Some things you wish could be left in the past: your first zit, your first crush, and your first time plucking your eyebrows. But what if I asked you about your first pair of overalls? Whether you remember them at age 5 or whether your first pair rang in at age 13 (they were all the rage in ‘98, too), there’s a chance that you’re nervous about reliving that part of your younger wardrobe. If that’s the case, the current overall trend might be just as confusing as it is cute, no?
I take trends with a grain of salt too, and as much as I adored my Old Navy overalls in middle school, I didn’t exactly welcome back the overall trend with open, open arms when it started to reappear a year or so ago. However, watching designers, celebrities, and bloggers reinvent an old school staple and do it_so_ much justice took these babies off the list of fashion no-no and over to fashion-forward. Ahead, we highlight four tips to wearing overalls…and not letting your overalls wear you.
1. Fit is everything. If you’re wondering why your old overalls from kid-hood don’t look anything like the ones on the runway, it isn’t the heels, the shiny bright lights, or the fact that models are – well, models. Much like a good blazer, the cute overalls of today, currently at Asos and TopShop, usually come in a more tailored, close to the body fit than the baggies of yester years past. In this one instance, avoid vintage and get a pair that fit properly and close to the body.
2. Consider shortalls or overall dresses. Caftans, maxi dresses, overalls – clothing that involves a lot of fabric can be a little overwhelming to the body as well as intimidating to style. If you’re nodding in agreement to this statement, try a pair of shortalls or an overall dress for the same effect, but with less material.
3. Pick up a pair in a novel material or color. Another difference between these new babely overalls and your OshKosh? Overalls are now available in unexpected materials, like leather, and in unexpected colored denim. Experiment, because you certainly don’t have to do overalls in baby blue if you don’t want to.
4. Top it off with a cropped shirt. While getting the right overalls is key, what you wear with your overalls will make (or break) your outfit. To make the overall ensemble look more grown up, wear it with a crop top, bandeau, or other for-big-kids-only shirt, and finish with heels.
So are you inspired or way ahead of me? Would you wear a pair of overalls? Sound off in the comments below!