The Fashion Magpie Denim Overalls

A Tribute to the Overall.

I wouldn’t have thought it a few years ago, but I’ve come around to the denim overall as a wardrobe staple.  And not just any pair of overalls.  These, from Madewell.  I have been asked about them dozens of times, including recently, by several members of my book club who asked where I’d gotten my farmer frans (I wore them to the last book club with a frilly white blouse and my GGs).  They have a magical kind of stretch that elongates and slims the body.  Don’t ask me how or why — just order yourself a pair and revel in the lift and length they afford, and the bedeviling feeling of being a child again.

I also own a pair of white denim overalls I found at Old Navy at all places very similar to these that I lived in during the spring, pairing them with Kule striped tees.

I have been eyeing this pair in black, too, and in case my Madewell tried-and-trues just don’t fit you right, check out these from Free People, which have a similar ethos.

Finally, I saw a pregnant lady rocking a pair of overalls with neon pink (!) high-top (!!) Golden Goose (!!!) sneakers and did a quadruple take.  She looked epically chic.  I think she might have been wearing this pair from Hatch, but there are lots of less expensive options out there, including these, these, and these.

Personally, I like to layer frilly/feminine blouses underneath my joveralls to create visual tension.  There’s something startling and chic about a floral peeking out from underneath some farmer frans.  A few of my top picks for blouses:

THIS JACQUARD SLEEVED STYLE ($50!)

THIS ELEGANTLY DETAILED CHLOE (LOOKS HANDMADE!)

THIS STUNNING FLORAL

THIS EYELET MOCKNECK, WHICH I OWN — LOOKS LIKE AN ULLA!

THIS BLOCK-PRINT, REMINISCENT OF MY SUMMER-LONG AFFAIR WITH SZBLOCKPRINTS

THIS PRAIRIE-CHIC BLOUSE ($39!)

THIS FRILLED SWEATER (GET THE LOOK FOR LESS WITH THIS)

THIS FROTHY WHITE (I OWN A SIMILAR STYLE FROM VERONICA BEARD THAT I WEAR CONSTANTLY)

ANY OF THE TUCKER CLASSIC BLOUSES — MY SISTER USED TO DESIGN FOR THIS LABEL AND I HAVE SEVERAL BLOUSES/DRESSES FROM HERE THAT I STILL LOVE AND WEAR

P.S.  You might also consider any of these.

P.P.S.  Affordable luxuries and fall/winter micro-trends you need to know about.

9 Comments

  1. I love this ode to overalls! I have several pairs (eek) and my favorites are a skinny pair by Citizens of Humanity and a light blue linen-blend pair by Baserange. I definitely concur on the power of the feminine blouse as a contrasting match! Love these picks, especially the Sézane. Love the Dôen sweater, too, but I think some of their blouses could look amazing, too! I’ve had a few on my wishlist this year.

    1. COH is such an underrated brand these days — it was all I wore for a good year or two of college! Thanks for the reminder! xo

    2. Fully agreed! I feel like they revamped the brand a couple of years ago & they have some really current styles now. xo

  2. My Madewell overalls came earlier this week. After I saw your post (read them everything morning while I drink my coffee and kids eat breakfast), I wore mine. With a grey bodysuit. Got asked if I worked in the supplement section at Whole Foods …must have been looking crunchier than usual. Just ordered the H&M top!!

    1. OMG Cristina!!! That’s happened to me before in stores, too. WHOOPS. I think the bodysuit sounds chic! Don’t you love the fit of those overalls?! xxx

  3. I never thought I’d be one to wear overalls, but I have a pair of Madewell black ones and I love them! I sitll struggle with what to wear with them, so I will try a feminine blouse. xo

    1. You are so right! This dawned on me yesterday — the dryer in our apartment is broken so we had to use the laundry room in the building and I didn’t need to take a bag, just tucked my phone, key, and laundry card into my 34989 pockets. HA!

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