denim-overalls-white-top-styleTaa-daahh!!! ‘I’m back and I’m here to stay‘ said the denim overall in 2013 summer. So what happens when a ’90’s clothing hit meets the ’90’s comeback fashion trends? We end up with the most brilliant reinvention and a massive imagination and fashion creativity boom. Today’s topic: Denim Overalls. Who’s guilty as charged for it? One of my lovely readers who’s asked me to do a post on this trend, and with this confession comes more from my part: I thought there was no way in hell I was ever going to at least like denim overalls. Hated them as a kid, never did them in the 90s, so what, are they gonna surprise me this time round? My boundaries aside, and an open mind ahead and what do you know? Streets are actually packed with great denim overalls and style bloggers are doing this look like crazy. Actually I kinda hold them all responsible alongside Rihanna, and that ’90’s inspo (TLC – for a rap urban take on the farmer’s uniform or Katie Holmes for that goody-goody look). And the funny part, I actually remembered I do own one of these once-farmer-uniforms-now-posh-attire… WTF, right? Lesson of the day: rely on your fashionista subconscious to take the right decisions when you get lazy on the upper floor. Still, ain’t all that great. Probably can’t fit into it anymore and that’s just because it was purchased during my skin-tight-obsession-period. Ah well… we’ve all got our fashion skeletons in the closet. (mine is packed but that’s another story). Back to the the Denim Overalls Looks & the How To’s… 90s-style-denim-overalls-katie-holmes90s-style-denim-overallslong-denim-overall-street-styleThe classic 2013 Denim Overall Look is basically a trendy laid back style of boy-meets-girl. Though the fashion scene, streets, retail chains, vintage shops (these are the best for great denim overalls finds) are filled with a dime o dozen of styles and designs, the one that might be labeled as the hit of the naughties is the slightly oversized design, think boyfriend jeans, vintage looking denim, & tons of jewellery (statement necklaces and bangles are the best way to balance the boy’ish look). And before we dip into the shoes talk (cause let’s face it, they make all the outfit statement and dress it up or down) I think it’s worth mentioning that the main trait of the 2013 Denim Overall is its millions of styles (sure the BF look is the hit, but one can do so many more others and get away with it). denim-overalls-heels-styledenim-overalls-streetstyleThere’s the Long Denim Overalls which can be oversized, tight (think structured smart jumpsuit), ’70’s style, with fuller upper part (covering up a great deal of your top for ex.) or more cut-out for you to show off your tank top, bandeau or those tight abs. dark-wash-denim-overallsboots-denim-overall-leather-jacketdenim-overalls-boyfriend-stylerihanna-denim-overallsThe Short Denim Overall is the girly cute style that can be treated like a dress: if it’s loose and relaxed it’ll look amazing with a tight top, loads of bling and shades. If it’s tight you might want to balance it with more understated accessories. denim-overalls-trend (2)Fleurstreetstyle3how-to-style-denim-overallshow-to-wear-short-denim-overallsBoth styles look great and the choice of denim color/texture/fabric is limitless. Oh… and there’s one more style I actually really like, I’ve seen Rihanna sporting it in a brilliant way the all-covered-up-denim-overall (it’s not called like that, no idea what it’s called). It’s the long loose overall style with long sleeves and a buttoned top (think denim trousers and denim shirt in one). Riri is looking gorgeous in this light wash denim overalls with classic pumps. Perfect. rihanna-full-coverup-denim-overallsdenim-overalls-street-styledenim-overalls-lookHow to wear Denim Overalls? I think the easiest way to nail the D.O. (read denim overalls) look is to treat them like dresses, except for the part that you have to wear a top underneath. Which is actually not too bad, just because more layering will add more chicness or that hipster vibe to your outfit. So D.O. are a heaven to perfect your layering. I love the plain white tee look or the bandeau look underneath a vintage loose D.O. with a statement necklace, a golden watch, a big colored clutch, wayfarer shades and heels. Tip: it looks even better if you roll up your denim trousers, or leave one strap unbuttoned. denim-overalls-fashion-trenddenim-overalls-heelsdenim-overalls-trendrihanna-denim-overalls (2)smart-denim-overallsoverallssummer-trends-denim-overallsFor a more sophisticated look add a leather jacket on top or do the urban chic & glam version of the D.O.: hot heels, red nails & lips, baseball cap and loads of bling. Another way to do it is to keep it classy: heels/ballet pumps or flat sandals & a white shirt or blazer on top. Sort of Friday office outfit. Bottom line is you can spice up the look, tone it down, keep it basic or go over the top on hipster style – it’s gonna look good either way. Heels make it look urban and hot, sneakers make it laid back and cool, ankle boots give it a rocknroll style, gladiator sandals are boho-chic. You can’t go wrong with Denim Overalls. I get that now. :) Better late than never right?

