Greetings, friends! In less than three weeks it’ll be the official start of summer. But if you’ve been following closely, rompers are having a moment right now. In light of that and my recent obsession with this summer fashion, I’m sharing three ways to wear a black dressy romper.
As a side note, my twin sister is in town visiting me for two weeks. She’s a computer scientist turned financial advisor transitioning to fintech. So she’s always running the pros and cons and financial implications of x versus y. It is always refreshing hanging out with this boss babe.
She’s also a decent photographer! You bet that I bribed her (with some Nigerian food) into being my photographer for this black dressy romper outfit. I initially wore this Nordstrom romper on our trip to New York for the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. I posted a mirror selfie of my look on Instagram and received tons of compliments on it.
I’ve since worn the black dressy romper more than three times which you can see on my LIKEtoKNOW.it profile. But these were the ones I shot.
3 WAYS TO STYLE A BLACK DRESSY ROMPER THIS YEAR
There are many more ways to wear a romper this summer. To keep you inspired on the possibilities, here are a few styling options:
LOOK #1: DRESSY ROMPER WITH ESPADRILLES
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I call this look the date night outfit. I feel like the black romper paired with a pair of hot tie-up espadrilles was the secret sauce of this look. I’ve been searching for a pair of comfortable espadrille wedges for a while so when I spotted this $30 wedges (on sale); I went for it. The tie-up lace is a nice touch that you don’t often see in shoes.
I actually wore these shoes all day walking (and standing) around New York. Surprisingly, they held up all day. The wedges have the right heel height with enough platforms to keep your feet from bending in a weird angle for an extended time.
My romper comes in four distinct colors: two solid colors, a polka dot, and a floral print option. The romper is actually part of the resort collection from the blogger capsule collection between Gibson and blogger Cassie Freeman. Although it’s not the cheapest romper I’ve ever seen, the quality is right on par to Nordstrom.
The emphasis on easy, comfortably chic pieces like this sassy ruffle-hem romper makes this piece a winner. The romper features a surplice V-neck with hidden-snap closure to protect your ladies from prying eyes. You already know how I feel about pockets ??. This dressy romper has two pockets: one on either side. The removable belt is a nice touch that helps define your waist.
Thankfully, I took this suede moto jacket as an insurance against the cold. New York was in the 50s when we arrived with some occasional gusts of wind. So the outerwear moto jacket was a welcome touch.
On a date night even in the summer, evening time can get a little chilly. So having a nice jacket on hand, even if you end up not wearing it, is a plus. And a jacket adds depth to your entire outfit.
I’ll be honest that the moto jacket is not cheap. But it’s buttery soft and feels fantastic on the skin (non-itchy). The exact one I’m wearing is sold out but here’s another similar jacket by the same designer.
Because I’m all about the head wrap life, I tied a patchwork headscarf from Etsy (Read: 15+ Best African Head Wraps). Though unnecessary, I liked that the scarf added a unique but cute touch to my ensemble.
Finally, I accessorized with a set of layered bracelet with magnetic snap closure. I recently discovered Victoria Emerson wrap bracelets and now wear them on repeat. The bracelets are easy to wear, and they take the guesswork out of layering individual bracelets. This particular one I’m wearing is on sale for a limited time.
I am wearing:
Nordstrom romper (exact) | Platform espadrilles (exact) | Chandelier earrings (exact – on sale) | Snake print clutch (similar) | Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet (exact) | Eiffel tower necklace (similar) | Moto jacket (similar / similar) | Ankara head wrap (similar / similar)
LOOK #2: SUMMERY ROMPER WITH SNEAKERS
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I call this look the casual chic get-work-done outfit. Over the last few months, I’ve been more driven to dress for comfort without compromising on my style. I love practical everyday looks that are stylish and smart. And I know you guys can relate too.
It was a no-brainer when I spotted these sneakers (similar). I’ve had it since 2015 and always pull it out during the summer and fall months. Funny thing, I never really considered myself a sneakers girl.
The only reason I walked into the department store was to assist my elder sister in picking out a style. But, I fell in love with how these Chuck Taylor kicks looked on her. I tried one on and haven’t had any regrets buying a pair.
They do run large, so I recommend going down half a size. For this second look with this black dressy romper, I reverted to my black headwrap. I should probably buy a different color to have on rotation since I wear this scarf the most out of all the headscarves I own.
I also found this reflective sunnies (similar) in one of the goodie bags I got during the rewardStyle Conference last month. I thought the glasses added a lovely #bossbabe flair to my casual outfit. And per my twin sister’s request, I’m serving up my serious face ?.
Keeping to the theme of black and white, I chose this same quilted structured handbag. I also left my Victoria Emerson bracelet, and an Apple watch with leopard print straps to keep my hands from looking and feeling bare. What do you think about this dressed up casual look?
I am wearing:
Black romper (exact) | Stretch head wrap (exact) | Reflective round sunnies (similar) | Chandelier earrings (exact) | Eiffel tower necklace (similar) | Layered bracelet (exact) | Quilted purse (similar / similar) | Leopard print watch strap (exact) | Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers (similar)
LOOK #3: BLACK ROMPER WITH CUTE FLATS
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This look is for my ladies looking for a casual everyday outfit that can be worn to a laidback work environment, to run errands, and to hang out with friends. Other than my black dressy romper, do you spot a theme here? I’m wearing head wraps in all three outfits!
When you have short hair, there’s only so much you can do before you get tired of it. I’ve gone the wig route (and will probably mix things up with wigs) but I love wraps a lot more. Wearing headwraps does not require a lot of work. I tie the scarf and go versus having to style a wig and making sure it fits perfectly without being uncomfortable.
And you know I’ve also rocked my short hair. I’m growing my hair out at the moment to give it a break from dyes. I also have an amazing hair stylist in New Jersey helping me out. Braids are also an option, but I have a hard time keeping them past two weeks. Price-wise, it’s not very economical.
Anyways, I knew I needed a statement piece aside from the new ankara scarf that I bought from Walmart under $16! My bamboo earrings are definitely the piece de resistance with this chic outfit.
I topped off this practical outfit with a set of stackable gold bangles (similar) and an oldie crossbody bag I bought in college (over seven years old)! Here’s another versatile crossbody bag that’s affordable and would be an excellent match for this outfit.
I am wearing:
Summer romper (exact) | African print headwrap (exact) | Bamboo wooden earrings (exact) | Stackable bangles (similar) | Reflective round sunnies (similar) | Ruffle summer flats (exact) | Leopard print watch strap (exact) | Crossbody bag (similar / similar)
Photos by my twin sis
You’re probably going to see me style this black dressy romper in a few more ways as the weather gets warmer.
As promised, here are 15 stunning dressy rompers for summer that are under $50.
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