You either love or hate overalls, it seems, but regardless of the feelings you ascribe to the oh-so-polarizing denim coveralls, they’ve been around for a long time and aren’t showing any signs of going away. That being said, if you fall into the latter category of dungaree distaste, perhaps a brief recap of the wardrobe staple’s influence may sway you in the opposite direction. Scroll down for a history of overalls, as told by us.
Fun fact: Though traditionally farmers wore overalls in blue denim, house painters and carpenters wore them in white. This archival photo from 1945 shows a female farmer wearing her overalls with a straw hat and T-shirt.
By the time the late '60s hit, overalls were a popular style choice and worn in different fabrics and cuts. This snapshot of a Southern California high school student is pretty groovy, if you ask us.
British actress Julie Christie's airport overalls look is seriously inspiring.
If Sarah Jessica Parker in a daisy-embellished hat, strong-shouldered blazer, and pinstripe overalls doesn't make you miss the '80s just a little, well, then we don't know what will.
Ah, TLC. For a more thorough breakdown of '90s hip-hop fashion, check out our coverage on the new documentary Fresh Dressed.
Thanks to daring style insiders like Alexa Chung, wearing overalls is cool again.
Kate Bosworth—and the recent revival of '70s-inspired clothes—proves that overalls' staying power is strong.
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