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Are you man enough to wear a romper?

A Chicago-based startup has launched an all-or-nothing campaign to make a fashion dream -- or nightmare depending on your POV -- come true.

A Kickstarter campaign for RompHim by Aced Design offers rompers for men -- as in not a romp(h)er . Get it?

Billed as the new favorite summer outfit for men seeking something that is not " too corporate, too fratty, too runway or too basic," RompHim creators say the cotton onesies can be worn to everything from concerts to the beach to the bar.

While Esquire, the men's fashion magazine, has sounded the alarm -- the one that warns any man in his right mind to completely avoid this trend -- that hasn't stopped hundreds of guys from making hefty investments in this new attire.

So far, the campaign, which had a goal of $10,000 has reached over $100,000 which means it is highly likely that you'll be seeing a bunch of guys wearing colorful rompers with a zipper fly and an adjustable waist tab this summer. The brand offers several styles including a limited-edition, red, white and blue romper for July 4th.

For now, you can spy guys in all their bro-tastic glory wearing rompers to Coachella, Cubs games, the Kentucky Derby and more on the brand's IG account:

The thing about rompers though, is that they are a tough sell even to their intended market of women, babies and kids age 6 and under. They can add several minutes to a bathroom break. And an ill-fitting romper can leave even the most stylish woman with all sorts of fashion don'ts.

It looks like this is actually going to happen, but men adventurous enough to engage better be ready. Social media is already calling out RompHim supporters (who were in the minority on social media) for their poor fashion judgement:

Atlanta-rapper, Young Dro, was snapped wearing what appeared to be a floral romper. It is more likely a coordinated shirt and swim trunks with the shirt tucked in, but that didn't stop Twitter from going in on his RompHim-esque style:

So, what do you think? Should the romphim become a trend or not? Take our poll and let us know!

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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.