Denim overalls are easy to wear, like jeans, but a little trickier to style. Pair 'em with the wrong shirt or shoes and you end up feeling like the 11-year-old version of yourself. But overalls are on-trend and if you want to wear your very first pair of (adult) overalls, don't let this small obstacle stand in your way.
I've put together six different overall outfits to show you how to actually wear the one-piece. The major takeaway? There is an art to layering when it comes to overalls, whether that's choosing between a plain tee or peasant blouse, a pair of sandals or a pair of heels. (I'm going with sandals for comfort obvs.)
Enough chit-chat, though, read on to see how to wear your denim overalls, from an original blue option to a wild animal printed one-piece. And for even more styling inspiration, be sure to bookmark our street style round ups.
Slouchy, loose overalls give you that carefree and relaxed feeling, like you're vacationing in Maine or Vermont. This pair is perfectly cropped and distressed to give some subtle texture to the blue denim. Wear with a billowy peasant blouse and easy brown slides to get that effortless out-of-office look.
Don't play it safe with a standard-issue t-shirt under your overalls; layer a polka dot crop top underneath, instead. This will help you stay cool for summer and offer a sexy hint of skin without exposing more than you're comfortable with. These pearl hoops add a delicate touch, while a bucket hat and Birkenstocks make the outfit feel casual enough for a weekend at the park.
For a summer-into-fall transitional look, wear a lightweight sweater underneath your overalls. This Stella McCartney crew neck top complements the ultra distressed Balmain overalls (FYI this pair is quickly selling out, so add it to your cart asap) while the pops on the sleeves give the look some color. Style it with a crossbody bag and a pair of pinkish sandals to tie the whole look together.
Fashion daredevils will want to trade in their blue overalls for this tiger stripe-meets-leopard spots pair. The material is still denim, but the overall design makes a fierce statement. Let the prints shine on their own by layering a black bodysuit underneath—I like turtlenecks—and dress it down with a pair of sneakers.
If you feel like a little kid in denim overall shorts, try pairing them with "grown-up" pieces. My picks include this blousy white top from J.Crew, a Fendi rattan crossbody bag, and a smart pair of ballet flats from Stuart Weitzman. Add on a beaded and pearl combo bracelet, which gives off an air of playfulness without making you feel like you're in elementary school again.
Shop the pieces: 1. H&M overalls, $30; 2. J.Crew top, $52; 3. Fendi rattan bag, $3,390; 4. Catbird gold bracelet, $93; 5. Eliou bracelet, $76; 6. Stuart Weitzman ballet flats, $295
The New Yorker in me loves this almost all-black outfit. To give the look an interesting masculine feel, wear with a printed shirt from AllSaints (plucked from the mens section, just size down if you want it to be more fitted) and thick-sole combat ankle boots. A structured handbag and gold ring completes the outfit.
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