8 Ways to Wear Overalls Without Looking Like an Overgrown 5-Year-Old
I still love this trend, and it's easier to pull off than you think.
Overalls might be one of the sneakiest pieces of clothing on the planet. At first glace, they don't seem difficult to style — they're practically a one-and-done outfit, similar to jumpsuits. But, after trying on 10 different shirts and four shoe styles, the panic sets in and questions arise. Is there a way to wear overalls without look like a 5-year-old? Or a farmer? Or a cartoonish train conductor?
As someone who embraced the trend a few years ago, I can tell you that the short answer is yes. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you get dressed. If you're looking for an outfit that goes beyond the basic white T-shirt and sneakers combo, I have a handful of tried-and-true outfit ideas to help you nail this trend, along with some inspiration courtesy of street style stars.
Go With Something Striped
My favorite way to wear overalls is to give things a nautical spin, styling a striped shirt or sweater underneath. It's classic and eye-catching without being overwhelming or distracting. Then, you can quickly finish off your look with a pair of white sneakers.
Similar to a basic white tee, styling your overalls with a collared shirt is a no-fail choice. However, if you're hoping to keep things fresh while still looking elevated and fancy, try a polo shirt or cardigan instead — two major trends of the moment.
I enjoy puffy- and ruffled-sleeved tops for one big reason: they're perfect for layering. A T-shirt with a voluminious sleeve detail is easy to throw on, but at the same time, it makes big, whimsical statement.
Try Overall Shorts
Overall shorts are on the list of '90s staples that have returned, with stores like Urban Outfitters and Old Navy selling pairs on their sites. A crop top or bralette underneath is an easy solution for staying cool in the summer, but shortalls, as they're called, also looks great with a comfy sweatshirt, especially one in a fun, neon color.
There's another reason to invest in a pair of overalls now: brands like Hermes included them in their Fall 2020 collections, signaling that the trend is here to stay.
Switch Up the Shoes
On top of wearing overalls with sneakers and boots, a pair of strappy, heeled sandals is another smart choice, turning a laid-back look slightly dressy.
Play Around With Graphics
Personally, I love when the text on a T-shirt peeks out from underneath a pair of overalls; it's an interesting detail, and a way to make your overalls all your own. A colorful printed top is another easy way to take things up a notch.
Denim overalls aren't the only pair that belong in your closet. There are faux leather, corduroy, and patterned options to choose from, too, all of which will change the overall vibe of your outfit and work for a variety of occasions, whether it's the office or a music festival.