Coming home to California during winter break means that I get a bit of a reprieve from the windy, snowy, and all around miserable weather of the East Coast. On this sunny Bay Area winter day, I decided to revisit one of my fall staples and break out the overalls. When this trend first came back in style, I admit I was a bit skeptical. Overalls reminded me of my elementary school days and I didn’t think they had a place in an adult’s wardrobe. However, after seeing how different people were able to style the look in a mature and modern way, I decided to give them a try and pick up a black pair.
While there are many different items that can be paired with this piece, for this particular look I decided to go with a bright statement to contrast the head-to-toe black. This Kente cloth short sleeve button up perfectly did the trick. If this certain style isn’t for you, there are so many great patterned shirts out there that will help spice up not only overalls, but any other black clothing items as well.
For my shoes, I decided to go back to the all-black trend, as I wanted my shirt to be the most eye-catching article I was wearing. I went with the classic black and white Sk8-Hi Vans, which everyone has surely seen around their campus. If you don’t have this shoe in your collection, any neutral-colored Converse, Keds, or Adidas will work just as well.
Although San Francisco is warmer than most places in the U.S. right now, my short sleeve outfit still required a jacket to keep the cold air out. Here is where I incorporated perhaps the most used item in my wardrobe, my black leather jacket. In my opinion, this type of jacket is a must and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s that piece that you will use time and time again and that will only look more fashionable the longer you wear it. They also are extremely versatile, making them well worth the investment.
Finally, I finished off the look with minimalist jewelry. You will almost never catch me without a watch, so my gold Nixon was a must for this outfit, as it complements the yellow in my shirt very nicely. I also incorporated matching black and brown wooden bracelets from Rivet Revolution, an amazing company that donates a portion of its proceeds to Alzheimer’s research. While some may not believe in the mixing of black and brown accessories, I stand by the idea that all fashion “rules” should be played around with.