I’ll leave you with more street style pics for fashion inspo…  denim-overall-rock-styledenim-overalls-styleimagelarge (2)largelight-wash-denim-overall-slooklong-denim-overallshort-denim-overall-sporty-lookshort-denim-overalls-styleshort-denim-overall-street-stylelarge (1)streetstyle-denim-overallsstreet-style-denim-overallssummer-trends-2013-oversized-denim-overallsvintage-denim-overallsphotos via pintrest & google images

20 replies
  1. Keena Fogelquist
    Keena Fogelquist says:

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

  2. heidi
    heidi says:

    hi, can someone tell me how low is to low for the from of the DO’s? like how low is to low for the front to be under the breast. Is it suppose to be parallel? or lower?

  3. David Trevor Jones
    David Trevor Jones says:

    Hi! I’m a UK-resident, dungaree-wearing man and I just love both men and women in them. For men the authentic US workwear styles are essential. Definitely NOT the fashion brands. And I prefer the same for women – I find the looser fit, fuller shape with larger bib much sexier than the current fashion skinnies! I’m really enjoying wearing a new pair of Red Kap overalls at the moment and I also love Big Smith and Dickies, all classic styles. All power to, they’re providing a terrific service but a limited range. I get mine mail-order from the USA. Try or I’ve bought from both. If they’ll deliver to the UK they’ll certainly deliver to SF! My girlfriend thinks I look ‘sweet’ in them! Bibs Up! David

  4. Roland
    Roland says:

    Overalls are fantastic, I totally love them!
    They are the coolest piece of clothing on earth. Whenever I see a nice pair that might fit me (fashion overalls for men are still hard to find, unfortunately), I just have to try them on. Women in overalls can look very sexy btw.

    • Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina)
      Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) says:

      totally agree with you! overalls are a very simple but sophisticated piece, and can transform into sooo many looks and styles. both men and women look fantastic in them, but i agree, they’re not too common in menswear. Thanks Roland!

      • Roland
        Roland says:

        Thanks for your reply Dana!
        You are right, the possibilities for styling overalls are endless!
        Currently, the largest selection of overalls for both men and women is offered on, a UK-based online store that ships worldwide. I originally thought that overalls would be easier to get in the US, but as I am working in San Francisco right now, I have to say that they are pretty hard to find here. I guess NYC might be the exception, but I guess London and Paris are much better places to find fashion overalls right now. Europe definitely seems to be on the fashion front with regard to overalls, I remember many stores in Barcelona (that’s where I worked before) where you could buy them and many women wearing them on the street. How is it in London these days?

        PS: let me know if you plan to visit SF

  5. jennifer stewart
    jennifer stewart says:

    if your a plus sized girl like me over all’s tend to just look weird on you but if you honestly carry it off you’ll look great stay away from the really baggy one’s and get a pair that fit best advice

  6. reversecommuter
    reversecommuter says:

    I came soooo close to buying a pair of the 7 for all mankind overalls earlier this spring – love the look just wasn’t sold that I would wear them enough.
    Now you have me thinking again…..

  7. elkeeb
    elkeeb says:

    My favorite takes on this trend is everything Rihanna is wearing haha! I used to have a few pairs of these in high school, in denim, green khaki and some blue…….memories


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