4.13.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Becca 'Kaleidoscope' Strapless Terry Romper for Less

Darlings, there are very few fashions that excite me to a point where I find myself counting down the days until the weather is just right for accoutering myself in them. Especially when the style in question makes me long for sultry weather that simply screams for barely-there shorts, and easy breezy tanks which flutter around your form in a fashion synonymous to that of a newly hatched butterfly emerging from it’s cocoon, and spreading its wings for the very first time. Yet the romper falls into this very category.

While sporting a cut that I have not found myself donning since my days of frolicking within the confines of a playground sandbox; the romper has become the object of my affection. The singular style that makes my heart skip a beat, and leaves me wishing night and day for the fast arrival of summer just so that I can wear them; despite the fact that I am a girl who typically adores the cool breezes which so often accompany the arrival of fall. But not all rompers fit the bill. The piece in question must be constructed of the playful, pastel shades one associates with the cool creativity of the warmer months, coupled with a sophisticated aesthetic. Becca’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ Strapless Terry Romper fulfills both of these prerequisites to a T.

Frisky in its design, the blouson bodice shaped by the drawstring waist creates a svelte silhouette; while the scalloped embellishment trimming the strapless terry romper adds a whimsical effect to the style, which is only made stronger by its eye-catching, confetti color – a sure sign that the wearer is destined to encounter all sorts of celebratory good times when wearing such a garment, whether experienced via a beachside bonfire or saucy soiree which calls for dancing barefoot through an elegant hotel ballroom.

‘Tis truly a shame that a creation capable of ingratiating itself into any and all situations that one may find themselves encountering during the course of their smoldering summer vacation, should be somewhat overpriced. For at $68.00, the ‘Kaleidoscope’ Strapless Terry romper is quite a bit out of the budget range for the average Joe (or rather, the average Jane). Forever 21’s Basic Tube Top Romper, on the other hand, is perfectly priced for the frugal fashionista.

Yes my loves, I realize that the Basic Tube Top Romper lacks the drawstring waist and scalloped edging of its high-priced bestie; but at $8.80, it’s a cheery compromise to the Becca beauty that will brighten up your wardrobe in no time flat!

Which role have you decided to undertake on this terrific Tuesday, kittens? Tightwad or spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Nordstrom and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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72 comments

Francy said...

I don't know...I might invest in the more expensive one this time. I just love all the little details. It really makes the look in the case to me!

I love rompers, though. I actually have a little collection!

Leah said...

I don't look good in rompers so I will definitely take the cheaper route.

Happy Tuesday Erika! xoxo

Maddy said...

Maybe when I lose a few extra lbs, I'll be able to squeeze into one of these rompers. But my vote is for the F21 $8 one! Can't go wrong with that price tag:)

Rachel said...

I'm not sure how good I would look in a romper, but I've definitely been wanting to try one out. Both of these look really pretty, but I think I'll save some cash and go with the Forever 21 version!

Hope said...

That is such a great find! I love the color too!

janettaylor said...

Perfect for home! :)

amy anne said...

OMG. it's love! That is adorable and I just love the turquoise color...thanks for sharing.

Nicole Marie said...

i so wish i could wear a romper. my hips are just too wide. sad.

Sara Bentley said...

These are really adorable -- and just perfect for that picnic you mentioned a couple days ago! :)

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nookie said...

I actually like the forever21 more:)

Leia said...

gorgeous romper! I don't own one yet (I'm scared of wearing shorts!) but maybe it's time to try one on...

xoxoKrysten said...

Sadly, I need to be a tightwad. Grr.

Couture Carrie said...

What an amazing deal, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Valerie said...

I agree, it's so hard to get on board with summer clothes until the weather permits. That terry romper would make me swoon anytime of year though! LOVE that color!

Tasha said...

$8.80 is such a good price! I like the shininess to the color of the more expensive one though!

Josie said...

The color is what really draws me to both of these gorgeous rompers, but the details in the Becca one are hard to beat!
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Melanie said...

The color and details are lovely on this one, especially with her skin. Aesthetically I like the more expensive one better. The details make it look more fashionable, in my opinion.

Good lust/must find, by the way!

Unravelled Threads

Dancing Branflake said...

I remember you saying that you were going to live in Rompers in the summer. Confession- I have never owned one! But, I can imagine myself wearing them to rehearsal. How cute would that be with some ballet shoes?

Melissa Blake said...

Oh, that color is perfect!!

Style, via TIa said...

I am a tightwad today all the way. Even though the cheaper version is missing the drawstring I like it better.

The Obsessionista said...

Love it! Love it! Didn't even know that it was a look for less, but that F21 romper is in my cart as we speak!

The Blonde Duck said...

I prefer mini skirts to rompers. Particularly ruffled ones.

veronicaa said...

SUPER cute.
I have one in black and grey but not in terrycloth! Great for the beach.
Xoxo Veronica
fashi0npassi0n.blogspot.com

Sara Lynn said...

TO me the F21 one looks identical! I really want a romper too, but I don't think this one would look that great on me. I love the color though :)

I totally wish that you lived in MI!! I think you would be the best person to go shopping with :)

Cat said...

Yes!!! This romper look is so comfy looking, yet I am not sure if I have the guts to rock it.

That being said, I would love to take the "tightwad" route and "try it on for size" :)

Happy Tuesday!

K said...

Oh wow! It's similar enough with that color!

Kristin said...

Perfects swimsuit coverup! I wonder how I would look in it...hmmmmm.

