Greenville’s Summer Style

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Between weddings and theatre performances, downtown Greenville buzzed with energy last night. With my lawn chair and bottled water in hand, I headed to the TD Bank Amphitheatre in Falls Park to watch “Much Ado About Nothing”. I arrived early to soak in the sights and engage in a little style research. As a personal wardrobe stylist, I think of the world as a runway, not a stage. Last night I had shorts on my mind, partly because I saw so many of them. There were cargos, bermudas, daisy dukes, and assorted gym shorts. To my surprise I didn’t see many rompers (exactly three), which are one piece short outfits. They come in a variety of styles and lengths. I like rompers for the same reason I like dresses and jumpsuits. They provide an instant outfit and present a pulled together image. They also remind me of something from a 1940’s pin up poster.  

Last night’s fashion award goes to one of my fellow theatre goers who wore a black zipper front, drawstring romper. She accessorized with a turquoise chunky necklace, cuff bracelet and a pair of Jackie O style sunglasses. Besides looking adorable, she smiled, ate heartily, and looked like she was having a grand time.

You can find rompers in most stores this summer. also has a decent selection of very stylish ones by BCBG. I particularly like the pale peach and blue print one shoulder number with a draped bodice featured below for $105. 

Will I shop for rompers for my clients next summer? Only the style gods know if they have fashion staying power. The character of Conrade in “Much Ado…” had this to say about the frivolousness of fashion. “I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man”. Alas, how we quickly purge those outdated styles from our closets long before they show signs of wear!


woman wearing black romper style outfit

“Much Ado About Rompers”



peach and blue floral short romper by BCBG

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Shorts are for fashion and easy living

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Shorts, an ever present summer wardrobe staple, are now also one of the hottest fashion trends. Now is the time to find the latest shorts online at bargain prices. White House Black Market carries classic dark wash denim jean shorts, cargo shorts with front pockets, and flat front cotton cuffed shorts, all on sale for $39.99. Although most styles come in versatile neutrals, some are available in bold shades like pomegranate.  J.Jill, known for its distinctive linen apparel, sells a machine-washable linen walking short in white and black with an elastic waist. For those who prefer to show more leg, J Jill is now selling a linen twill cuffed short for $39.99. At Talbots, classic styles with contemporary sash accents are currently on sale. The “cuffed sash short” and the “parachute sash short” in summer palettes like sand and pale pink, are available at a deep discount. Styles like these can be dressed up when when worn with fitted jackets as a “short suit”, or graceful silk tanks and wedge sandals.

As the summer heats up, shorts fit the bill for comfort, coolness and incomparable style.