Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How To Style Overalls

Chances are, at least one of your favorite fashion trends from childhood has made a comeback in recent years - overalls! Overalls are popping up everywhere. While sporting denim overalls seems pretty foolproof (after all, everything matches with denim), figuring out the right shirt, shoes and accessories to pair with your overalls is an art form. Overalls, once the domain of farmers and factory workers, have made a surprisingly fashionable comeback. How to style overalls without looking more like a farmer?

Here are a few tips to help you look great in your favorite childhood trend:

Fit is key. If you have a longer or shorter torso, try and find a pair of overalls with adjustable straps so there is no gapping (or pulling) in the crotch area. Try stripes, however, are an almost guaranteed home run. Channel your inner sailor with a blue-and-white striped shirt and you'll look adorable. Plaids can be a little challenging with overalls, because it might make you look like driving a tractor all day if you styled the wrong way. That's why I wore the plaid shirt as a mid layer here.

If you're going for a pair of roomy, slouchy overalls, opt for an ultra feminine shirt underneath. Lace tops, frilly details and off-the-shoulder shirts will help balance out the more masculine silhouette. Choose grown-up accessories. To avoid looking like a toddler in overalls, leave the bows, backpacks and pigtails at home. Instead, go for structured bags, sleek gold jewelry and a topknot to finish your look.

Shorter gals can either cuff the legs of their overalls if they are too long, or opt for shortalls for better proportions. I'm not tall, so I styled the overalls with a cropped sweater. (Find out How To Look Taller And Leaner Here). Cropped sweaters are very hot now, we've recently taken notice of ladies sporting these short knits in fresh, contemporary ways. The bare midriff trend hardly seems winter-friendly, that's why it's a perfect combination with overalls!

Mink Pink Cropped Sweater (Old, Similar Here and Here)
True Religion Plaid Shirt (Old, Similar Here)
Bebe Hat (Old, Similar Here)
Report Velvet Booties (Similar Here)

Photo by Julie Doro

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