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A Styled Side secret: Bros have been rocking rompers for years

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As you kick back and relax this Memorial Day weekend, you want to be comfortable, right?

But for guys, maybe a shirt and shorts are too simple. So what if - like chocolate and peanut butter -they were put together? 

You may have seen it online recently... it's a romper... (gasp) for men. And it's created a lot of chatter. 

"We are talking about a jumpsuit," says Michelle Dalton Tyree of Fashion Trends Daily. "But with shorts instead of a pant."

Rompers for women have been popular for sometime now but a romper specifically for men went viral last week when a Kickstarter campaign started by Aced Design took off. Their product: the RompHim.  And they bill it as  "your new favorite summer outfit that will turn heads and break hearts." 

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"Southern California designers have actually helped to popularize it in recent years," said Tyree. So, despite the online uproar of late, they've been in circulation for the last few seasons. 

You can purchase them at local places like Mr. Turk's, the menswear side of Trina Turk. "They debuted a pant version in 2014," said Tyree. "And it sold so well that they launched a short jumpsuit in the spring of 2015 and it's been a huge hit for the mens brand."

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Mr. Turk designer, Jonathan Skow isn't a big fan of characterizing them as rompers. He's concerned that branding them that way could hurt retailers who were doing fine selling them before calling them rompers went viral. "It also kind of changes what to me was always this steady income business into this crazy fad that everyone seems to mostly hate, said Skow. "So it kind of makes it feel like a flash in the pan as opposed to just something that's kind of fun and comfortable to wear." 

Not only have male rompers been on the market in recent years, it's also hardly a new concept to men's fashion. One piece outfits for men were popular in the 1960's and 1970's. Sean Connery famously wore a short, blue terry romper as James Bond in Goldfinger.  

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Actor Sean Connery, Ian Fleming and actress Shriley Eaton on the set of "Goldfinger". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actor Sean Connery, Ian Fleming and actress Shriley Eaton on the set of "Goldfinger". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

Rompers not your style? Tyree said there are definitely seeing other trends in men fashion this season. In the mix?  Summer weight jeans, baseball caps, watches with fabric bands in preppy colors, and lots of color. "We're definitely seeing a '90's style coming back in," said Tyree. "A lot of street style." 

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