Our topsy-turvy weather would try the patience of any fashionista, but the savvy know all about layers. Maybe that’s why overalls are having a moment. You can wear clothes both under them and over, with the added advantage of a warm fabric if they’re denim.
Vikki Kavanagh, leisurewear buyer for Harvey Nichols, points out that dungarees can be very flattering. She admits that any denim is a key trend this season, but insists that bib overalls are THE statement piece.
Denim’s heavy enough to carry a faux fur with it. A mesh jacket, bomber or check shirt all paint a casual look in keeping with an item traditionally worn by workers (so we’re told!). If you’re more city girl than artisan, smarten up with a blouse and blazer.
Forget the baggy style of the past, and wear your overalls skinny or slightly cropped with a cuff. Swap blue for white stretch denim, teamed with a lacy top in the same colour, or contrasted with a pastel t-shirt.
Layer the neckline with a crop top, an off the shoulder version, or a halter. Unbutton one side of the bib, or both. Tease with a slogan tee peeking out, or go fishing for a breton. Drag on a wide belt in light tan for blue denim, self-coloured for white, or matched to your top.
Accessorise with animal prints, an oversize bag, and footwear in the form of sneakers, lace-ups, pointed flats, sandals, and platforms or heels (always in the mix). Top with a straw hat, and wrap that plaid shirt around your waist.
Whatever you choose – and you could have them all! – don’t forget to rip, especially with a classic denim wash. Leave hems exposed and unfinished, and customise with patches for an individual touch. Slap on a solid block in a darker shade to create a feature. When spring turns to summer, transform your dungarees into short overalls.
Denim is tough and practical, and relatively inexpensive, which makes it suitable in times of austerity. Or does it just mean that you can have more of it? We say, go for it!
The featured photo is of Fashionvibe Wearing Denim Overalls From Zara, Crop Top And Bag From Proenza Schouler
Lucita Yañez is wearing denim overalls from Zara
Julie Sarinana is wearing a white overalls and shirt from Paige Denim, clutch from Clare Vivier and shoes from Anine Bing
Jessie Bush is wearing a black fedora hat from ASOS, T-Shirt from APC, vintage overalls from Urban Outfitters, and Birkenstocks
Rumi Neeley is wearing a Quincy denim overalls from Citizens of Humanity and shoes from Celine
Silvia Zamora is wearing a denim dungarees from Peto MiH Jeans, shirt from Zara, leopard print sandals from Senso and the bag is from Valentino
Annabel Rosendahl is wearing a denim overall from Current/Elliott, sand coloured top from FWSS, sandals from Isabel Marant and sunglasses from Rayban
Mary Seng is wearing overalls from Hudson Jeans, T-shirt from Sandro, trainers from Nike and sunglasses from Madewell
Tilda Lindstam is wearing a polka dot blouse with denim overalls Via Stockholm Streetstyle
White distressed denim overalls from Urban Outfitters
Caroline Blomst Is wearing denim overalls, black jumper and slip-ons
Sheryl Luke is wearing a grey top and silver shoes from Zara, bag from Coach and the white denim overalls are from Paige Denim
Lizzy Van Der Light is wearing white denim dungarees/overalls from Ganni, jumper from Isabel Marant, T-Shirt from H&M shoes from Chanel and a bag from Céline
Negin Mirsalehi wearing show washed denim overalls from River Island, striped shirt, bag from Valentino and sunglasses from Miu Miu
Lucy Williams is wearing white denim overalls and vest from TopShop and sandals from Birkenstrock
Alexandra Pereira Is Wearing Distressed Denim Overalls From Vila
Andee Layne Is Wearing Denim Overalls From Hudson, Sunglasses From Super, Bikini From Isla De Mar And Wedges From Topshop
Jenny Ong Is Wearing Black Crop Top From Jaggar, Denim Overalls From Black Orchid, Boots From ShoeMint, And Sunglasses From Salt
Paulien Is Wearing Off-White Top And Denim Overalls From Ganni, Shoes From Zara, Bag From H&M and Oasap Sunglasses
Alexandra Pereira Is Wearing Distressed Denim Overalls From Bershka
Song Of Style Is Wearing White Denim Overalls From Guess, Lace Top From Dolce Vita, Aviator Sunglasses From Beach Riot, Clutch Bag From Simone Camille
Negin Mirsalehi Is Wearing White Crop Top, Distressed Denim Overalls And Nude Sandals
Andee Layne Is Wearing Dark Blue Denim Overalls From Free People, black Off-The-Shoulder Crop Top, Flannel Shirt From Forever21, Proenza Schouler Bag And Sandals From Steve Madden
Eyelet T-Shirt And Denim Overalls Unknown Model/Photographer