Every season, we see a trend where you either love it or you hate it. Over the last year or two, we have seen the overalls trying to make a comeback. Here’s the question: are you ready for them to comeback? I’ll never forget my favorite pair of zip-front overalls that I bought with my birthday money at The Gap the summer of my 14th birthday. I wore them so much that I wore authentic holes in each knee. At the time, I remember thinking they were super hip and incredibly comfortable. Today, it might look more like I’m wearing a big denim potato sack with a saggy baggy butt. Darling! If you are having flashbacks to your ninth grade overalls, you might want to keep them back in 1998 where they belong. But before you write off overalls all together, take note of the new and improved styles.
The big difference in the modern overall is the cut and fit. Gone are the days of overalls that you could fit a small family in. Overalls in the here and now are slim and trim, but still give you a little wiggle room. One thing that I am noticing is the legs taking a tip from skinny jeans, fitting a bit more tailored in the thigh and buns down to the ankle. Overall, the new ‘alls are all about flattering the figure. Would you even believe that was possible?
Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to jump back into them myself. I was a little skeptical in the beginning, but thought if the pair and price was right I would give ’em another round. Well, I just happened to be in Nordstrom a few weeks ago returning a gift and came across this pair by BLANK in the new Savvy Department. I loved the color and wash, and on the hanger, they looked like a flattering cut. They looked to be modern, yet not overly trendy. They lured their way into the dressing room and onto my body. I fell in love, took them to the register, exchanged the gift, took them home, and have been wearing them ever since. Even Dave likes them!! What the what? Oh, and did I mention they stretch? They stretch.
Whether you are ready to jump into this trend, you’re on the fence, or you are completely repulsed, here are 16 options out there that just might change your mind!
BLANK NYC DENIM OVERALL 1 of 17
HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN OF MY LOOK:
1. Roll 'em: One of the ways that you can modernize your overall look is by doing a little roll of the pant legs to create a bit of a high-water ankle cut. This is especially cute with a pair of booties or flats.
2. Gray t-shirt: When in doubt, go gray. You'll NEVER go wrong with a gray V-neck t-shirt. Pairing this simple V-neck tee that I bought at American Apparel over six years ago under my overalls keeps it effortless and fresh. I would avoid anything too busy or baggy. May I also suggest a white button down? I also have been pairing that look together.
3. Leopard Flats - Generally, I love to pair my overalls with a pair of ankle booties with a heel, especially for fall. However, when I am chasing my toddler around, sometimes I need to be flat and light on my feet. Naturally, I turn to my Gap leopard flats to keep it snappy.
4. Light Tan Wool Hat - The wool hat is the accessory of the season. I recently picked this one up in a small boutique. If you go with a straw hat, you may start lookin' a little too country bumpkin. This hat, however, felt like it bumped it up a notch in style without trying too hard.
5. Red lips: With this neutral palette of colors, I felt like this look needed a little kick of color. I opted for a bright poppy red. I love how how it plays off the hat.
FREE PEOPLE CANYONLANDS CORD OVERALL 2 of 17
I would wear these cord overalls from Free People in a heartbeat. How about you? The print is present without being over the top. Again, notice the cuff and booties. A henley underneath and couple simple chains in different lengths and bracelets, and you are good to go.
FREE PEOPLE LA WASHED OVERALL 3 of 17
These may be my favorite of the bunch. They look like they'd feel like a dream to wear. The soft light blue wash keeps these comfy and chic. This look is styled a bit more for spring, but paired with a fitted long sleeve soft tee would be just the ticket. I want.
FOREVER 21 CHIC DISTRESSED OVERALLS 4 of 17
For $34.80, you just can't go wrong with this slim pair of overalls with the button down detail on the bib. If you aren't crazy about the idea of dropping over a hundred bucks on a trend, then this is the way to go! Another popular way to style your overalls this fall is to wear it with a drapey open cardigan, like you see here.
FOREVER 21 FLORAL FANTASY 5 of 17
Not all overalls have to be denim or made of heavy fabrics. They can also be light and dressy. This pair incorporates the floral trend that has been going strong for the last couple of years. However, the rose print on top of the black keeps it right for fall.
Washed Cord Overall 6 of 17
Yellow is my favorite color, but for overalls? I'm going to vote yes on this cute corduroy pair from Free People. Also, pairing them with the dark heels is a nice unexpected touch. What do you think?
Hatch the Overalls 7 of 17
That is a bump you are seeing! Overalls are making their way into the maternity section as well. Here is a black silky pair from Hatch.
Spotted Southwestern overalls 8 of 17
In searching the wide world web for overalls, I noticed the trend seems to be wearing crop tops with overalls. I however will have to skip that trend for multiple reasons, one being my stretched out post baby mid-drift that no one wants to see. But as far as these flowy patterned pair goes, I think I would give them a go.
Cassette Society Boulevard Overall Skirt 9 of 17
I've actually tried this little overall dress on because I loved the print and colors so much, but it was a bit short for me. Such a darling overall dress combo for fall!
Houndstooth Print Overalls 10 of 17
I would wear these houndstooth overalls in a heartbeat. I love this dressy fashion forward take on overalls. I especially love the bold black and white loafer heel that they paired with it.
Little White Lies Blossom Velvet overalls 11 of 17
Cue "black velvet" ... another trend we are seeing a return of this season. Pairing them with a long sleeved lacy top adds a fancy touch. Would you wear these black velvet overalls?
Chain Strap Overall Jumpsuit 12 of 17
This pale pink pair is a cross between overalls and jumpers. Let's just call these jumper-alls. For something a little more tailored and dressy, this could be a nice option — maybe throw a black blazer over it?
Tripp NYC Brix Overalls 13 of 17
Here is another pair with the buttons on the bib, but with a bit more rock and roll style. If you're looking for a little bit of edge, these ripped skinny fitted pair will bring the sass. I love the red heels and cat-eyed sunnies.
Life in Progress Overall Dress 14 of 17
I had to throw in a couple of the overall dresses. I think this one would be super sweet for fall paired with a pair of sweater tights and some boots. The khaki green keeps it classy.
Citizens of Humanity Quincy overalls 15 of 17
I showed you a pair of black distressed overalls in a skinny fit. However, if you are looking for a comfier, looser fitting option, take a gander at these from Anthro. I am calling these the boyfriend overalls, taking a tip from boyfriend jeans. A little rip in the knee keeps it looking cool, but still gives you plenty of room to breath. Love the boots and hat, too.
Little White Lies Scallop Overall Dress 16 of 17
This little scalloped pair was just too sweet not to share. Also love the idea of pairing this with some textured tights to keep your legs warm.
Crop Faux Leather Overalls 17 of 17
Lastly, my overall round-up wouldn't be complete without leather! Faux-leather to be exact. We're seeing the leather trend everywhere this season, and overalls are no exception. I saw these hanging on the rack a week ago, and the gal working in Savvy insists they look amazing on. This is definitely a very fashion forward look that many would be hesitant to hop into, but if you've got the confidence, you too can rock it 'all!