10 Ways To Wear Overalls And Not Feel Like A Kindergartner

Trust me, these things are crackable

Ever absolutely loved a trend but had no idea how to pull it off? You see girls hopping off of trains and walking down city streets rocking it like it's effortless, but when you try it on in a dressing room you look just...awkward, wrong. You want to tap the mirror and sign "get it together" at your reflection, as if that'll move things along. It's head scratching. But sometimes all you need is a couple of tips on how to style the piece in question and it transforms on your body, letting you own it with your own style and your own aesthetic. So that's just what we're going to do with overalls today! Below are 10 ways to style overalls and not feel like a kindergartner.  

1. Add Stripes

At a loss what to put underneath your pair? I'm all for going with a cute bralette, but if you want something a little more covered up for grocery shopping or running errands, try popping on a nautical striped shirt. 

2. Add A Handkerchief

Have an oxford shirt or white pussybow blouse? Add a splash of interest to the simple look by tying a handkerchief around your neck a la the soda-shop girls in the '50s. 

3. Combine Your Classics Together

If you feel like the overall is just too loud for your classic taste, try making it fit into your wardrobe by pairing it down with clean staples: Match it with a button down, fight the spring breeze with a trench, and add a flirty bow to your top bun for good measure. 

4. Get Cozy With It

Feeling relaxed today? Grab your overalls and partner them with a slouchy cardigan and a knit beanie, giving you an off-duty vibe that can't lose. 

5. Use Your Knit Scarves

Balance out the bottom-heavy denim by bundling a scarf close to your neck, making the look feel more proportional. 

6. Leather Jackets Fix Everything

A quick way to give your overalls an urban edge is to pair it with your trust leather jacket - and don't forget your clunky oxfords or doc martens!

7. Pussybows Keep Things Quirky

Here's a mix of both classic and quirk: Match your overalls with a clean oxford shirt, and then give it a pinch of flirtiness by tying a ribbon into a pussybow close to your neck. So sweet.

8. Blazers Add A Polished Touch

Want to feel more like a grownup in your overalls? Give it a more mature look by grabbing one of your favorite button downs (patterned ones will work here, too!) and shrug on a blazer. Instant elegance.

9. Use Your Printed Tops

I'm willing to bet you have all sorts of assorted patterned tops in your closet: polka dots, gingham, plaids, floral, boho patterns, the works! Dust them off and match them with your overalls, adding a statement necklace or earrings to really give it some glamour. 

10. Go Totally Casual


Or go the other direction and dress like you've got no where pressing to be. Tie up your favorite kicks, add a cozy turtleneck, roll the cuffs up of your cargo jacket, and don't forget the slouchy beanie. Voila - instant chicness. 

Marlen Komar is a writer living in Chicago with a penchant for mom jeans and kimchi tacos, and primarily writes about fashion history. She has bylines in Bustle, CNN Style, Racked, Allure, Curbed, and Apartment Therapy, and rarely stays in one place too long as she travels for most of the year. Website: marlenkomar.com