They’re back, and they’re not just for farmers, mechanics or snapback wearing toddlers from the ’90s. Overalls have made a major revival, but now they’re purchased for their fashion appeal more than for their utilitarian nature. When they first came into existence, overalls were designed to cover the wearer’s legs completely in order to protect him or her while working. Now that overalls have entered the fashion world, they have evolved to include variations such as shortalls and skirtalls, which crop the long pants into shorts and skirts respectively.
Whether you wear them with only one strap buckled like Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or if you choose a fun pair shortalls one day, this fun, bold fashion choice is a must-try. Overalls are perfect for those days when you don’t want to use a purse because the nifty front and side pockets give you plenty of spots to store your phone, camera or money. Overalls that have been hand cut into shortalls, like the ones that this Fashionista is wearing, are popular in Europe. Stores like Goodwill sell old donated overalls for unbelievably low prices, similar to what you would pay for a pair of high-waisted mom jeans to cut into shorts. If you always happen to leave resale stores like Goodwill empty-handed with crushed hopes of finding cool vintage treasures, try something like this distressed pair of overalls, which makes it look like you cut them yourself. If you’re into skater skirts, then try mixing it up with a flirty overall dress; or if you are looking for a way to rock overalls at night, get in touch with your edgy side with a black coated denim pair.
After deciding on what style of overalls suit your fancy, think about the kind of vibe you want to go with when choosing what to wear your overalls with. If you opt for a patterned pair of overalls, go for a simple, basic crop top and Converse or combat boots to balance out the pattern. However, don’t feel like you can only wear closed toed shoes with overalls. If you’re going for a more feminine look, wear your overalls with a flowy white blouse, strappy gold sandals and a floppy hat. Feeling nostalgic thinking about wearing your blue overalls and Disney T-shirt to preschool back in the day? Get in touch with your inner ’90s child by pairing your overalls with a funky graphic T-shirt. If you were more into the grungy side of that decade, overalls look killer when worn with either a snapback or a beanie with a flannel wrapped around your waist.
Captured: I scoped out this Fashionista’s fun outfit when I was shamelessly people watching in the Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia, Spain.