Originated in the 18th century as the hallmark of the lower class, overalls become a fashion staple for many women. Whether you’re aiming for a trendy style, or looking for a comfortable weekend outfit, keep on reading for our ultimate guide to women’s overalls.
Go for a fabric or textile that suits your lifestyle.
Overalls today can be made of several different types of fabrics however, the most popular is denim. If you’re a fan of casual jeans and tee, resorting to denim overalls can make your street style more effortless. Fashion overalls may be made of several other materials, including cotton, leather, and synthetic fabrics and sometimes they’re referred to as jumpsuits or rompers. If you usually go to brunch with friends or dinner dates, going for overalls made from fine fabrics like lace, velvet, and such can be great. Like fashion blogger Jenny Bernstein, complete your romantic looks with a puff-sleeved lace blouse that can do the tricks for you.
Opt for a fit that flatters your body type.
Traditional overalls were designed to be worn over another layer of clothing to offer the clothing protection, so they were loose and baggy. As overalls came into style and started to be worn for looks rather than utility, the fit of the garment tightened and modern overalls nowadays are often slimmer and accentuate the body curves rather than hanging from it. Still, the waist of the overalls should fit at the wearer’s natural waist while the bib should lie against the stomach and chest without being uncomfortably tight or sagging. A petite woman should stick with shortalls and skirtalls. Like fashion blogger Aimee Song, go for denim shortalls to elongate your leg line as too much denim can make a petite woman look smaller. On the contrary, tall women should make sure the overalls they choose are not too short.
Select the style that suits your personality.
Modern overalls are available in several different styles, though the most common are those whose bottoms reach the floor, like pants. If you’re looking for a classic American style, copy fashion blogger Blair Eadie’s look by going for a Breton striped sweater teamed with cuffed overalls. For a sexy statement, opt for a skinny fit of overalls with a backless style like Micah Gianneli did, making your sexy looks effortlessly cool. Overalls are also available in a shorter version that’s called shortalls, which consist of shorts of any length on the bottom with a bib and straps on top. Also, a similar version, with bib and straps on top and a skirt on the bottom are often called skirtalls or overall dresses.
Make a fashion statement with printed overalls.
Apart from fabrics, there are printed overalls that can make a bolder statement effortlessly. Like fashion blogger Danielle Bernstein, think of leopard print, plaids, animal patterns, floral prints, checks, and such that will look creative enough. Or, channel some flirty vibe like fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, wearing striped silk overalls teamed with an off-shoulder top. Indeed, overalls are great pieces that make a bold statement while keeping you comfortable.