accents, & a faux layered button down that had athletic graphics on the front & back. Now if we ever have a daughter, best believe there will be an abunace of tutus, dresses, bows, & bling. DS wears bling as well. For his “starting kindergarten gifts” we’re giving him a new pair of Nikes & a mini chain like his daddy’s. we’re so happy he can wear South Pole, Ecko, ect now!