Motel Suri Romper sz XS (free shipping & returns), Hermes belt
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! We ended up getting last Friday off at work as a surprise, so went on a last-minute trip to Chicago for fun with friends. It just so happened to be a final Grateful Dead concert or something and almost everything was booked, so special thanks to the Dana Hotel & Spa for accommodating us on short notice! We especially loved the rooftop bar with fire pits to warm up around.
I posted this romper on Instagram months ago when I was debating over keeping it. My style is more conservative, thus I wasn't sure how much bang for the buck I'd get out of a piece like this. However I loved the black & white pattern, the long sleeves to balance out the shorts, the pockets, and the feminine wrap-style neckline. It was my first time trying the British brand Motel, and the fit was surprisingly petite-friendly! I'm so glad I ended up keeping this, as I've worn it about a dozen times already since with either low sandals for daytime, or high heels for dinner and dancing.
Fit wise, I'm wearing a size XS regular here with just a few adjustments...
The proportions of the torso and shorts are actually great for someone with a shorter stature. On me, you can see the shorts look noticeably less short and risque than on the model. The V-neck is deep, though, so for those who want more coverage, you can add a safety pin at the neckline like I did here. The waist has an elasticized part with clasp button and was pretty fitted on me. This resulted in a flattering silhouette with a cinched waistline against the blousier top and shorts. The sleeves were a few inches too long for me and was probably the only sign of it being a regular sizing piece. I've been wearing them folded up at the cuffs and pushed up in lieu of getting alterations.
Measurements of an XS: 15" from top of shoulder to waistline, and approximately 30" total length. The waistband when unstretched is 12" across, and the sturdy wide elastic stretches to about 15" across. Sleeves are about 23" long.
Another thing I'm loving about rompers is that no brainpower is needed at all about how to style or put together the outfit. On the flip side, do be warned that extra time is needed for going to the bathroom while wearing a conjoined piece ; ) I've kept my eyes peeled over the past few months for a sale on this to share about, but no such luck - it already sold out once at full price and just got restocked in XS, so if you're looking for a fun summer piece, don't miss out!