How to Wear Overalls (& Make Them Look Chic!)

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Another flashback from the ’90s brings back an old favorite, overalls! It’s a hot trend this summer and style-savvy ladies such as Hilary Duff, Diane Kruger, and Olivia Palermo are rocking this classic garment from the streets of New York to the beaches of California. Forget everything you thought you knew about this blast from the past and embrace the modern overall: leather and denim, skinny and baggy, distressed and polished, or even embellished.

How in the world can you pull off wearing overalls? Well, you’re in luck, we’re here with the cool chick’s guide to this tricky summer trend.

For a laid-back look try pairing your overalls with a basic tee (for added cool points throw on a vintage rocker tee) with converse or colorful pointed flats. Keep the accessories to a minimum, allowing the overalls to be the center of attention. Traditional jean overalls work best for this look, with either a long or short pant leg. For a street style vibe, pick a distressed pair with some character. Potential outfit add-ons include chunky shoes, soft pattern crop-tops, long sweaters, pointed ladylike heels, or a thick cardigan. The goal is to keep it simple yet stylish.


If you’re looking for an edgier look, try pairing your overalls with a sweatshirt, a beanie, and some high tops (or our fav new trend: white sneaks). Different colors and fabrics can add to the look, such as leather or black overalls.  If you’re feeling a little bit daring unbutton one or both straps and let them hang down to your sides. Potential add-ons include a micro-backpack, embellished cap, or chunky high heels for an alternative touch.


For a more feminine style, mix and match light colored tops with coordinating accessories. Choose light colors or pastels, a cropped leg, minimalist details, or an overall mini dress. Pattern-wise, try a faded floral, acid wash, or simple polka-dots. You can dress up or dress down the outfit with accessories to your liking for this style. Potential outfit add-ons include strappy sandals, silken shirts, beach-inspired hats, or sheer socks for a girly look.


Who said overalls are child’s play? Last but not least, try overalls at the office. Spruce up your go-to daywear by pairing them with heels, button-ups, and ladylike accessories for a sophisticated look. To keep this utilitarian look polished and #girlboss worthy, wear a neutral colored overall or one with subtle designs like pinstripes. Potential add-ons for the “office-all” look include a bold clutch, chunky necklace, or matching pumps. Finish the look off with chunky gold earrings or a chain-link necklace and a blazer.

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