How To Wear Overalls Without Looking Like A Farmer

Stumped on how to style overalls without looking frumpy? Check out our styling solutions as tested by Editorial Assistant Kat Collings.
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  • How To Wear Overalls Without Looking Like A Farmer
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    It’s no coincidence that blogging mogul Leandra Medine chose to wear overalls on the cover of her debut book, Man Repeller. After all, utilitarian dungarees are practically the poster child of unflattering clothing, repelling men and women alike. Clearly the farmer favorite has a bit of a public image problem, so I thought it was the perfect subject for my next trend trial treatment. Read on for my styling tips on how to craft an overall look that is less down-home and more darling.

  • Overalls 1
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Overalls are inherently comfortable, so for my first look I wanted to embrace the causal feel. When dressing down dungarees, the main goal is to keep them from looking disheveled. My tip: pay attention to the details, like swapping flats for a heeled shoe (especially if you’re 5’4’’ like me) and making sure to wear a slim-fitting top. 
     

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; Edith A. Miller Combo Short Sleeve Tee ($86); Talula Wiltern Jacket ($120) in Surplus; Rebecca Minkoff Pip Wood Heel Sandals ($295) in Brown; Baggu Drawstring Purse ($140) in Caramel; Triwa Peach Thelma Sunglasses ($195); Jennifer Fisher Side ID Cuff Plated with Rose Gold ($175).

  • Overalls 2
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    A military-inspired field jacket is the sort of staple every girl should have in her closet. I find it’s often the perfect complement to casual outfits.

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; Edith A. Miller Combo Short Sleeve Tee ($86); Talula Wiltern Jacket ($120) in Surplus; Baggu Drawstring Purse ($140) in Caramel; Triwa Peach Thelma Sunglasses ($195); Jennifer Fisher Side ID Cuff Plated with Rose Gold ($175).

  • Overalls 3
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Since overalls are generally looser fitting—and should be, unless you’re going for a roller disco look, which you’re not—heels are key for creating an outfit that is smart, not sloppy. A chunky heel is a comfortable choice and aligns with the daytime feel.

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; Rebecca Minkoff Pip Wood Heel Sandals ($295) in Brown; Baggu Drawstring Purse ($140) in Caramel.

  • Overalls 4
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    One of my favorite purse silhouettes for summer is the slouchy bucket bag. The ‘70s-inspired drawstring pouch is downright practical, as it can expand and contract for whatever you may need to carry!

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; Edith A. Miller Combo Short Sleeve Tee ($86); Talula Wiltern Jacket ($120) in Surplus; Rebecca Minkoff Pip Wood Heel Sandals ($295) in Brown; Baggu Drawstring Purse ($140) in Caramel; Triwa Peach Thelma Sunglasses ($195); Jennifer Fisher Side ID Cuff Plated with Rose Gold ($175).

  • Overalls 5
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Since overalls are the ultimate casual piece, for my second look I wanted to take on the challenge of styling them for evening. The key to transforming denim coveralls is to pair them with decidedly dressy pieces such as a formal clutch and glitzy jacket.

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; Club Monaco Kenna Shirt ($120); Guess Embellished Jacket ($178); JewelMint Wild Kingdom Ring ($30); Steven by Steve Madden Whisp Pump ($119) in Black; Ashlyn’d Frosty Clutch ($385) in Sea Foam; Jennifer Zeuner Yvette Two Band Ring ($220); JewelMint City Lights Necklace ($30).

  • Overalls 6
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    Little pearls cascade around the outer shell of this clear acrylic clutch, making it the ultimate statement accessory.

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; JewelMint Wild Kingdom Ring ($30); Ashlyn’d Frosty Clutch ($385) in Sea Foam; Jennifer Zeuner Yvette Two Band Ring ($220.

  • Overalls 7
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    The embellished trophy jacket is obviously the centerpiece of the outfit, but subtle details like a jeweled necklace and red lips and nails underscore the dressy vibe. 

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; Club Monaco Kenna Shirt ($120); Guess Embellished Jacket ($178); JewelMint Wild Kingdom Ring ($30); Ashlyn’d Frosty Clutch ($385) in Sea Foam; Jennifer Zeuner Yvette Two Band Ring ($220); JewelMint City Lights Necklace ($30).

  • Overalls 8
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Stylist: Neelo Noory

    When dressing up your overalls, a single cuff feels more polished than multiple rolls.

    What I Wore:
    True Religion Erin Overall ($358) in Lost Paradise; Steven by Steve Madden Whisp Pump ($119) in Black; Ashlyn’d Frosty Clutch ($385) in Sea Foam; Jennifer Zeuner Yvette Two Band Ring ($220).

  • Style this pair with a tuxedo vest, silk tank, and lace-up heels for an after-hours look.

    Citizens of Humanity Quincy Overalls ($297)

  • If you want an alternative to denim, consider these dreamy eyelet dungarees. They’ll take you everywhere from a weekend brunch to the farmers’ market.

    Free People Straight Eyelet Overalls ($100) in Ivory

  • Give these overalls a sexy spin by pairing them with a low-back blouse.

    Big Star Heather Overalls ($118)

  • No need to stick to solids; mix it up with a pair of polka-dot coveralls.

    ASOS Spot Print Overalls in Twill ($77) in Black/White

  • Still unsure about committing to the trend? These affordable overalls are the perfect starter set.

    BDG Denim Overall ($69)

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