The Summer Playsuit: An Endorsement

09/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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This week's "Ask Hadley" column in The Guardian addresses the Great Playsuit Debate: are playsuits/rompers/onesies/whatever you choose to call them sartorially acceptable on women over 4? Yes they are, says Hadley.

There seems to be an instinctive kick of antipathy against the playsuit in this country and, frankly, I don't understand why. Shorts are now an accepted part of the summer sartorial landscape. What is not, in my esteemed opinion, is the too-short vest top that is often worn with the shorts, thereby baring the wearer's stomach to all and sundry. This, to my mind, is the greatest fashion crime of all, greater even than slogan T-shirts, heart-shaped sunglasses and hotpants, making Kimberly Stewart, fan of all of the above, the biggest (fashion) criminal in history, but we'll get back to that another time.

Anyway, the playsuit bypasses this gravely perilous risk because, well, there is no need to deal with a shirt at all, because it's all built in - you see? Amazing amazingness! What is this resentment against a garment that falls outside the dress/shirt/shorts/jeans bracket? People of Britain, shuck off your conservatism! Listen to David Miliband (who would look just brilliant in a playsuit): change is good! Heck, just talking about them makes me want to romp down a Mediterranean beach in the 1950s, ideally holding a beach ball aloft and smiling a smile that could out-dazzle them all.

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So the Style section went trolling on eBay and found a few great vintage pieces. Look, bid, and wear -- these little numbers are perfect for the dog days of summer.