Iva said...

I LOVE these posts you do Erika! You always find practically identical pieces! thank you! ;) Hope you are having a nice week! Happy Tuesday!

sharonlei said...

Rompers are awesome! The scalloped trim on the first one is darling, but on the budget that I'm on right now I'll choose the one from F21 :)

Happy Tuesday Erika!

xx Love & Aloha

Clare said...

Can I but both? I will just get them in different colors. I just want every jumper I can get my greedy little hands on!
xoxoxo

nuheila said...

Love this romper-perfect for summer!



Nuheila

Midtown Girl said...

I am sooo getting a romper this year - and this color is just perfect!

Aury said...

Oh darling I dream of Kaleidoscope's romper, the exquisite details make it impossible for me to compare it to another. One day, it will be mine :)

Happy Tuesday dearest!

AH said...

i think i'd want both! but i'm not sure i can pull off a romper...

Nubiasnonsense said...

I love this color romper its great! I actually love rompers in general so i can't wait till I start wearing some.. I really like the details on the more expensive one though grr

Tights Lover said...

Wow, I love the tube rompers that you've profiled here. And what a great price on the Forever 21 option. I love that store!!

ellie said...

I love these this time of year and summer. Great price too!

Senorita Fashionista said...

OMG, we are on the same brain waves today.. I was just inquiring into where to get another romper on my post today! You're the best! xoxo

Jen said...

Hhhhmmm... I must say, rompers are not really my thing. Although, I love the sea green shade for a holiday in the sun! The F21 is my favourite.

J. said...

Love the color and the price of F21, but the details of the first one more special...though I'm not sure it's $68.00 more special...

The Pink Tutu said...

Cute! I like the first one with the scallop edge detailing. It would be fun to wear to the pool!

Sherin said...

I am going to be living in rompers for the next few months. I think they are an amazing trend. I definitely prefer the Forever 21 one!

Mara said...

how cute! I love the color. I just found an awesome floral romper the other day that I can't wait to wear :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Holy hell. I had to stare at the F21 price for a few minutes to realize you were being serious. Less than ten dollars?! Um, I need to get my butt over to the mall asap! :P

Shop N' Chomp said...

The scalloped edging is too cute. I say splurge!

Taj Acosta said...

um ya totally going for the cheap one! Hello! It's just as cute and it's most likely something you would wear to the beach or pool so why go bananas! Save the $ for the shoes! lol Great color btw! xoxo

Charlie ♥ said...

i love these little short jumpsuits, i have one in black, but i think i need a more brighter one for the summer ;)



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Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Love the color!! I really like the F21 one! I got a cute romper of theirs a few weeks ago- can't wait to wear it!

Emily said...

the more expensive one is looking more appealing to me. I love the sheen on it!

xoxo

Fashion Court said...

i personally wouldn't wear it - but i think rompers are SO cute!

Jodes said...

Aw, your comment made me grin like mad! Thanks so much. I have also added you to my favorites - true blog soulmates for sure.

I love rompers for summer because even though I ALWAYS wear dresses, rompers let you picnic and ride your bike without panty flashes. A much apprecited touch of class.

Love&Light!

Elle said...

I'm sooo excited to rock out in rompers as it gets warmer1 I love that color and how can you resist that price!

Ashley said...

That Forever 21 romper is such a good knockoff, and such an incredible price! I'd definitely go for that one. Love the color of both rompers, too!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Meg said...

Cool find! Great price too.

bananas. said...

forever is the best for rompers...only problem is they don't last long.

but for $10 or so, it really doesn't matter :)

Rick said...

I love the color, Erika. And you know I think a lady showing off the shoulders is flirty/sexy :) Hope you are having a great week!

Amanda Lee said...

The Kaleidoscope Strapless Terry Romper is definately the way to go!

the cutout at the bottom looks SUPER cute. a MUSt buy!

xx
a.

amandalee-x.blogspot.com

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Price tag good but I really like the scalloped edges on the other one. These are the tough decisions us girls have to make sometimes. ;)

sinnlighet said...

What incredibly beautiful blog you have! My compliments!

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Sootjeelina said...

I love the romper, the colour is so beautiful :D

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Sootjeelina said...

I love it :D
The colour is so beautiful!

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

English Rose ♥ said...

Rompers don't suit me but I adore the colour!

Merci beaucoup for stopping by darling =]

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

pixelhazard said...

I've been good and bought nothing...it does help that i'm currently in the middle of nowhere, where the only beautfiul things are furniture and the bushland

Ladyulia said...

yes,,,
Just like Rick
I love the colour,,,,

xoxo
YULIA RAHMAWATI
Get Up,Survive, Go Back To The Bed

Ladyulia said...

Agree with Rick
the colour is gorgeous,,,

xoxo
YULIA RAHMAWATI
Get Up,Survive, Go Back To The Bed

Christina Lee said...

Not a fan of either (or any rompers) but I bet you'd look fab!

gleenn said...

This is a perfect summer outfit. very girly :)

All Women Stalker said...

Scalloped edges are my weakness. I'd have to go the expensive route. Hahaha

daisychain said...

I'm not a fan of this type of romper but I do love your picks x

COCAMIA said...

I absolutely adore rompers! They can be very versatile and wearable. Great Post Erika...xx

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Great find!!! I feel like this one though might be one where I spring for the 68 bucks- I like the intricacies of the expensive ones but such a great find.

J. ♥ said...

I love the rompers. They're so in and look great.

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