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This comfy-chic romper is the perfect lightweight outfit for balmy summer days

I've been wearing this at home, the store and everywhere in between.
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Unlike Trix, rompers aren't just for kids. While the popular one-piece certainly isn't a new trend, it seems to be catching on as the perfect summer alternative to a sleek jumpsuit.

My favorite romper will always be the design Taylor Swift wore to the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which Cosmopolitan called a "sparkly mermaid playsuit." But I couldn't afford a $250 romper then, and I certainly can't afford it now, especially if it's not practical enough to wear all the time. Taylor can rock that on stage, but I need a romper I can rock at home, the store and everywhere in between. Fortunately, I recently found one that's just $29.

Amazon Essentials Women's Studio Terry Romper

The Amazon Essentials terry romper has a 4.4 star average rating from over 1,300 reviews and is ranked on Amazon's list of bestselling jumpsuits. Since its initial release last year, Amazon has doubled its color options and even added an Ikat Animal design to its print selection, which also includes stars and stripes.

I chose the Charcoal Grey Heather shade since I wanted a neutral color I could wear with different shoes and accessories — including tools. One of the first places I wore this romper was at my brother's house, which is currently being renovated. I'm no fashionista, but I may have accidentally invented construction-chic.

Katie Jackson

Does not discriminate by body type

Like this trendy jumpsuit that fits women of all sizes, this romper appears not to discriminate by body type. I'm 5 feet 6 inches tall and 112 pounds, so I ordered a size XS. It fits just right after I use the adjustable drawstring to cinch the waist a little. Between the cinched waist and the V-neck, it actually looks quite feminine and flattering.

However, you don't have to be petite to feel comfortable in it. One reviewer with a self-proclaimed long torso says she normally has trouble finding rompers that are long enough. She explains that this one "fits great with a little wiggle room." Another review comes from a woman who ordered an XXL and refers to it as a sexy alternative to sweats.

Cute, comfy and workout-friendly

Katie Jackson

Much like we were quick to jump on the affordable jumpsuit train during quarantine last year, I think a lot of us are willing to hop on the romper railway this summer. This romper is cute enough that I can wear it during a casual Zoom call with clients and comfy enough to nap in or wear for a workout.

Technically, the romper is made of 57% viscose, 38% cotton and 5% elastane, but I would just describe the fabric as feeling like your favorite worn-in sweatshirt. However, since it's sleeveless, it's still breathable enough to wear on a balmy summer day or even as a beach cover-up.

My one (and only) complaint

My only complaint about this romper is that it doesn't come in even more colors. The second it comes out in a bright red or summertime yellow, I'm going to drop whatever I'm doing at the moment and order them. I'm also hoping Amazon is reading this and decides to make a sequined "sparkly mermaid" version. I know I have no chance of winning, but still, I think it would be fun to say I could play "Who wore it better?" with Ms. Swift.

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This article was originally published on July 16, 2020.