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Fashion Fusion | Dress up or down a playful romper

Critics wildly decried the romper last year as an impossible comeback. But a brave and daring few brought the trend to stores, and fashionistas indulged. Now they’ve caught on, mostly for practical reasons.

True to its namesake, the romper, originally designed as play clothes for children, is made for romping around without worry. The modern, grown-up take is perfect for the park, pool or bicycling.

The floral print romper from Leonard’s spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection has an airy look that seems fit for lounging around. A romper is also a trusty alternative to a cover-up during swimsuit season.

The Nikki Grant Boutique in Westport carries a versatile romper that translates well into nighttime. Owner Nikki Grant said the secret to taking the romper from day to night is in the shoes.

“Dress it down with a pair of really cute gladiator sandals during the day,” she said. “For night, I’d dress it up with a pair of strappy nude sandals.”