When it comes to tricky wardrobe items, rompers rank right up there with gaucho pants and overalls. From a fit perspective, it can be difficult to find one that works with your torso, leg length and bust. And, of course, it certainly doesn’t help that the piece’s many different names—romper, playsuit, onesie—all have annoyingly childish connotations. It’d be tempting to write off the romper as one of those impossible trends that only elementary schoolers or Zooey Deschanel could pull off.
In fact, however, the right romper can look every bit as polished and chic as a great minidress or sleek matching top-and-shorts set. The first step, obviously, is finding one that flatters your form and makes you feel comfortable (Pro tip: If it leaves you with a permanent wedgie, do not purchase). I also find that forgoing anything with thick elastic bands (either atop the bust, if it’s a strapless onesie, or around the waist), abundant ruffles or smocking is a smart move—that is, unless you’re playground-bound. And while playsuits in fabrics like terry or clingy jersey may be comfy, they tend to cheapen the look. Your best bet, if you’re looking to dip a toe in the one-piece pond this season, is to consider one of the 19 surprisingly sophisticated rompers in the slideshow above. A mix of long-sleeved lace numbers, strappy summery stunners and (almost) office-appropriate tailored options, all of them would make a great—and grown-up!—addition to your closet.