Jumpers,Jumpsuits, Rompers: Which One Is It?

Trendy Rompers Contributor

Posted on October 10 2017

We've all heard about them but never actually did get the big difference  Or we just thought it was all the same thing with many names… like soda pop. Well, there is actually a difference and you better be careful. If you stumble upon the fashion police, they might have you arrested for misleading the public and causing chaos. So, we better get to it!


Ok, so according to fashion and style blogs AKA the ever evolving fashion constitution, a jumper could be categorize as one of these:

  1. Child's coverall 
  2. Sleeveless one-piece dress typically worn over a blouse

Let’s say we go for the most common definition as “a  sleeveless  dress, or a skirt with a bib and straps or with an open-sided bodice, usually worn over a blouse.” Alight, so basically overalls...(but they can still be trendy!)

But then when we use the omnipotent God of searches (come on, we all know it’s Google we’re talking about) almost everything that comes up is…sweaters, for both men and women. And the same thing happens with Pinterest. Why?

Well, fun fact: In England, the British call jumpers, "sweaters!"Ah-ha!

So, I guess it just really depends where you are. Tomato, tomahto.


Going back to the hunt for the right terminology, a jumpsuit is a lot easier to define:

  1. A one-piece garment consisting of a blouse or shirt with attached trousers.

We get that it's a one-piece garment, but if it has pants attached, it's called a jumpsuit. They are actually one of my favorite choices for the summer nights, you can never go wrong with a sexy backless number. And wearing them in the winter is my go-to, especially combined with something comfy, like fuzzy sweaters and cute ankle boots. Can you say cozy chic?

But wait a minute, if the jumpsuit has its trousers attached but not shorts, then what do we call that?


I thought we had it all covered, but there's only one missing question left: What is a romper? No, I'm not talking about the Spanish verb for "to break," although it sure would be easier to explain. And one does not simply answer this question without a thorough investigation (remember, we're trying to avoid the fashion police). Here’s what I got for you:

  1. A loose, one-piece garment combining a shirt or blouse and shorts, bloomer-like pants, worn by young children.
  2. A similar garment worn by women and girls for sports, leisure activity, etc.

The only thing we can say for sure is that a romper has attached shorts. It looks like a top, blouse or shirt perfectly tucked into shorts. The possibilities for this type of garment are endless – strapless, long sleeves, short sleeves, halter, with buttons, v-neck, off the shoulder…you name it.

So, we can’t call every jumpsuit a romper but can we call every romper…a jumpsuit?

I propose we stick to our definition and just call the short and casual ones rompers and the longer ones, jumpsuits.

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