Ever since the line of rompers, RompHim, was launched on Kickstarter by ACED design, and reached its goal of $10,000, the internet has been in a general state of outrage.
Article titles like “The Bro Romper Exists and I Don’t Want to Live on This Planet Anymore” by Esquire, and “Dude Rompers Are the Stupidest Thing Ever Created” by Men’s Health, show that some people are truly very upset by the idea of men wearing rompers. Why? The somewhat vague reasons I gathered from these articles were that they look “stupid” and “douchey.” I happen to think they look fine, but I guess this is really important to some people.
Another major factor that many people seem to be focusing on is that it is difficult for women to use the bathroom in rompers, so why put men through the same torture? Um…I thought this would be pretty obvious to everyone but…men will be just fine. They have different equipment down there. Men’s Health addresses this by saying, “These male rompers have a built-in pee hole, but that stopped being appropriate at age two, which is exactly how old you will look in a giant onesie.”
I’m sorry, Men’s Health. Did you just call rompers and onesies juvenile? Well Mr. Winston Churchill, arguably the manliest man of the 20th century, is turning over in his grave at that statement, because guess what? He invented the onesie, b*tch.
That’s right, Churchill was famous for his all-in-one “Romper Suits” as he called them, and popularized them during World War II, as “siren suits” that would be easy to throw on in the case of an air raid. He wore these rompers for every single kind of occasion—even for meetings with President Eisenhower. They became popular for men and women alike, and the design eventually found its way into the hands of fashion designers in the 60s and 70s. Ever since then, it has evolved into the kinds of rompers that we see worn today. Whether or not you agree with Churchill’s policies (I strongly do not), you can’t deny that he was kind of a trailblazer in the world of fashion. You also can’t deny that he was a tough, dignified, iconic leader, who would probably be very proud to see that his rompers are finally being embraced by men once again.
So, the next time that you, Men’s Health, or anyone else calls man-rompers stupid or douchey, just think about Winston Churchill’s disapproving face:
And kindly shut up.