What’s the Difference between a Jumpsuit, Romper and Playsuit?

Those who have little girls would probably agree with the fact that they love to dress nicely from an early age. Even at the age of two, little girls already have their own demands when it comes to clothing, where dresses and rompers are their main choice. Maybe it’s because of the way these pieces look or the way they make them feel while wearing them, but these two types of children clothes are the most sought-after.

Now, when it comes to rompers, parents usually get confused by the choice as there are lots of them to choose from plus they run by different names. For instance, there are rompers, jumpsuits and playsuits, and almost all of them look the same. Although pretty similar, they differ from each other, and here’s that in more detail.


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By definition, a jumpsuit is a one-piece garment with sleeves and legs. However, these days a jumpsuit is considered a garment that incorporates a top (with or without sleeves) and a bottom (trousers) in one piece. The first appearance of a jumpsuit in the world of fashion was back in 1919 when a Florentine artist Thayat designed the first piece for parachuters and sky divers. This one-piece clothing became so popular that fashion designers started re-designing it and slowly but surely it became a favourite among women. Just like for adults, parents can choose such onesie for their kids as well, ranging in size, fit, style, fabric and pattern. Embroidery, lace, prints, ruffles and flower patterns are just some of the many details to choose from, which can significantly ease the choice. A thing to remember when choosing such children clothes for a little girl is making sure to choose the right size as to allow freedom of movement while walking, running or playing. What’s more, fashion designers even recommend buying one size bigger as it’s better for it to be bigger than to limit their movements.


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Playsuits are usually defined as short-sleeved top and shorts all-in-one. However, these days children playsuits usually consist of trousers and a jacket that has a front zipper. These can also go under the name of tracksuits and were mainly designed for athletes to wear over competition clothing. Once again, the choice of colour, fabric and pattern is personal preference, however, making sure you choose the right fit and a pleasant material should be the first things on the list when looking for the right type. Otherwise, you might end up buying an amazing looking one-piece playsuit that your child won’t be able to wear because it’ll make her uncomfortable.



Also known as ‘onesies’, rompers are a loose one-piece garment that consists of a shirt or blouse with shorts that look like bloomer pants. Rompers are extremely versatile and can be combined with denim jackets. Generally speaking, they are made from lightweight and breathable materials that allow girls to move comfortably, ideal for playing.

Except for these three types of ‘onesies’, one can also take into account jumpers. These children clothes are sleeveless one-piece dresses usually worn over a blouse. Jumpers have been present on the fashion market since ever and are popular with both toddlers and teenagers. Usually made of denim and available in a range of colours, jumper dresses are simple types of children clothes that can be worn over t-shirts, shirts and crop tops, making them ideal for different occasions.

The thing that makes parent buy one-piece children clothing pieces is that they’re ideal for those days when you don’t have the time to think of a two-piece outfit combo. What’s more, they are easy to put on and great for infants that are still wearing diapers as they’ll hold the diaper in one place. Besides this, parents love them as children can freely play, crawl, climb and run in them. All of these types of one-piece children clothes can be perfectly paired with sneakers, boots, sandals and flats.

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When it comes to the choice of fabrics, parents should stick to the natural types (organic if possible) as the ones that have been treated with chemicals can lead to some serious health issues. One of the most popular, most commonly used and most pleasant types of materials parents choose is cotton. Generally speaking, cotton fabric is breathable and transmits moisture away from the body and that makes it great for children as they tend to sweat a lot when playing.

Additionally, cotton has great thermo-insulating properties that keep the body cool in summer and warm in winter. This means that this fabric has the ability to trap air between its fibres which additionally leads to greater comfort. Except for this, cotton is considered a hypoallergenic fabric, one that doesn’t irritate the skin which makes it great for people with skin allergies. The last but not least reason why parents tend to choose cotton is because of its durability. Cotton has high tensile strength which makes it durable and strong – ideal for kids. A fun fact is that it is 30% stronger when wet which means that it can last for a long period of time.

Author: Michael Hobbs

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