Truth time: I have been having a secret affair. Who has been the subject of my obsession? Well, it is not so much a “who” as it is a “what.” And that “what” are overalls. I have been devouring street style snapshots and scouring my favorite online shops for their take on this trend. And as much as I love overalls, I have been too afraid to fully embrace it in fear that my friends may giggle and ridicule me.
But this Fashionista has inspired me to come clean about my love for overalls. The overall is a garment with a rich history. What started as protective garment for mechanics, overalls became popular for children in the 1930s. In the ’60s and ’90s, mainstream fashion embraced overalls as a must-have fashion item. And, with the resurgence of the ’90s punk movement, overalls are once again an “it” item for Fashionistas to sport.
But just because overalls are a thing of the past, doesn’t mean they can’t be reimagined and modernized. What it comes down to is a matter of styling. Take this Fashionista, for example. Her short version is playful and chic for a busy day of class or errands. The added cuff at the bottom and undone shoulder strap take the look from cheesy to cool with those few simple changes.
The rest of the outfit makes the overalls appear classically Americana. From her striped T-shirt to her white Converse high-tops to this Fashionista’s oversized black bag, the look is trendy without looking overworked or over-thought.
This week, embrace a secret trend you have been admiring from afar. Whether it be overalls or something even more daring, get over your fear and start of this new semester with courage and style.