How to wear overalls: 10 street style tips for turning this farmer staple into the ultimate fashion statement

How to wear overalls
Photography by Peter Stigter
How to wear overalls
Photography by Peter Stigter

How to wear overalls »

Once in a fashionable blue moon there is a happy coincidence between the trend du jour and comfort. Luckily for style devotees, this season is rife with such coincidences. The must have items range from bedazzled Birkenstocks to roomy menswear and now we can add the ever-practical overall to the list.

First seen back in the early 1900s, the overall has weathered the test of time. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the overall took flight as the It item for everyone from Will Smith in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Jennifer Aniston’s iconic Rachel on Friends. Have no fear though—today’s overalls are anything but a bad high school flashback. Goodbye frumpy mom’s version—hello to overalls in sleek leather and bold prints.

So, how to wear overalls while making them look modern and totally grown up? It’s all in the outfit pairing. Pretty much every one of our favourite looks featured below favours a plain shirt or a crisp tee underneath, elevating the look to office-appropriate territory. No longer should it be passed over for being frumpy or dowdy—the latest looks from the street prove that the overall is one of the hippest pieces to own.