Playsuits: Some Guidance

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's that time of year! When things start to get really sweaty, and the fashion choices start to get really perplexing. Don't get me wrong, winter was a really confusing time for me too, what with all the leggings-as-pants and tights-as-leggings.

But heat will cause normal, thinking people to make really bad clothing decisions, the worst of which (IMHO) is:

The playsuit.

These things are everywhere right now, which is dangerous because it means they can be on everyONE right now. Where shorty pajamas, overalls, and bodysuits meet, that's where you'll find the playsuit. Before Urban Outfitters started selling them, no one over the age of three had worn one. In fact, I suspect they had to drastically alter the pattern once they discovered the style was designed to accommodate a disposable diaper.

Not only are they unpleasant to look at, they're inaccurately named. No one outside of Joy School has ever been able to "play" in one of these things. Shoulder to hem, they're 18 inches TOPS. Unless you've developed a sophisticated style of play that doesn't include lifting your arms, the best you're going to do in this suit is stand. Or maybe Riverdance.

Anyway, I thought I'd offer some guidance to those still considering the playsuit as a wardrobe option this summer. Please share this with all of your friends (over three).