By Billy T. Hernandez, Clarion Contributor
There is a new fashion craze in town, and it looks like this:
The ManRamp or the RompHim is basically a male romper. Rompers are an outfit traditionally worn by women, defined by its looseness and attached shorts and shirt. ManRamps have seen a recent explosion in popularity, from actual fashion to general media coverage to even becoming a meme. But why?
Well there are a few reasons. The weather is getting warmer, ushering in romper-wearing season and women have been wearing rompers for years. However, the main reason for this rapid growth was the recent launch of a Kickstarter campaign by ACED Design called The RompHim: your new favorite summer outfit. The campaign asked for $10,000 in funding to start their line of male rompers, but at the time of writing they have received over $350,000 and their campaign is still open for pledges until June 13. Their design includes an adjustable waist, button-up shirt, breast pocket, and most importantly, a zipper fly so you don’t have to take the whole thing off to use the bathroom.
While the RompHim has received plenty of support and funding, there is also a fair share of criticism and skepticism. Surprisingly, this is not done in the memes which are actually often positive and acknowledge the attractiveness of ManRamps. Negative articles were written by Esquire, The Independent, Men’s Health, and ABC WNEP. Many ridicule the name RompHim, the design, and the questionable masculinity of wearing one. Even the Kickstarter campaign has to defend the masculinity: “Is it a romper designed for men? Sure. But it’s also pretty damn comfortable, and it may just be the start of a fashion revolution.”
Whether it becomes a fashion revolution or a short lived trend, ManRamps are real and loud and pushing the boundaries of fashion and gender restrictions. You can try and ignore them, but the thousands of Instagram followers and Kickstarter donors suggest that this isn’t just a flash in the pan.