STYLE GURU STYLE: The Perfect Overalls

All hail the power of overalls. Whether you dress them down or up, they are impeccably comfortable to wear all day long. In addition, they can be worn year-round during mild summer outings and thrown over tights in the winter. This type of versatility is a major deciding factor when it comes to my own shopping practices, as I don’t purchase clothing that I can’t imagine wearing multiple ways. Plus, if I can’t visualize wearing an item with a majority of the other items in my wardrobe, I won’t purchase it. I’d like to think this helps avoid impulse shopping; although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have an urge to buy more mustard yellow clothing after seeing these overalls.

For such a strong and unconventional color, I found it best to wear my overalls with neutral colors like Jaeger London’s spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection. Throughout the collection, hues of yellow serve as the focal point against navy and cream colored clothing. In particular, a Parisian-chic look featuring mustard culottes and a wide-brimmed hat inspired my look for the day.

Keeping the Jaeger stripe theme in place, I paired my overalls with a simple striped T-shirt. I almost always wear my black River Island fedora (guilty), but there’s something about pairing them with overalls that instantly channels the same Parisian street look. For my other accessories, I opted for a minimal black purse to carry light essentials and a turquoise beaded necklace. My favorite thing about this statement necklace is that I can wear it low enough to avoid being tucked inside my overalls.

Get My Look: 1. Colored overalls. 2. Minimal boxy purse. 3. Turquoise statement necklace.