How to Rock Overalls Without Looking Like a Toddler En Route to a Hoedown

Some will make cracks about barn raisings — joke’s on them. Cult-favorite Australian brand Daisy and others have brought whimsical, country-chic dressing into the zeitgeist. Then there will be those who will ask if you’re back to wearing OshKosh B’gosh. Again, it’s as if you are rubber and they are glue — the playful, unexpected “adult baby” look is beyond in right now thanks to fashion-forward labels like Shushu/Tong. Long story short, don’t let anyone dissuade you from trying out this season’s most comfortable, one-stop street style trend; the overalls craze has arrived and it isn’t going anywhere.

Leigh Lezark rocked the trend at Chloés Fall/Winter 2017 show.

Leigh Lezark rocked the trend at Chloés Fall/Winter 2017 show; Image: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

The 90s resurgence is responsible, in part, for the recent rise of overalls. Baggy throwback styles by brands like Lee and Calvin Klein are basically the epitome of summery tomboy cool. A cropped off-the-shoulder top and sleek sneaks will bring the look firmly into the present. Pro tip: Overalls are the perfect pairing for those who wish to dabble in the crop top trend without fully committing. Who could say no to a flirty, fashionable outfit that conceals our BBQ-induced burger babies?

Overalls were a street style staple at the recent Paris menswear shows.

Overalls were a street style staple at the recent Paris menswear shows; Image: Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

They’re also insanely convenient. Much like maxi dresses or jumpsuits, overalls are not only an outfit component, but capable of being your entire ensemble. At night, throw on a blazer to polish up your thigh-length denim dungarees. During the day, layer overalls over whatever topper matches your mood, whether that entails something arm-baring and embellished, bell-sleeve and button-down or skin-tight and waterproof. (Have we mentioned they’re formidable alternatives to beach cover-ups? Well, they are.) For cocktail events, opt for overalls in more sophisticated fabrics and you’ll be sitting pretty (and cozily).


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These carefree one-pieces exude that Jane Birkin-esque level of chic nonchalance to which every accessory and item of clothing aspires — so long as the tailoring is right. To elongate your legs, opt for something fitted and flared. If you prefer a baggier silhouette, be sure to cuff your hems (or, ideally, stick with shortalls) to avoid being swallowed in denim. And you can never go wrong with a clinging black pair.

Not sure where to begin your overalls overhaul? Click through the slideshow below to shop our favorite styles.