Overalls, Really?!?

When I was in my 20’s and early 30’s I lived in, and lived for, a good pair of denim overalls. One of my favorites was a pair of size 16 from GAP kids I scored for $ 19.99, let’s just call that one of the benefits of being under 5’4″.
Then during my maternity years, overalls were a staple in the waxing and waning of my childbearing belly. 3 kids in 4 years and a 70 lb weight gain with each (yes, you read that right, scary but true) made them basically a necessity.
So, needless to say, overalls have a special place in my heart. Whenever I’d see them in a store I’d try, keyword here is TRY, to make them work. In the past they just make me feel like a wannabe teenage farmer – NOT the look I was going for – so I’d pass.

Kind of like the pair below. I posted it on my Instagram feed in March of 2016 – that’s when overalls were just starting to make their way on to the scene and into the stores. There was a hard pass on that pair, and those of you that followed me back then HATED them.

But, this year, We are LOVING them! For Real!

Recently, both Elana and I have been crushing on the whole overall, coverall, flight suit thing. They’re kind of like a jumpsuit, so it has the ease of all-in-one dressing.  But it’s a bit tougher than one made of silk. So it gives that uncomplicated, effortless, je ne sais quoi vibe. AND it easily transitions from sporty to cocktail just with a change of accessories.

Before you say NO WAY… hear us out…

The RULES for pulling off overalls, coveralls and flight suits.

  1. They’re just hitting the mainstream. Wearing a one-piece “utility” type suit is definitely for early adopters right now. But we are seeing it gain a lot of traction. Even if you’re not ready to pull the trigger, keep it on your radar. Kind of like how we told you about sock booties 3 years ago – we’re letting you know about it early so you can opt in when you’re ready.
  2. DO NOT pair them with a plaid flannel and cowboy boots or you will feel like Old McDonald.
  3. Make them look effortless and chic by wearing them with a heel (boot, sandal or pump – but a heel) and a slim top underneath. For the winter make it a turtleneck and boots like Hallie did above. And in the warmer weather a sleeveless ribbed tank, an old favorite that feels totally new again and pumps.
  4. Transition them from day to night with accessories – flat sandals and a cross body bag for daytime, heels and a clutch for night.
  5. If you want to wear them with sneakers, make sure to show some ankle. And also know it gives off a “younger” vibe. You can do it if you’re 40+ but just be mindful of the other accessories you’re wearing. Like don’t add a backpack to the mix or someone might ask if you want a juice box not a bloody mary.

My Favorite Overalls, Coveralls, and Flight Suits (also called Boilersuits)

Some Street Style Inspo

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Victoria Beckham Is Making Us Want to Buy This Topshop Boilersuit

Keep it simple! Team your khaki overalls with black ankle boots & black clutch

Smart casual: Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns teamed her denim jumpsuit with a plain black blazer and black brogues

 

Are you feeling inspired? Did you wear overalls in the past? Think you’ll try them again? I honestly didn’t think I would, but I’m loving them!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Molly Nook

Outfit details: Overalls  run small, size up // Turtleneck // Boots run tts // Bag reversible and under $100

Street style photos: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8// 9

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa abrams Reply

    Hi Hallie—happy new year!
    Here’s my question—is have a couple of cute pants with elastic waistbands—are they “out” and if not, what kind of tops look good with them? I hate tucking in!!
    Xxoo
    Lisa

    • Hallie Abrams Reply

      Hi Lisa! Ok, so elastic waistbands are not “out” but then you can’t see the cool part (the waist) if you don’t tuck in… There’s also a difference between a gathered waist, like a jogger where if you don’t tuck in it’ll add bulk and look funny. And a flat seam waistband that you don’t necessarily want to see and is made for an untucked top. Happy New Year! xoxo

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