1930s , 1940s and 1950s were the heyday decades of an iconic summer clothing style: the vintage playsuit. Also called a vintage romper today, the playsuit was a coverup worn over swimsuits at the beach or pool. They were so comfortable that women wore them at home, too — without the swimsuits underneath, of course. Combine a short sleeve or sleeveless top and a pair of short shorts or skirt, give it a summery or nautical theme, and you have a vintage playsuit! They are so fun and easy to wear in the summer. While popular with 50s pinup and rockabilly girls, anyone can wear a vintage playsuit thanks to a revival of the romper into mainstream fashion.
While most vintage rompers are inspired by looser styles of the ’70s and ’80s, vintage ’50s playsuits are still being made today. Learn about the history of mid century rompers and playsuits here.
Vintage Rompers, Playsuits